Roundup: UF softball team whips Bethune-Cookman

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[Cyndi Chambers/Correspondent]

No. 6 Florida defeated Bethune-Cookman 15-0 in five innings at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Nine different Gators (28-6) recorded a hit vs. the Wildcats (12-23), including Jade Caraway (2-for-3, RBI) and Hannah Adams (2-for-2, RBI) who had two hits apiece. Both Caraway and Adams also scored two runs each. Jordan Roberts (1-for-1) led the team in RBIs with three, while Lily Mann and Amanda Lorenz recorded two apiece.

In the circle, Florida was able to give four different pitchers innings tonight. Kelly Barnhill (18-3) got the start and the win, throwing 3.0 innings and striking out four, with no runs allowed and one walk. Natalie Lugo, Elizabeth Hightower and Katie Chronister relieved the final two innings for the Gators, combining for four strikeouts, allowing one hit and no walks.

Florida travels to Oxford, Miss., for a three-game series with No. 22 Ole Miss that begins Friday at 7 p.m.

Men’s swimming and diving: At Austin, Texas, Florida opened the NCAA Championships with a historic swim in the 800 Free Relay, as the Gators sit in fifth place with 28 points. Texas leads with 40 points.

The team of Khader Baqlah, Kieran Smith, Trey Freeman and Maxime Rooney clocked the fastest time in Florida history. Their combined swim of 6:09.14 earned the squad a fifth-place finish. The team earned First-Team All-American honors. This is Rooney’s sixth All-American accolade and Baqlah’s fifth All-American honor. Freeman and Smith earned their first All-American nods.

The championships continue with the 200 Free Relay prelims today at 11 a.m. ET.

Lacrosse: In addition to being named the AAC Defensive Player of the Week, senior Haley Hicklen was named to the same award by IWLCA.

Hicklen put up two strong performances in the cage against two Top-20 opponents this past week in then-No. 9 Princeton and then-No. 17 Stony Brook. Against the Seawolves, she posted a .583 save percentage, coming up 15 saves. That was just one off both her career-best and the program-best and was her fifth performance in double-digit saves this season. Hicklen also recorded seven saves against Princeton, as well as registering three groundballs. The senior sits first in the conference in save percentage (.455) and saves per game (10.20). She also is second in goals against average (12.36) and total saves (102), as well as fourth in groundballs per game (2.70).

The senior holds Florida’s all-time records in both saves and groundballs, sitting at 488 saves and 164 groundballs.

The Gators are back in action Saturday for their first conference bout in the American Athletic — taking on Temple in Philadelphia at 12 p.m.