UF Roundup: No. 4 Gators earn three softball wins

File photo of Kelly Barnhill pitching in a softball game for the University of Florida.

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The Florida softball team picked up three wins Saturday, defeating Hampton, 7-0, and Jacksonville twice, 2-1 and 4-0 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (32-4) resumed a halted game from Friday with the Dolphins before competing in the finale full game of the day.

Natalie Lugo received her first collegiate start and pitched a gem against Hampton. The West Covina, Calif., native scattered three hits in a complete-game shutout with a season-high 11 strikeouts and no walks.

Hannah Adams gave all the run support Lugo needed with a RBI double in the first inning.

In the 2-1 win over Jacksonville, Florida scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth after Amanda Lorenz doubled to lead off the inning. Kayli Kvistad drove home Lorenz with an RBI single through the left side to give Florida the 2-1 lead.

In the 4-0 win, Kelly Barnhill picked up her eighth complete-game shutout of the season and it was the ninth time this season she has hurled 10 or more strikeouts in a game.

“It was an odd set of circumstances, but it was something that could happen in a regional or something that could happen at the World Series,” UF coach Tim Walton said. “Now we have experience and I thought we did a good job managing our pitching staff.”

Lacrosse: Florida came out firing on all cylinders, scoring a season-high goals en route to a 21-8 win over UConn at Dizney Stadium.

UConn (5-6, 1-2 Big East) struck first on a Sydney Watson goal less than 90 seconds into the contest, but an 11-1 run by the Gators over the next 13:56 of the first half quickly put the game out of reach. Florida (8-3, 3-0) would enter halftime with a commanding 15-4 lead, led by Lindsey Ronbeck’s five first-half goals.

Sophomore defender Cara Trombetta limited the Huskies’ Grace Nolan to zero points, zero shots, and three turnovers in the first half. Nolan entered Saturday’s game ranked second in the NCAA in points (59), and sixth in goals scored (36).

The Gators opened the second half on a quick 3-0 run, taking an 18-4 lead with 25:44 left in the contest. Florida’s 14-point lead was its largest of the season to date. A Caroline Benitez goal with 1:18 remaining in the game gave UF its 21st score of the afternoon, marking the 21st time the Gators have scored at least 21 goals in the nine-year history of the program.

Women’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, Florida defeated Missouri, 4-0, for its fifth consecutive win and improved to 9-1 in the SEC.

The Gators (14-5, 9-1 SEC) opened with strong play on the doubles courts to claim the first team point of the dual match, before McCartney Kessler, Anna Danilina and Peggy Porter posted straight-set singles wins to secure the dual match over the Tigers (11-12, 0-9). UF will cap a busy four-day span on Sunday when the team plays No. 7 Texas (13-4) at the USTA National Campus in Orlando.