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Florida's Barnhill Too Tough for the Tigers In SEC Softball Matchup

Auburn wasn't able to push a run home as they suffered a second straight softball loss to the Gators.

Gainesville, Fla.--Kelly Barnhill continued her dominating season as she struck out 16 Auburn batters while the Florida Gators improved to 29-1 with a 7-0 softball victory over the Tigers on Sunday night.

Auburn, which dropped to 27-5 overall and 2-3 in the SEC, will wrap up the series at 6 p.m. CDT on Monday night.

Barnhill, who improved to 11-0, allowed just two hits, both from Kasey Cooper who singled and doubled. Auburn's 16 strikeouts were a season high for the Tigers.

Makayla Martin suffered the loss, falling to 12-4 the season. The Gators scored single runs in the second and fourth innings and were never threatened, unlike the series opener when they rallied for a comeback, walk-off win.

Martin gave up eight hits and seven runs in 4 1/3 innings with five of the runs earned. Freshman Ashlee Swindle allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Nicole Dewitt and Chelsea Herndon had two hits apiece to lead the Florida offense while Aleshia Ocasio scored three times as their team improved to 7-0 in the SEC.

Monday night’s game will be televised on the SEC Network.

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