In this file photo, UF starter Kelly Barnhill works against FSU on April 12. Barnhill tossed her second career no-hitter Sunday at Kentucky to lead the Gators to a series win.
Barnhill's no-hitter guides Gators to series win over Wildcats
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Sunday, April 16, 2017 5:29 PM
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Sophomore pitcher Kelly Barnhill fueled the No. 3 Florida softball team to its sixth straight SEC series win Sunday with her second career no-hitter in a 2-0 win over No. 21 Kentucky.
Barnhill (18-0) struck out 15 Wildcats (26-13, 6-9 SEC) for the second time this series, and was in line for a perfect game if not for issuing a walk to Sarah Rainwater in the sixth. Barnhill retired 21 of the 22 batters she faced in the complete game, her 10th of the season.
“Kelly was 'WOW' this week and Janell had a great week for us on offense and defense,” UF coach Tim Walton said. "Today was a great road series win against a good Kentucky team."
This is the first Florida no-hitter since Delanie Gourley and Aleshia Ocasio combined for one against South Carolina on March 19. Gourley also threw a perfect game against Iowa on March 2 at the Judi Garman Classic.
The Gators (40-3, 15-2) scored in the first inning thanks to two-out hits from Kayli Kvistad and Janell Wheaton. Kvistad stroked a double to the open gap in left-center field. Wheaton then came through with an RBI single down the left-field line.
Florida used another two-out rally in the fifth to plate its final run. Nicole DeWitt was hit by starter Erin Rethlake. Kvistad drew her 49th walk of the season to move DeWitt into scoring position and provide the RBI opportunity for Wheaton. After Kentucky made a pitching change to bring in Megan Prince, Wheaton drove in her second run of the game and extended the Gators' lead to 2-0 on a single up the middle that scored DeWitt.
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