Barnhill (26-3) helped put the Gators (57-8) within a victory Sunday of a spot in the title series. Washington (49-13) will play in an elimination game Saturday.
Sydney Romero homered and Paige Parker won her second straight game when defending champion Oklahoma beat Washington 3-1 in a winner's bracket game.
The Gators will seek their third national title in four years in the best-of-three championship series starting Monday.
FLORIDA 8, TEXAS A&M 0: Kelly Barnhill has accomplished just about everything in her two-year career at Florida. Florida punched its ticket to a third WCWS semifinal in four years. Jenna Lilley was hit by a pitch to put two on with no outs. LSU's outfield was set the other way and there was a big gap that allowed the ball to roll nearly to the fence. The Aggies failed to score in the top of the fifth to seal the loss. After her escape, Florida got on the board in the first when Janell Wheaton's single knocked in two.
Herndon slipped as she guided the hit down the right field line, it was an emotional moment as she regathered herself and took off for first. She was more relaxed against LSU. Romero's blast pushed the lead to 3-0. Sydney Springfield sacrificed bunted a 2-1 pitch on the right side to advance Quinn to third.
SEC alters graduate transfer penalty, clearing way for Zaire to join Gators
Appearing in eight games last season, Zaire attempted 23 passes for 122 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Today's change reduced that probation from three years to one for schools in situations like Florida.
Ocasio made perhaps the play of the game in the second inning when she ran into foul territory and caught a pop fly as she fell over a barrier.
The Ducks battled out of a bases-loaded situation with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh inning to end the game, and the Bears' season, with the win. We know Barnhill is a good pitcher, and so the pitches that she made some mistakes on, the ones she leaves over the plate, we want to make her pay for those, so we were definitely focused on making her throw strikes."On adjustments that needed to be made". Riley Sartain leads the team with a.354 average and 48 RBI and is also second on the team in home runs at 12.Tori Vidales paces the Aggies with 17 long balls and is second on the team in RBI at 46.
NOTES - The Gators recorded their 40th shutout of the season, setting a program record.
Florida leads the country in shutouts this season and its total is the most by a Division I team since 2007 (41, Arizona). LSU's two hits were tied for their fewest hits in a WCWS in their six appearances in Oklahoma City ...
Garcia (22-8) took the loss Thursday in a game that began with consecutive LSU doubles in the red-shirt freshman's WCWS debut.