FULLERTON, Calif. - The Florida softball team closed out the Judi Garman Classic in resounding fashion as the combination of Kelly Barnhill and Aleshia Ocasio in the circle no-hit No. 9 Baylor, 4-0, Saturday.
Barnhill (9-0) pitched 6.0 innings with 13 strikeouts for the Gators (19-1) before she was relieved by Aleshia Ocasio. Ocasio entered the circle with a 2-0 count on batter Maddison Kettler. Kettler then drew a walk to move a runner into scoring position for Baylor for only the second time in the game.
From there Ocasio struck out the next three Baylor (9-2) batters to complete the no-hitter.
To start the game, freshman Hannah Adams reached base via an error as Shelby Friudenberg wasn't able to secure the throw at first.
The Hoschton, Ga. native moved into scoring position after stealing her fourth base of the season. Amanda Lorenz, set the table for Kayli Kvistad as she sent a 2-1 pitch to right field to put runners on the corners for the Gators.
Kvistad drove in Adams for the first run of the game on a SAC fly deep to left field.
The Bears threatened in the top of the fourth inning and advanced a runner into scoring position for the first time of the game. Barnhill put an end to Baylor's scoring hopes as she struck out Taylor Ellis looking.
Kvistad extended the Gators lead out to 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth after she sent a 3-2 pitch well over the wall in left field.
Florida extended its lead to 4-0 in the fifth - Adams picked up her first hit of the game with a single down the left line, then was immediately driven in by Nicole DeWitt's two-run home run to center field.
Next up for the Gators is a Southeastern Conference series against Kentucky (Mar. 9-11) at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
On being able to slow down a potent offense like Baylor...
"I definitely felt like Kelly (Barnhill) had really good stuff today and give credit to Baylor, they are a really good hitting team and took their walks when they needed to. Her rise ball was really moving today, and then Aleshia (Ocasio) came in and really complimented her. That's the first time we really done it like that and wow, I really liked it. She throws just as hard as Kelly and yet the ball moves in different directions at times."
On the offense clicking right before Southeastern conference play...
"This offense is getting better, they're hitting the ball to all areas of the field. We struck out nine times today, but I thought the swings were of authority and the middle of our lineup really came to play."