In this file photo, Florida's Kelly Barnhill reacts after a strikeout last season. Barnhill struck out 11 Mountain Hawks Sunday, as Florida cruised to a 5-0 win at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Roundup: UF completes 5-game softball tourney sweep

Special to GatorSports.com
Sunday, February 26, 2017 8:12 PM

KISSIMMEE – The Florida softball team recorded its sixth shutout in seven contests with yet another dominant pitching performance Sunday, when the Gators downed Lehigh 5-0 on the final day of the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Gators (15-1) jumped out in front early over the Mountain Hawks (3-2), who allowed sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill to settle into a groove. Barnhill faced a total of 13 batters through four innings and recorded 11 strikeouts with one walk and no hits.

“I thought they both did a good job of getting ahead in the count and throwing quality pitches while being ahead in the count," UF coach Tim Walton said. "That was the key for not only being successful today but successful all weekend.”

Only one Mountain Hawk was able to put a bat on the ball against Barnhill and that was a bunt popped up to first baseman Kayli Kvistad.

Florida took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from freshman Jordan Roberts that fell into shallow right center field. Redshirt freshman Sophia Reynoso scored on the play after she smacked a one-out double to left field earlier in the inning.

In the fourth inning, freshman Jaimie Hoover tallied her third home run of the season with a leadoff shot.

Senior Justine McLean scored for the Gators in the fifth via an RBI single through the right side of the Lehigh infield by sophomore Amanda Lorenz.

During the Gators' final at-bat, Reynoso and McLean executed a suicide squeeze with one out. Reynoso placed a perfect bunt between the Mountain Hawks third baseman, catcher and pitcher, while McLean streaked for home plate.

While no one reached for the ball to make a throw at first, Reynoso rounded the bag for second. After a hesitation, Reynoso forced a wild throw from Brianna Gerhardt over second base, which allowed Reynoso to score.

The Gators head to Fullerton, California on Tuesday for the Judi Garman Classic. There the team will face Iowa, Long Beach State, Cal, UCLA and Northwestern to cap off the tournament season prior to SEC opening weekend.

Women's basketball: Florida's unquestioned leader this season has been Ronni Williams, who scored 31 points and led the Gators to a 65-58 win against Georgia on Sunday in the final home game of the season and of her career. The Gators (14-15, 5-11 SEC) used a 15-6 run to close the game and secure their first win at home against Georgia (15-14, 7-9) since Feb. 19, 2012.

The win also marked just the fourth time in the 70-game series between the two teams that Florida has won consecutive games. The last time the Gators earned back-to-back wins against their SEC rivals was during the 2003-04 season. Florida took the 76-68 decision in Athens on January 22.

"This was an amazing win," UF coach Amanda Butler said. "You have to give Georgia a lot of credit for the way that they made the game look, but I could not be more proud of our upperclassmen and the way that they weathered the storms. They stayed together. They absolutely embodied the belief that Ronni (Williams) leads us with every day.'

Florida will travel to Greenville, South Carolina to compete in the SEC Tournament, which starts Wednesday morning.

Men's tennis: No. 10 Florida fell to No. 2 Ohio State 4-1 at the Alfred A. Ring Tennis Complex. After winning the doubles point, the Gators (7-4) were unable to pull out the win as Ohio State (14-1) earned four singles wins in a row to clinch the match.

In doubles play, the duo of Joshua Wardell and Chase Perez-Blanco defeated Ohio State's Matt Mendez and Hunter Tubert in a quick 6-2 match. The No. 9 team of Johannes Ingildsen and Alfredo Perez pulled out a huge 7-5 win over No. 20 Torpegaard/Pollanen to clinch the doubles point for Florida.




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