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