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No. 1 UF's Ocasio pitches no-hitter vs. Jacksonville

1752 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida pitching duo of Aleshia Ocasio and Kelly Barnhill combined for 16 strikeouts and one hit allowed, as the No. 1-ranked Florida softball team swept Jacksonville in a doubleheader Wednesday evening. The Gators beat the Dolphins by scores of 6-0 and 10-0 in UF's home-opening games.

In game one, Ocasio recorded the 16th no hitter in Florida history and the first since her teammate Delanie Gourley threw one in the 2014 NCAA Regional against Florida A&M (May, 16).

A hit batter in the first and a walk in the fourth were the only base runners allowed. In addition, Ocasio's no-no was the first in a home opener in program history.

Florida's 6-0 win in game one ended a streak of four straight run-rule victories to begin the 2016 campaign, which was the longest such streak to start a season in program history.

Although Florida's offense is averaging nine runs per game, its pitching and defense have carried the torch thus far this season. UF has allowed just one run and committed just one error through six games.

The one run allowed ties for the best mark since 2009 when the Gators allowed one tally through their first eight contests.

Game 1 Recap

After Florida was held scoreless in consecutive innings for the second time this season to open the game, UF finally got to JU in the third and tallied four runs.

In that frame, senior Taylor Schwarz, who was hit-by-a-pitch to lead off the inning, scored the first run of the game on a double steal when JU's catcher attempted to throw out Justine McLean taking second. After a Kirsti Merritt single and stolen base placed runners in scoring position, rookie Amanda Lorenz notched a two RBI single up the middle.

Senior Taylore Fuller finished the scoring with a single to left which plated Lorenz.

The Gators added a run in the fourth when Schwarz led off the inning with the fourth triple of her career. Florida eventually loaded the bases and scored its lone run of the inning on a Merritt RBI groundout to second.

UF's offense was quiet in the fifth and scored once in the sixth while Aleshia Ocasio did her thing in the circle.

Overall, the sophomore tossed seven scoreless innings without allowing a hit and striking out seven.