GAINESVILLE, Fla. - No. 9 Florida opened the series against Texas A&M with an 8-6 win at Davis Diamond Friday night.
The Gators (34-9, 7-6 SEC) scored seven runs in the top of the first and withstood a five run fourth inning rally by the Aggies (23-8, 3-10 SEC) to take the first game of the series.
Freshman Hannah Sipos stepped up and went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI, a run and hit her first collegiate home run. Jade Caraway and Jordan Roberts each chipped in 2-for-4 performances, while eight different Gators scored a run in the effort.
Kelly Barnhill (23-5) picked up the complete game victory in the circle for the Gators as she struck out six in the effort. Kayla Poynter (4-6) received the loss and lasted only a third of an inning.
How It Happened - Texas A&M - W, 8-6
T-1st 1-0 With the bases loaded, Roberts ripped an RBI single to right field that scored Lorenz from third.
T-1st 2-0 Adams droves in Lindaman from third after Aggies second baseman Kayla Grace mishandled a grounder headed up the middle of the infield.
T-1st 3-0 With the bases still loaded, Hoover plated Reynoso after she drew a full-count walk.
T-1st 4-0 Voss extended the lead with an RBI single to shallow left field that scored Roberts from third and prompted a pitching change from the Aggies.
T-1st 5-0 Sipos kept the rally going in the first after she plated Adams with an RBI single to left field.
T-1st 6-0 Caraway drove home Hoover on a groundout between third base and shortstop.
T-1st 7-0 Lindaman pushed across the final run of the inning when she drew a walk after 14 pitches. Voss scored on the play.
B-4th 7-1 The Aggies picked up their first run of the game via a bases loaded hit-by-pitch by Dani Elder that scored Blake-Ann Fritsch.
B-4th 7-2 Haley Lee dropped in a bloop single past the outstretched arms of Adams on the edge of the infield to score Baylee Klingler for Texas A&M's second run.
B-4th 7-3 With the bases loaded, Kayla Garcia trimmed down the Florida lead with a one out single to right field.
B-4th 7-4 The Texas A&M rally continued with a single to right field by Morgan Smith.
B-4th 7-5 Kelbi Fortenberry closed down the Florida lead with a shallow single to center field that scored Lee from third.
T-5th 8-5 Sipos lifted the 2-2 pitch from Mayo over the wall down the left field line for her first career home run.
B-6th 8-6 Klingler drove in the Aggies sixth run of the game with a short RBI single to right field that allowed Fortenberry to score.
The seven runs scored by the Gators in the first inning against the Aggies are the most runs scored in the first inning of a game this season and second most runs scored in any inning this year.
UF plated 10 runs in the second inning against Bethune-Cookman March 27, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
- Florida improved to 19-5 overall against Texas A&M and 7-3 on the road.
- Over the last 10 games UF is 8-2 against the Aggies.
- Sipos produced her second multi-hit and third multi-RBI game of the season.
- The three hits are a career-high for the freshman.
- Barnhill picked up her 23 victory on the season and ranks second in the nation in the category behind Louisiana's Summer Ellyson (24-4).
- With six strikeouts in today's game, Barnhill is now the nation's leader in strikeouts with 235 on the year.