Barnhill’s 16 K’s guide Gators past Ole Miss

Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill (11) throws during a softball game against FSU at Katie Seashole Presley Stadium in Gainesville Wednesday April 12, 2017. The Gators won 1-0. Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer

Kelly Barnhill knows that softball is about more than one person.

Who: Ole Miss (31-15, 6-10) vs. No. 1 Florida (43-3, 16-2)

When: 4 p.m.

Where: Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

Radio: 92.1-FM/1230-AM & 100.1-FM/900-AM

No matter how impressive the performances of that one person.

“You always gotta stay humble,” she said. “There’s always room for improvement.”

Maybe a little. Because the way Barnhart is going, it would be difficult to be much better.

The sophomore pitcher struck out 16 as Florida beat Ole Miss 2-0 in the opening game of a three-game series.

For Barnhill, it was her 10th shutout of the season and Florida’s 27th, the top total in the country.

“My low-rise was really working,” she said.

Barnhill, now 19-0, struck out at least 15 batters for the third straight game.She lowered her nation-leading ERA to 0.18, allowing only two hits in the game. Her 2017 has been a string of scoreless streaks that now is at 38⅓ innings.And it’s only her second longest scoreless streak this year.“Last year I lacked a little bit of confidence,” said Barnhill. “This year, it’s great that it’s there. It’s a little more relaxed honestly.”So relaxed that Florida’s fielders only had to make seven plays in the field.“She’s got good command, she’s unassuming,” said Florida softball coach Tim Walton. “She just goes out there and throws the ball well. Her pitches are good and she’s able to throw strikes.”No. 1 Florida is now 43-3 and 16-2 in the SEC. No. 18 Ole Miss drops to 31-15 and 6-10.Florida jumped out to the lead in the bottom of the first inning despite having a runner thrown out at the plate. Unfortunately, this article is either no longer in our system or is in a different location.To find additional or related content, you can check out latest articles or use our site search function above.Thank you.