FULLERTON, Calif. - After senior counterpart Delanie Gourley threw the program's sixth perfect game, sophomore Kelly Barnhill followed up with her third individual one-hitter of the season in a one-sided 17-0 rout against Long Beach State at the Anderson Family Field.
Barnhill (7-0) led the Gators (17-1) in the circle as she faced one batter over the minimum with nine strikeouts compared to one hit and no walks allowed.
It wasn't just another outstanding pitching performance that propelled the Gators to victory in the nightcap of the opening day of the Judi Garman Classic. Florida powered its way with a season-high tying 15 hits and a season-high 17 runs en route to the victory.
Sophomore Amanda Lorenz jumped started the contest with a beaming solo home run in the top of the first inning from her leadoff position in the lineup.
From there the Gators scored in every inning except the top of the fifth inning and batted around the lineup in the second, third and fourth innings of play.
Freshmen Sophia Reynoso and Jaimie Hoover accounted for six of the 16 RBIs, three a piece, the team produced in the contest. Lorenz, Kayli Kvistad and Ocasio each recorded a pair of RBIs as well.
On Barnhill's one-hitter after Gourley threw a perfect game earlier in the day... "I was rooting so hard for Delanie in game one. You know, you've got to obviously control your words, your tempo and your temperament. And I was rooting so hard for her to get that no hitter/perfect game in the first game and then after you've got it the first time - I was like 'All right, sweet, here we go, Kelly's perfect through the first three.' I was really thinking that she was going to be able to throw a perfect game too as good as she looked along with how many swings misses she was getting. I thought man this has got a chance to be a pretty special day. "