GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 1-ranked Florida softball team (42-3) defeated No. 20 USF (39-11), 3-0, on Wednesday night at KSP Stadium. The Gators recorded their second win this season over South Florida and UF is now unbeaten in 30 non-conference contests in 2016.
After each team loaded the bases in the first inning and failed to push a run across home plate, the game remained scoreless until the fifth when Florida scored the game's only three runs on four hits.
Amanda Lorenz got things going in the fifth with a solo home run of the scoreboard in left-center field. After Kayli Kvistad and Kirsti Merritt followed the solo bomb with a pair of singles, Nicole DeWitt mashed her fourth double of the season to score both runners and give Florida its 3-0 lead.
Florida did all its damage during that inning with two outs.
Kelly Barnhill started and threw the first three innings while recording four strikeouts and allowing just one hit. Sophomore Aleshia Ocasio (15-1) followed the rookie and notched three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and three hits allowed.
USF was shutout for the first time since Feb. 19.
UF finishes its eight-game homestand against Mississippi State this weekend. Friday and Saturday's game can be seen on SEC Network+