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No. 1 Florida holds off No. 16 Volunteers 4-2

1721 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Sophomores Nicole DeWitt and Kayli Kvistad drove in all four Florida runs, while freshman Kelly Barnhill earned her 10th win in the circle during Saturday's rain-delayed series-clinching win, as No. 1 Florida downed No. 16 Tennessee, 4-2.

With the win, UF continued its streak of not dropping a series against Tennessee in Gainesville since 2007. In addition, Florida has now opened Southeastern Conference play with back-to-back series victories for the first time since 2014.

Barnhill (10-0) allowed two runs on four hits and recorded nine strikeouts to go along with just one walk. She was relieved by sophomore Aleshia Ocasio who threw two perfect innings and earned the third save of her season.

Florida got on the board early with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first on three hits. This was the third straight game that UF's offense plated at least two runs in the first inning.

The Gators scored those runs on a pair of RBI singles by Kvistad and DeWitt. Senior Kelsey Stewart set the inning up for success when she led off with a single up the middle.

After the Volunteers failed to score with the bases loaded in the fourth, they didn't miss their chance in the fifth.

UT's Megan Geer capitalized on a bases-loaded RBI opportunity, as she recorded a two-run single up the middle to even the score at 2-2.

Undaunted, Florida had an answer.

In the bottom half of the inning, Florida retook the lead on a hit by pitch and three walks. DeWitt was the one who notched the RBI base on balls for the Gators.

UF added an insurance run in the seventh on a Kvistad single to center. Tennessee opened the door for that run on an error by its second baseman.