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Trio of Gators lead power surge to top Auburn

1343 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Rookie Amanda Lorenz, sophomore Nicole DeWitt and senior Taylore Fuller all hit home runs and recorded a combined eight RBI in Sunday's series-clinching win, as No. 1 Florida downed No. 3 Auburn, 8-5.

UF has continued its streak of not dropping a series in Auburn, Ala. since 2005 and opens Southeastern Conference play with a series win for the first time since 2014.

Kelly Barnhill started in the circle for the Gators, but it was sophomore Aleshia Ocasio (9-0) who relieved the freshman and stole the show. After Auburn scored three runs in the third on a pair of homers off the freshman, Ocasio took over and tossed the final four innings and allowed just one run, while striking out four.

Auburn gained its first lead of the series in the first inning when AU's Emily Carosone took Barnhill deep to right. The bomb was the first Barnhill had allowed in her short career.

Florida got that run back in the second when Fuller recorded an RBI single to left, which scored Janell Wheaton who walked earlier in the inning.

In the third, Kirsti Merritt continued her hot streak with a two-out double off the right field wall, and Lorenz followed her by hitting the second home run of her career.

The blast gave Florida a 3-1 lead, but Auburn had an answer.

The Tigers recorded a pair of home runs in the bottom of the third when Kasey Cooper hit a two-run blast to right and Carlee Wallace notched a solo shot to left.

Undaunted, Florida responded in the fourth.

After sophomore Kayli Kvistad and Fuller led off the inning with a pair of walks. Auburn changed pitchers to Rachel Walters, who surrendered Kvistad's game-winning home run last night, and it was déjà vu all over again.

On the second pitch she threw, DeWitt launched a three-run homer to give Florida a 6-4 lead.

The Gators never looked back.

UF and AU traded runs in the fifth and Fuller scored the final run of the day when she hit a solo homer off the scoreboard in left.