GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The No. 1-ranked University of Florida softball team (52-4/20-4 SEC) swept its series against Arkansas (17-39/1-23 SEC) with a five-inning, 8-0, victory on Sunday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators exploded for four runs in the top of the first inning and freshman Kelly Barnhill (15-0) recorded Florida's fourth no hitter of the season and the first of her career on Sunday as she struck out 10 batters and walked just one Razorback.
The Marietta, Ga. native walked the first hitter of the game before she retired the next 15 Razorback hitters to record
Florida's fourth this season and the first of her career.
Four no hitter's is the most UF has thrown in a single season in program history. In addition, Barnhill joins Lindsay Littlejohn (Feb. 19, 2006, Longwood) and Delanie Gourley (May 16, 2014, Florida A&M) as the only freshmen in program history to throw a no hitter.
UF's rookie right-hander and Gator Great Stacey Nelson are the only two Gators to throw no hitters against the Razorbacks. Nelson no hit UA on April 26, 2009.
UF scored its four runs in the first on two hits and one Arkansas error.
Senior Kelsey Stewart and rookie Amanda Lorenz ignited the Florida offense during the stanza with a leadoff walk and single. After Stewart came around to score on an Arkansas miscue, Kirsti Merritt recorded an RBI single up the middle to score Lorenz.
The Gators tallied their other two runs on a wild pitch and a Taylore Fuller sacrifice fly.
After Florida extended its lead to 5-0 on an RBI single in the second, the Gators completed their run-rule victory with three tallies in the bottom of the fifth inning.
During the fifth frame, Lorenz notched a two-run single before sophomore Aleshia Ocasio hit a walk-off RBI single up the middle.
With the Gators three-game sweep of Arkansas this weekend, Florida extended its win streak over Arkansas to 23 games. In addition, UF shutout UA in all three games running its total to 27 shutouts this season. In addition, Sunday's win marked the seventh time Florida has recorded 20 wins in SEC play. Meanwhile, UF's four losses in league play is tied with the Gators 2010 squad for the third fewest losses in conference play in school history.