GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Behind six hits and three runs scored by six different Gators, the No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team evened its series with No. 6 Alabama on Saturday afternoon with a 3-2 win before a season-high crowd (2,241) at KSP Stadium.
The Gators overcame a 2-1 fourth-inning deficit with one run in the bottom of the fourth and one in the fifth to capture the win. Freshman right-hander Kelly Barnhill (12-0) struck out six batters and yielded three hits, two runs and four walks in 5.1 innings pitched.
Junior Delanie Gourley relieved the rookie in the sixth and tossed the final 1.2 innings to earn her second save of the season.
UF scored the game's first run on Saturday with in the third inning on one hit. After Kirsti Merritt was hit by a pitch with one out, rookie Amanda Lorenz powered a double into right-center field to score the senior and give Florida the early lead.
Alabama wasted no time and took the lead on the top of the fourth on a Reagan Dykes two-run home run to left.
Undaunted, Florida answered in their half of the fourth.
Senior Taylor Schwarz tied the game up at 2-2 when she mashed her second home run of the season to left.
UF continued to apply the pressure, as Kelsey Stewart led off the fifth with a single to right. The senior moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a Kayli Kvistad single to left.
Alabama threatened to tie the game in the top of the seventh when they had a pair of infield singles but they were unable to score.