This may be a winning formula for the No. 6 Florida softball team the rest of the season.
Amanda Lorenz led off the first inning with a walk, scored ahead of Kendyl Lindaman’s home run, her seventh, and ace Kelly Barnhill (16-3) kept No. 20 Minnesota at bay for a 2-0 win Wednesday at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Barnhill struck out 12 to become the second Gator pitcher with 1,000 or more strikeouts all-time. Barnhill only allowed three hits and walked two.
Lorenz, Lindaman and Barnhill keyed Florida’s last win on Saturday at LSU, which then won the next two games of the series.
The Gators stay home to play Mercer on Saturday and Sunday.
Baseball: No. 14 Florida (16-7, 1-2 SEC) travels to Nashville for a three-game series at No. 8 Vanderbilt (16-5, 1-2). Game one is at 7 p.m. today on the SEC Network. Game two is Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the finale is Saturday at 2 p.m. All three games will broadcast on Gators Sports Network and SEC Network+.
Men’s tennis: At Ring Tennis Complex, Florida defeated Illinois 6-1. The Gators (13-2) jumped to a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point behind McClain Kessler-Duarte Vale and Oliver Crawford-Sam Riffice.
Then the Gators handled Illinois (7-6) in singles with wins by Andres Andrade, Kessler, Riffice, Johannes Ingildsen and Vale.
Florida will host Vanderbilt for a 5 p.m. match today.
Women’s swimming and diving: At Austin, Texas, Florida opened the NCAA Championships at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Wednesday night. The Gators 800 Free Relay team recorded the seventh-fastest time in program history.
The squad of Kelsey Dambacher, Kelly Fertel, Tori Bindi and Georgia Marris placed 17th with a combined effort of 7:00.97 in the 800 Free Relay finals.
The Gators return to action this morning at 10 a.m. ET. The prelims begin with the 200 Free Relay.