Florida grabs SEC softball series from Auburn

Florida catcher Jordan Roberts. [Cyndi Chambers/Gainesville Sun Correspondent/File]

Special to Gatorsports.com

AUBURN, Ala. – No. 7 Florida bounced back to take game three, 6-1, of the SEC softball series over No. 19 Auburn on Sunday.

The Gators (39-13, 11-10 SEC) capitalized early in the game off the struggles from the Tigers (35-15, 10-11) starter Lexie Handley (6-3). Amanda Lorenz and Kendyl Lindaman drew back-to-back walks to start the game and Hannah Adams loaded the bases with a one-out walk which prompted the removal of Handley from the circle.

Auburn elected to bring in Friday starter Ashlee Swindle to face Jordan Roberts with the bases loaded and one out. After a 1-1 count, Roberts roped the ball well over the wall in right-center field to give the Gators and starter Kelly Barnhill (27-9) a 4-0 lead.

Barnhill, who struck out 10, only gave up a pair of hits in her complete-game outing, with one being a solo home run in the first. However, UF responded with two more runs in the third to put the game well out of reach. Hannah Sipos and Cheyenne Lindsey stepped up to drive in the final two runs of the game.

UF returns home to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium to close out the regular season against Mississippi State this Friday through Sunday.