Florida Gators softball knocks off UNF in home opener

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 4 Florida defeated the North Florida Ospreys, 3-1, on Wednesday night. This was the first home game of the regular season at the newly-renovated Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

The Gators (6-0) were led by a strong performance in the circle from sophomore right-handed pitcher Natalie Lugo (2-0) who threw a season-high six innings with five strikeouts. Lugo only allowed one earned run and two hits the while in the circle.

At the plate, Hannah Sipos and Kendyl Lindaman led the Gators with two hits each, while Jaimie Hoover, Jordan Matthews, Alex Voss and Jordan Roberts all contributed with a hit apiece.

Lindaman got things started in the first inning for the Gators with a double to left field that scored Amanda Lorenz, and thanks to a strong performance from pitching and the defense, the Gators never looked back.

Kelly Barnhill came into the game in the seventh inning to earn her second save of the season. Lugo and Barnhill combined to give up only one walk and two hits across seven innings.

How It Happened

Inning Score Play
Bottom 1st 1-0 After a one-out walk by Lorenz, Lindaman drove a ball to left field for a double which scored Lorenz from first base.
Bottom  2nd 2-0 A sac-fly to left field from Hannah Adams scored Matthews to extend the Gators lead.
Bottom  5th 3-0 With two outs, Alex Voss worked a nine-pitch at-bat and eventually doubled to right field scoring Hoover.
Top 6th 3-1 UNF answered back with a run of itsown as a Katelin Davis single scored Tiffany Lower.

Standout Statistic

Barnhill’s sixth save of her career, second this season, puts her at seventh in the all-time saves category for the Gators.

Notable Notes

  • The Gators improved to 9-0 over North Florida.
  • Lindaman (2-for-3) is on a five-game hitting streak.
  • Sipos (2-for-2) had the first multi-hit game of her career tonight.
  • With the win, Lugo matches her win total from her freshman season.

Next Up

The Gators travel to Tempe, Ariz. for five games in the Littlewood Classic Friday through Sunday beginning with two games on Friday against Illinois State at 4 p.m. and Arizona State at 9 p.m. EST.

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.