TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It took all of 10.1 innings to decide the final contest of the Fresh from Florida Sunshine Showdown between No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Florida State. In the second longest game ever between the two programs, the Gators fell 3-1 to the Seminoles on a walk-off home run by Alex Powers.
Sophomore Kelly Barnhill (21-1) set a pair of Florida records in her heroic effort from the circle. The Marietta, Ga. native hurled a single-game record 21 strikeouts and notched the most innings in a single game with 10.1 pitched.
The last time these two teams squared off it took nearly a complete game for a run to score. Junior Kayli Kvistad drove in Justine McLean on a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to lift Florida to the 1-0 victory April 12, in front a record crowd at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Tonight it only took one inning for each team to jump on the scoreboard. Florida took an early 1-0 lead and scored first for the 42nd time this season on an RBI single from Janell Wheaton that plated Kvistad from second base.
DeWitt moved Kvistad into scoring position after being hit by the pitch from Burroughs for the fourth-straight time this season.
The Seminoles evened the score 1-1 in the bottom of the frame thanks to a Jessica Warren home run with two outs. The home run extinguished a 51.0 scoreless inning streak by built up by Barnhill.
Both Barnhill and Burroughs quickly settled down in the circle after the first. Barnhill retired the next 10 batters before giving up the next hit, while Burroughs surrendered a pair, one in the third to Amanda Lorenz and another to Aleshia Ocasio in the fourth.
Megan King relieved Burroughs in the circle after Burroughs forced a fly out from Sophia Reynoso in the fifth. King then finished the frame after she induced a pair of groundouts.
Each team posted a hit in the sixth with the Gators having the better of the scoring opportunities. DeWitt roped a double over the head of Florida State center fielder Korina Rosario and in the bottom of the frame Ellie Cooper put down a bunt single on the right side of the Gators defense.
Reminiscent of the 12-inning game last year between the two schools, it took extra frames to decide tonight's contest.
Barnhill and King continued to duel in the circle with neither relinquishing a run for the next three innings.
However, the Gators produced a scoring opportunity ninth inning after Ocasio doubled down the left field line with one out. Freshman Jordan Roberts moved Ocasio to third on a grounder to Cooper at second. King escaped the inning after she forced pinch hitter Jaimie Hoover into a ground out back to the circle.
Barnhill ended the night to throw 138 pitches, 109 for strikes, and threw a first-pitch strike to all 38 batters she faced.
Coaches Corner On Kelly Barnhill's performance tonight... "Kelly pitched a great game. I thought she did her job and really put us in position to have an opportunity to compete for a long time tonight." - Tim Walton
- Barnhill's scoreless inning streak ended at 51.0 innings in the bottom of the first with two outs on a Jessica Warren home run.
- It was Barnhill's second scoreless inning streak over 40 innings as she notched a 45.1 scoreless inning streak earlier in the season.
- Also, it's only the first earned run given up since March 31 at Arkansas.
- The Gators produced their 25th game of the year of dealing 10 or more strikeouts to an opponent.
- The 21 strikeouts are the most strikeouts by Florida State this season and it's only fourth time this season to have struck out 10 or more times.
- Barnhill recorded her 13th game of the season with 10 or more strikeouts.
- Barnhill set a new Florida single-game record for strikeouts (21) & innings pitched (10.1).
- She held the previous record for strikeouts with 18 against Winthrop last season.
- The previous record for innings pitched in a game was 10.0, which was held by four different Gators. Chelsey Sakizzie established the record against Tennessee (3/27/98) and Stacey Nelson most recently tied it against Tennessee (3/20/07).
- Junior catcher Janell Wheaton set a new Florida single-game record with 21 putouts in tonight's game.
- The previous record was set by Ashley Boone against FAU (3/25/2001)