Barnhill’s no-hitter pushes Florida Gators softball past Auburn

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

AUBURN, Ala. – No. 7 Florida downed No. 19 Auburn, 7-0, behind senior right-hander Kelly Barnhill’s first no-hitter of the season at Jane B. Moore Field on a clear Friday evening.

The Gators (38-12, 10-9 SEC) threatened offensively early and often against Tigers (34-14, 9-10 SEC), but didn’t break onto the scoreboard until Amanda Lorenz (1-for-4) cranked a three-run home run in the second off of AU’s starting pitcher Ashlee Swindle (9-7).

The three runs were all that Barnhill (26-8) needed in the circle as the Tigers only managed to reach base via a trio of walks and a wild pitch after Barnhill’s fifth strikeout of the game.

Jade Caraway (2-for-3) and Sophia Reynoso(2-for-3) each recorded a pair of hits in the contest, while Lorenz, Kendyl Lindaman, Jordan Roberts, Jaimie Hoover and Cheyenne Lindsey each tallied a hit for the Gators.

How It Happened

T-2nd 3-0 Lorenz put the Gators ahead with a three-run opposite field home run that cleared the left field wall. Caraway and Cheyenne Lindsey scored on the play.
T-4th 4-0 With runners on the corners, a wild pitch send Auburn’s catcher Kendall Veach to the backstop but an errant throw back to home plate prompted Reynoso run home.
T-6th 5-0 Caraway drove home Reynoso with a two-out line-drive to left field.
T-7th 7-0 With a 1-0 count on the board, Hoover blasted a two-run home run over the right center field wall to extend the Gators lead and score Kendyl Lindaman.

Standout Statistics

  • Barnhill picked up her first no-hitter of the season, eighth complete-game for her career, in tonight’s win against the Tigers.
    • It’s the fourth no-hitter of her career against an SEC opponent and second against a top-25 team.
    • She’s the only player in program history to have thrown a no-hitter in all four years of her playing career.
  • Barnhill also set the UF all-time strikeout record which was previously held by Stacey Nelson (2006-’09).
    • The Marietta, Ga. native tallied her record-breaking 1,117th career strikeout when she retired Makenna Dowell to cap the bottom of the fourth inning of play.

Notable Notes

  • Florida extended its all-time record over Auburn to 41-21 and 24-5 when on the road.
    • The Gators improved to 14-12 against top-25 opponents this season.
  • Amanda Lorenz surpassed Aja Paculba in the career hits category and now ranks second all-time with 280 career hits.
    • The Moorpark, Calif. natives’ 11thhome run of the season was also the 40th home run of her career as a Gator.
  • Barnhill struck out 10 batters in tonight’s game against the Tigers.
    • It’s the ninth time this season that the right-hander has struck out 10 or more opposing batters and the sixth time against a top-25 opponent.
    • She struck out the side fifth inning and has now stuck out the side 24 times this season.
  • Hoover hit her sixth home run of the season and now has 13 in her career.
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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, 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.