Florida Gators softball no hits Bethune-Cookman

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The second-seeded Florida softball team defeated Bethune-Cookman, 8-0, in six innings to open the NCAA Gainesville Regional Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio combined for UF’s eighth no-hitter of the season en route to the victory.

Sophomore Jaimie Hoover spearheaded the offensive effort for the Gators (51-8) in the opening game of the Gainesville Regional. The Suwannee, Ga. native tied her career-high with five RBI after she produced a three-run home run in the second and a single in the third that plated two more runs.

Barnhill (27-1) picked up the victory in the circle over after striking out 10 Wildcats (31-25) through four innings of work. Ocasio entered in the fifth to close out the final two innings of the game. Ocasio tallied four strikeouts in relief for the combined no-hit shutout.

How It Happened
Inning
Score
Play
Bottom 2nd
3-0
Jaimie Hoover tallied her fourth home run of the season with a line drive over the wall in center field. Aleshia Ocasio and Sophia Reynoso scored on the play.
Bottom 3rd
5-0
Hoover came through again for the Gators and produced a two RBI single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs. Ocasio and Janell Wheaton scored on the play.
Bottom 3rd
6-0
Sophia Reynoso scored on a failed pickoff attempt by the Wildcats on a throw down the line to the bag at third.
Bottom 6th
8-0
Nicole DeWitt hit her 14th home run of the season to end the contest. DeWitt belted a two-run home run over the right field wall that scored Amanda Lorenz.

Standout Statistic
After tonight’s no-hit shutout against Bethune-Cookman, the Gators have only allowed one earned run over the last 107 innings of NCAA Regional play.

Notable Notes
· Florida improved to 39-19 in NCAA Regional play and have now won the opening game for the six consecutive year.
· Kelly Barnhill picked up 10 strikeouts in tonight’s game against the Wildcats and struck out the side two times.
o She now has 16 games with 10 or more strikeouts and has struck out the side 32 times this season.
· The Gators have now produced 22 games with 10 or more strikeouts and hold a 22-0 record when doing so.
· Jaimie Hoover tied her career-high with five RBI in tonight’s game. The last time she produced five RBI was against South Carolina March 19, 2017.
· The last time that the Gators threw a no-hitter in the opening round of regional play was when Delanie Gourley no-hit Florida A&M to open the 2017 Gainesville Regional.
· Tonight was Florida’s 29th shutout of the season. The program currently leads the nation in the category.

Next Up
The Gators return to action Saturday, May 19 at 2:30 p.m. against Ohio State. The Buckeyes defeated USF, 3-1, in their opening round game earlier in the day.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.