TEMPE, Ariz. - The fourth-ranked Florida softball team picked up a pair of wins on the first day of the Littlewood Classic with decisions over Illinois State, 2-1, and host No. 16 Arizona State, 7-2.
In the nightcap against the Sun Devils (5-2), seniors Kelly Barnhill (5-0) and Amanda Lorenz help lead the Gators (8-0) to the road victory. Lorenz notched a pair of solo home runs in key moments, while Barnhill tallied a season-high 14 strikeouts in the complete-game effort.
It was a tight game through the first four innings, but UF broke the game open against ASU in the fifth with a four-run frame that included a solo home run from Hannah Adams, a bases loaded walk and a pair of RBI hit-by-pitches.
In the first game of the Littlewood Classic against the Redbirds (0-8), sophomore Natalie Lugo (3-0) worked a perfect 5.0 innings from the circle, but eventually relinquished a leadoff walk and a double in the sixth that led to Illinois State's only run of the game. Lugo tied her season-high with six strikeouts in the outing.
Barnhill entered in the seventh to secure her third save of the year and seventh of her career.
- Lorenz's two home runs against Arizona State is the first time a Gator has hit a pair in a game since Nicole DeWitt did it against No. 7 Tennessee (May 11, 2018).
- Senior pitcher Kelly Barnhill surpassed Stacey Stevens (74-42) and is now fourth all-time in career victories at UF after she picked up the decision against No. 16 Arizona State.
- Barnhill also picked up her third save of the season in the game against Illinois State and sits tied fifth all-time at UF with seven career saves alongside Amanda Knowles (2002-'05) and Aleshia Ocasio (2015-'18)
- Lorenz also drew three walks through the pair of games today and now sits with 183 in her career at UF and is just three walks shy of tying Kayli Kvistad's UF career record of 186.
- Tonight's win over No. 16 Arizona State is the Gators third win over a Top 25 this season.