Gators take softball series at Arkansas

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Sunday, April 02, 2017 8:18 PM

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Florida softball team capped off the series sweep of Arkansas with a 6-1 win Sunday. The team recorded the third 10-plus hit game in its last four.

The Gators (33-2, 10-1 SEC) fell behind 1-0 in the fourth inning when the Razorbacks (22-12, 2-10 SEC) took advantage of a rare Florida miscue. Florida did not stay behind long, plating five runs in the fifth inning thanks to four straight extra base hits, a pair of walks and a timely two-RBI single from Brooke Clemens.

Amanda Lorenz roped a two-out double to right center field and was brought home by Nicole DeWitt's double down the left field line. Immediately following DeWitt's at-bat Kayli Kvistad crushed a 2-2 pitch from Razorback hurler Autumn Storms for her fourth home run of the season to extend the lead out t 3-1.

Caroline Hedgcock, called in to relieve Storms after the Kvistad home run, issued back-to-back walks to Jordan Roberts and Janell Wheaton to load the bases. Sophomore Brooke Clemens had her number called with the bases loaded to pinch hit for senior Chelsea Herndon and delivered a two-RBI single to shallow right field for the 5-1 lead.

"We've got a lot of hitters that are putting a lot time into their swing and understanding what they do," UF coach Tim Walton said. "The big key for them is just finding good pitches that they can hit. It doesn't matter if it's with two outs, two strikes or even the first pitch – I think we are just doing a good job of being patiently aggressive but still understanding our strengths and weaknesses."

Pitcher Kelly Barnhill (13-0) wrapped up her day in the circle to issue just one hit and struck out seven Razorbacks while issuing no walks on just 72 pitches. Senior Delanie Gourley relieved Barnhill in the sixth inning.

The Gators return to home action Wednesday against North Florida at 6 p.m.

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