Softball2010 NCAA Women's College World Series
Fourth-seeded Florida (45-8) defeated UCF (36-22), 6-0, in game three of the Gainesville Regional as UF junior Kelsey Bruder hit her second home run in two days. Florida junior right-hander Stephanie Brombacher (31-6) pitched her second one-hitter of the season, walking two and striking out eight.
UCF senior righty Ashleigh Cole (24-14) tallied the loss, allowing eight hits, five earned runs, one walk, while striking out three.
The Gators were the first to score as Bruder recorded her 13th home run of the season in the top of the first. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie led off with a double to left and Bruder belted one over the right-field fence to give UF a 2-0 lead.
Florida added two more to its lead in the fifth. Junior Tiffany DeFelice reached second on a throwing error by UCF second baseman Natalie Land. Senior Corrie Brooks knocked a hard-hit grounder toward the second-base bag and Land made a diving stop, but muffed the throw, allowing DeFelice to score UF’s third run. Sophomore Lauren Heil came in to pinch run for Brooks at first and advanced to second when freshman Brittany Walker laid down a sacrifice bunt. Moultrie singled to right center, moving Heil to third and junior Aja Paculba plated Heil on a sac fly.
Florida increased its lead to 6-0 in the seventh as Moultrie tallied a one-out single up the middle. Paculba drove her in with a double off the wall in center. After swiping third, Paculba crossed the plate on Bruder’s third RBI of the day, a single through the right side.
Florida Head Coach Tim Walton
“The first thing is the heat and the tremendous crowd we had again today, that gives us a lot of respect for those people who are used to coming out here for free all year long but now pay money to come out and watch us. When I talked about building this program, I talked about building a fan base and making it fun to watch. I give the fans a lot of respect for bearing through the heat and going home with the W with us.”
On Florida’s 6-0 win against UCF:
“It was a good fight from UCF. They are really talented and their pitcher is really good. We shook some things up offensively today and Kelsey Bruder has had some success and the two-run homer in the first really gave us a bit of an advantage and Stephanie set the tempo really well. Defensively we looked pretty sharp as well.”
On two shutouts in a row:
“It's huge, especially in those two games. But the next game is what we really have to work on, that's the key. You just can't get caught up in what you've done.”
Sophomore Center Fielder Michelle Moultrie
On being the lead-off hitter:
“It's the same kind of approach as before, which is just trying to get on base. I try to be on base for the big hitters that come up after me. Also not hitting the ball in air and trying to get something down on the ground is big.”
Junior Pitcher Stephanie Brombacher
On her shutout against UCF on Saturday:
“It's easy to feel good when our hitters hit like they do. I know I can just go out there and feel good about my pitches and if I make mistakes I know my defense is there. I've just been trusting my pitches and not trying to pinpoint them and just letting them break.”
Junior Right Fielder Kelsey Bruder
On the difference between Saturday’s game and the team’s March 31 game vs. the Knights:
“Starting early, trusting our hands and our approach and what we saw on film from last time. I know it's easy for Stephanie [Brombacher] to pitch with a lead, so getting ahead early is really key.”
UCF Sophomore Second Baseman Natalie Land
On the team’s 6-0 loss against Florida on Saturday:
“When you are playing a top-five team in the country, you have to do all the little things right. There are a couple things we have to work on to win tonight and hopefully play Florida again tomorrow.”
UCF Game Notes
· UCF drops to 36-22 on the season with the 6-0 loss to Florida. The Knights will play the winner of the Bethune-Cookman/FIU game (scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday) in an elimination game at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.
· UCF drops to 5-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, making their third all-time appearance in postseason play.
· Saturday’s game vs. Florida marked the 11th time UCF has been shutout this season.
· Senior third baseman Hillary Barrow tallied the Knights’ only hit of the game, giving her a team-leading three hits for the NCAA Tournament so far this season.
· Senior pitcher Ashleigh Cole recorded her 72nd career complete game in the loss, to run her record to 24-14 this season.
· Florida improves to 45-8 overall with the win, marking the sixth-most win in school history in a single season.
· The Gators lead the all-time series with UCF 10-2, including a 3-2 mark in NCAA Tournament games.
· Junior pitcher Stephanie Brombacher threw her 29th career shutout, putting her in sole possession of second place in Florida's record book. Brombacher also did not allow a walk for the second consecutive game.
· Junior right fielder Kelsey Bruder smacked a two-run homer, her second of the regional and the second time this season she has hit back-to-back home runs. Bruder also hit a home run in both games in a doubleheader against Auburn on March 17.
· With Bruder’s shot, Florida is now in first place in the SEC for home runs scored with 98.
· Brombacher tallied all three outs in the third by striking out one, then turning the double play to catch a pop-up and then threw to first to catch the runner stealing. She did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and threw her second one-hitter of the season.
· Junior catcher Tiffany DeFelice scored her 26th run of the season on a single and an error.
· Sophomore Lauren Heil scored her 19th run of the season as a pinch runner.
· Junior second baseman Aja Paculba, Florida's all-time career leader in runs scored, scored her 54th run in the seventh and stole her 58th career base to tie her for second place in Florida record for all-time career stolen bases.