COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Florida advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 Southeastern Conference Tournament after it defeated LSU, 3-0, Friday afternoon at Davis Diamond.
The Gators (42-15) were led offensively by senior Amanda Lorenz, who turned in a 3-for-4 performance at the plate against the Tigers (40-16), and in the circle by senior Kelly Barnhill's (28-11) one-hit performance.
Lorenz led off the game with a hard double to the gap in right-center and was brought home by Jordan Roberts' RBI single to center field. UF tacked on two more runs in the top of the second inning to extend the lead out to 3-0.
The three-run lead was more than Barnhill needed as she held LSU's high-powered offense to just a softly hit single up the third base line by Aliyah Andrews. After the single, the Marietta, Ga. native retired the next 13 batters in order and finished the game with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Florida advances to face No. 10-seed Auburn Friday, May 10, at 4:30 p.m. (ET)/3:30 p.m. (CT) at Davis Diamond on ESPN2.
Kelly Barnhill's one-hit shutout of No. 10 LSU is her third complete-game one-hitter of the season.
- vs. No. 5/6 Washington - W, 1-0 - March 1, 2019
- at No. 19 Auburn - W, 7-0 - April 26, 2019
- vs. No. 10 LSU - W, 3-0 - May 9, 2019
- The Gators now hold a 30-27 record in SEC Tournament play.
- Today's win over LSU was the team's 17th victory over a top-25 opponent this season. It's also the ninth shutout of against a top-25 opponent.
- Barnhill struck out the LSU side in the sixth inning and she has now struck out the side 27 times this season.
- Lorenz tallied her 21st multi-hit game of the season after she went 3-for-4. It's the fourth time this season she has registered at least three hits.
Head Coach Tim Walton
On if their momentum from the last game carried over ...
I think overall, confidence is confidence. [When] you can get hitters that haven't had their best year to get hits in post-season games or get hits against good teams. I think it breeds confidence. I definitely think that even though we got five hits total in this game and nine last night, I still thought that we struck the ball well today. We hit the ball really hard and made some defensive plays. I do think that that carried over. I think again, it's who knows how to continue to grow confidence. We've had moments in the season where we were really good and I think today was one of those moments.
Senior Kelly Barnhill
On the difference between her pitching performance from last week and today...
I think the real big difference between today and last weekend was hitting my spots and the ability to locate my two-seam fastball and my screwball. I think that ends up being a really big game-changer when the teams are going up there and they're going to attack the rise ball and they're looking up. So it changes their eyes and makes them have to look down.
Senior Amanda Lorenz
On the difference in their plate approach ...
I think we're just excited to be in postseason. It doesn't matter what we did the previous at-bat or yesterday. All that matters is today and scoring runs and finding a way to win. So I think everyone really likes that and the comfortableness of that and not worrying about the average up on the screen. All that we care about is that we're going to drive in runs and find a way to win.