Florida Gators softball shuts out Arkansas

Special report on the Florida Gators softball team:

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 8 Florida defeated No. 14 Arkansas, 3-0, on Friday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

Behind a few timely hits and a dominant performance in the circle from Kelly Barnhill (20-5), the Gators (30-9, 4-6 SEC) earned their 10th win against a top-25 opponent in the first game of a three-game series with the Razorbacks (26-12, 6-7 SEC).

Offensively, the Gators were mostly stifled by a strong performance from Razorbacks’ starter Autumn Storms (14-4). However, Florida took advantage of two errors in the second and fourth innings to get three runs across the plate.

Kendyl Lindaman (1-for-3), Lily Mann (1-for-1) and Jaimie Hoover (1-for-2) recorded hits for the Gators, while Sophia Reynoso, Lindaman and Mann scored a run apiece.

Barnhill went the distance for her 14th complete-game and her sixth shutout this season. She was untouchable for the majority of the evening, striking out seven while allowing no walks and only three hits.

How It Happened – No. 14 Arkansas – W, 3-0

Inning Score Play
B-2nd 1-0 The Gators struck first in the second inning with two outs when a Jaimie Hoover single was misplayed by the Razorbacks, allowing Lily Mann to score from second base.
B-4th 3-0 With the bases loaded and no outs, the Gators extended their lead to three runs when Hannah Adams hit a ball back to the pitcher, who sailed it over the catcher’s head to allow two Gators to score.

Standout Statistic

  • Kelly Barnhill struck out seven batters tonight, giving her 210 strikeouts on the year, an NCAA best.
    • This is Barnhill’s 17th appearance this season with at least seven strikeouts.

Notable Notes

  • Florida improved to 48-11 historically over Arkansas with a 25-5 record at home.
    • The Gators are on a 28-game win streak over the Razorbacks, outscoring the opposition 183-23 in that time.
  • UF improved its record against the top-25 to 10-9.
  • Kendyl Lindaman has reached base safely in 38-straight games.
    • The only game she did not reach base safely was the season opener against Illinois State on Feb. 8, 2019.

Next Up
The No. 8 Gators are back in action with their second game against the No. 14 Razorbacks tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

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.