Softball2010 NCAA Women's College World Series
Fourth-seeded Florida (44-8) defeated Bethune-Cookman (32-23), 6-0, in the second game of action on Friday evening at Pressly Stadium in a game with a two hours and 25 minute rain delay.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (30-6) earned the win, allowing only three hits, no walks and tied a season high with 11 strikeouts. Junior Allison Garcia (25-15) recorded the loss, allowing eight hits, six runs, two walks and struck out three.
The Gators struck first in the second with a two-out solo shot by junior Kelsey Bruder, her 12th of the season to give UF a 1-0 lead.
Florida added a run in the fourth as freshman Brittany Schutte and junior Megan Bush hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Bruder grounded out to first, advancing both runners into scoring position and junior Tiffany DeFelice plated Schutte with a ground out to short.
The Gators increased their lead to 6-0 with four runs on five hits. With one down, Schutte doubled to left and Bush followed with a single through the left side. Sophomore Lauren Heil came in to pinch run and Bruder tapped a roller down the third-base line to load the bases for DeFelice. The catcher smacked a single to left center to score Schutte and Heil. Bruder and DeFelice executed a double steal to move into scoring position for freshman pinch hitter Kelsey Horton, who belted a bases-clearing double through the left side to give Florida a 6-0 lead. Brombacher ended the game with a strikeout, stealing the UF win.
Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Chris Cochran
“I thought we played very good defense with a little bit of a break down in the sixth inning, but they [Florida] just keep coming at you and coming at you with a lot of tools to work with.”
Bethune-Cookman Sophomore Second Baseman Cesley Tafoya
On Florida pitcher Stephanie Brombacher’s complete-game shutout:
“We knew coming in that she was not going to throw a lot of balls; Coach [Chris Cochran] told us that from the get go. We were looking for a first pitch strike. I knew she was going in, had a curve and she went up. I starting looking inside for anything I could drive.”
Bethune-Cookman Junior Pitcher Allison Garcia
On going against Florida’s offense:
“They are a very, very strong hitting team, I tried to put my best out there, hit my spots and work with the count.”
Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
“I thought we came out ready to play. Intensity was good and Stephanie was great in the first inning and set the tempo for the game. I thought we played really well, with one minor miscue, but overall the defense was in-tune and the second time through the line-up was a lot better than the first, with the exception of Kelsey's hit in her first at-bat. Other than that, I think we came out ready to play but I give Bethune-Cookman a lot of credit. I think they had a good game plan offensively and in the circle.”
Florida Junior Pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
On the two-and-a-half hour rain delay:
“We sat in the locker room, watched some other games that were on TV and tried to stay focused. We just wanted to play. You don't want to be so focused that your brain gets going, but you just want to relax and not get too far out of your element.”
On her 11 strikeouts against Bethune-Cookman:
“I warmed up well and that always helps. Bethune-Cookman came out swinging and they were good hitters, but I just made my pitches. I felt really good about my curve ball and last week I felt that it was something I was missing, but I've been working on it and I felt really good about it today.”
Florida Junior Right Fielder Kelsey Bruder
On her home run just before the lengthy weather delay:
“It's good to come out and make a statement and get on the board before they do. It was a momentum-carrier.”
Bethune-Cookman Game Notes
· Bethune-Cookman, the 2010 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Champion, dropped to 32-23 overall, snapping a seven-game losing streak for the Wildcats.
· Friday’s game marked just the fourth time Bethune-Cookman has been shut out all season.
· The Wildcats were making their sixth trip all-time to the NCAA Tournament, and their first since advancing to the NCAA Super Regional in 2005.
Florida Game Notes
· Florida improves to 44-8 overall with the victory, marking the fourth consecutive season the team has won 44 or more games.
· The Gators now lead the series with Bethune-Cookman 13-2.
· Florida is making its 12th trip to the NCAA Tournament and its ninth consecutive, improves to 27-21 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.
· Junior pitcher Stephanie Brombacher (30-6) tied her season high with 11 strikeouts, earning her 30th win of the season.
· Brombacher charted her 13th shutout of the season and her first since May 9 against South Carolina.
· Junior right fielder Kelsey Bruder hit her 12th home run of the season in the second inning, tying the Gators with Alabama for the most home runs in the SEC this season with 97.
· Coming out of a two hour and 25 minute rain delay, Brombacher retired the side with three strikeouts.
· Freshman utility player Brittany Schutte scored two runs for the Gators, putting her in 12th on Florida's single-season runs list with 44.
· Freshman catcher Kelsey Horton hit her fourth career double as a pinch hitter to plate two Gators.