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Florida Athletics | April 18, 2019

No. 6 Florida shuts out No. 4 Florida State in Sunshine Showdown

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — No. 6 Florida shut out No. 4 Florida State, 4-0, in the second installment of Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown at JoAnne Graf Field Wednesday night.
 
The Gators (37-9) picked up a complete-game performance in the circle from senior right-hander Kelly Barnhill (25-6). The Marietta, Ga. native only gave up a pair of hits to the Seminoles (38-8) in the effort.

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The scoring began in the fourth. UF struck for three runs thanks to Jordan Matthews (1-for-3) and Hannah Adams (3-for-3), who produced RBI base hits that were initially set up by a Kendyl Lindaman walk and Jordan Roberts (2-for-4) single.
 
After the bases were loaded once more in the inning, FSU's Makinzy Herzog (6-2) was relieved by Kathryn Sandercock. Sandercock managed to get the Seminoles out of the jam and stop the Gators rally after she forced an unconventional 6-2-5 double play, but the damage was already done.

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Florida went on to tack on one more run in the seventh to extend the lead out to 4-0 and secure the game.

How It Happened – No. 4 Florida State – W, 4-0

Inning Score Play
T–4th 1-0 Matthews broke open the scoring with a double off the center field wall. Pinch-runner Amanda Beane scored on the play.
T–4th 3-0 Adams extended the Gators lead with a two-run double driven to the left center field gap. Pinch-runner Haven Sampson and Matthews scored on the play.
T–7th 4-0 Roberts pushed the lead out with an RBI single off the ankle of Sandercock, which allowed Lorenz to score from third. Lorenz led off the inning with a triple to left field.

Notable Notes

  • Florida improved to 26-17 all-time against Florida State and 15-9 when on the road.
  • UF picked up it's 13th win and seventh shutout against a ranked opponent this season.
    • Tonight was only the third time this season that Florida State has been shutout and it's the second lowest hit total the Seminoles have recorded in a game.
    • The program is now 6-3 on the season when on network television.
  • Barnhill picked up nine strikeouts in the game against the Seminoles.
    • The Marietta, Ga. native now has 1,101 for her career and is just 15 from the all-time record of 1,116 held by Stacey Nelson.
  • Barnhill struck out the Seminole side in the third inning of play and now has struck out the opposing side 23 times this season.
  • With multi-hit performances from Adams, Reynoso and Roberts tonight, the Gators have produced 75 multi-hit performances on the year.
    • Adams picked up her eighth multi-hit game of the season, while Reynoso and Roberts tallied their sixth.
    • It's the fourth consecutive game that multiple Gators have recorded multi-hit performances.
  • With her leadoff triple in the seventh inning, Lorenz moved into a tie with Aja Paculba for fourth all-time in UF history with 10 for her career.

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