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No. 1 seed UF rolls past UT to advance to championship

1512 days ago
SEC Staff

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 1 seed Florida cruised to a 10-2 win in five innings against No. 4 seed Tennessee to advance to the SEC championship game for the seventh time in school history.

Florida senior Nicole DeWitt hit her 12th home run of the season to give the Gators a 2-0 advantage in the first. On her next trip to the plate in the second, DeWitt blasted another home run to extend UF's lead to 6-0. This was her first multi-HR game, with her career-high five RBIs tying an SEC Tournament record.

UF senior Janell Wheaton had a three-RBI day, while freshman Hannah Adams brought Florida's ninth run home. Freshman Jordan Matthews singled in the fifth to secure the run-rule victory.

Senior Kayli Kvistad walked three times in the game to become Florida's career walks leader with 176.

Facing two outs with the bases loaded in the top of the third, UT's Ashley Morgan hit a double to push two runners across for the Lady Vols' only runs of the contest.

SEC Pitcher of the Year Kelly Barnhill tossed a complete game for the Gators, throwing nine strikeouts. Her 26-1 record is the best in Division I softball.

UP NEXT: Florida looks to add the 2018 SEC Tournament title to its regular-season championship. The Gators face No. 3 seed South Carolina in the championship game Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Florida and South Carolina are the only two schools in the league that have gone undefeated this season in neutral games.