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 two, Barnhill became the sixth freshman in UF history to throw a one-hitter and the second Gator this season. For the game, the Marietta, Ga. native totaled nine strikeouts in five shut-out innings.
Ocasio and Barnhill became the first set of Florida teammates to throw a no hitter and one hitter back to back since Stacey Nelson and Stephanie Brombacher accomplished the feat on Feb. 13, 2009 against Texas Tech and Coastal Carolina.
Offensively, senior Taylor Schwarz paced the Gators with two hits (one triple), four runs scored and recorded one base on balls between the two contests. Frosh Amanda Lorenz posted some solid numbers too, as she had three hits (one double), four RBI and three runs scored.
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 2 Recap
Florida tallied three runs in the first, four in the second and three in the third to run-rule the Dolphins, 10-0, for the fourth time in the last seven meetings between the two schools.
Meanwhile, rookie Kelly Barnhill had the best outing of her season, allowing just one hit while striking out seven in a five inning shut-out win. The right-hander did not allow a runner to get into scoring position.
Offensively, sophomore Kayli Kvistad was 2 for 3 with a career-high two doubles and four RBI. In addition, Amanda Lorenz tallied two runs scored, two RBI and had one double.
Kvistad recorded a two-run double in the first, then both underclassmen hit two-run doubles in the second. In the third, seniors Kirsti Merritt and Taylore Fuller hit a two-RBI and RBI single, respectively.
The win marked Florida's fifth run-rule win in its six games.