Friday, 18 August, 2017

Kelly Barnhill allows three hits as Florida shuts out Texas A&M

Riley Sartain Named NFCA Third Team All-American Texas A&M Opens Play at Women's College World Series Against Florida
Connie Andrews | 02 June, 2017, 01:51

Texas A&M (47-11) take on the top-seeded Florida Gators (55-8) at 11 a.m., which can be seen on ESPN. I know we're somewhat known here with some tradition in our program, but it's really tough to get here. Game 7 victor, 5 p.m. "It's what we work hard for".

However, Moore has in his arsenal two players who were on his 2014 Baylor squad that punched its way to Oklahoma City, in senior third baseman Lindsey Cargill and senior second baseman Ari Hawkins.

"We feel we can compete with Oklahoma, but we also have a lot of respect for them", Moore said. "We have to tone that down a little bit". "We have to bring it down to a 10". But the series could have easily gone the other way as the Sooners outlasted the Lady Bears in a 3-2 win in 10 innings in a series opening win.

And Florida's younger players have grown up fast after their crushing super-regional loss to Georgia previous year. After that rough patch, though, OR came back to finish its regular season with three sweeps - including three wins over No. 2 Florida State - and now is on a 15-game win streak.

Florida puts 3 on NFCA All-America first team: Barnhill, Gourley and outfielder Amanda Lorenz were named National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-Americans on Wednesday. Barnhill (18-4) threw a two-hitter at Alabama in the 2-1 super regional victory that sent Florida to Oklahoma City, and on Tuesday she became the second UF player every to be named USA Collegiate softball player of the year.

"I'm just really proud of Kelly and the season she has had", Walton said.

Parker carried the Sooners to last year's national title as a sophomore with a 38-3 record, but they have much more pitching depth this season.

Due to the quirks of the SEC schedule, the Gators are in a bracket with SEC members Texas A&M and LSU, and didn't play either during the regular season. College softball's week-long, up to 17-game season finale from OGE Energy Field at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium begins Thursday, June 1, with a four-day, eight-team round-robin, concluding with two teams advancing to the WCWS Finals.

This being the first trip to the WCWS for everyone on the Washington roster, playing OR may actually be a blessing.

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