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Aja Paculba hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the 10-0 win over College of Charleston.

Friday February 15, 2008Softball Scored 19 Runs in Day One of Cox Classic

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Aja Paculba hit 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs in the 10-0 win over College of Charleston.

The No. 10 Florida Softball team (9-0) earned two wins in the first day of the Cox Communications Classic in Gainesville on Friday night. The Gators defeated East Tennessee State (1-3) 9-0 in six innings and College of Charleston (1-9) 10-0.


In the first game, Florida scored nine runs on only six hits, while drawing eight walks for the 9-0 win over East Tennessee State (1-3) in six innings Senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) led the team with a 2-for-4 performance with two runs scored and two RBI. Sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) finished the game 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs and three RBI.


Sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) drew a lead off walk to start the Gator half of the second. Junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) and senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) followed with back-to-back base hits to load the bases. Freshman Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) knocked the third consecutive Gator hit of the inning up the middle to score Enea. A freshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) fielder’s choice scored Gardiner, but put Priebe out at second, leaving runners at first and third. Ratliff scored and Bush went to second on a double steal. Sophomore Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) drew a walk. She and Bush both advanced on a wild pitch. Junior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) drew a walk to load the bases again. Bush came home on junior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) fielder’s choice play to give the Gators the 4-0 lead.


Gardiner drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the third frame. Junior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas) came in to pinch run for her. Ratliff blasted a two-run homer, her second of the season, to put Florida up by six runs.


Hilberth led off the sixth with a bunt single. Freshman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) walked. Amanda Haverman came in to relieve East Tennessee starter Marissa Hardy in the circle. Enea took the first pitch she was offered over the centerfield fence for a three-run, walk-off homer, giving Florida the 9-0 win in six innings.


Freshman hurler Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) pitched the complete game, giving up only one hit to earn her fourth win of the season. She tied her career high with seven strikeouts. Hardy took the loss for the Buccaneers.


Florida used a season-high 15 hits for a 10-0 win over College of Charleston (1-9) in game two. Six different Gators had two hits a piece in the game, Waleszonia (2-3), Hilberth (2-4), Paculba (2-4), Enea (2-3), Ratliff (2-4) and Brooks (2-3).


The Gators got off to a quick start in game two as Waleszonia and Hilberth led off the game with back-to-back bunt singles. The runners stole second and third. They both scored on a Paculba base hit to center. Paculba advanced to second on the throw home. Enea knocked in Paculba with a base hit to left and advanced to second on the throw. Gardiner walked, but was thrown out on a fielder’s choice play in Ratliff’s at bat. The play allowed Enea to advance to third, enabling her to score on freshman Tiffany DeFelice’s (Coral Springs, Fla.) sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead.


Brooks led of the top of the second with an infield base hit. She stole second and advanced to third on a Waleszonia ground out. Hilberth earned her first of two RBI on the day, scoring Brooks with a single to left field.


The Gators added one more run in each the fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Paculba stole home, putting the Gators up 6-0. Junior Le-Net Franklin (Belton, Texas) led off the sixth reaching on a passed ball after a strikeout. She stole second and moved to third on a Waleszonia sacrifice fly. She scored the Gators’ seventh run of the game on a Hilberth ground out to the Cougar short stop.


Florida put up its final three runs in the top of the seventh. Junior Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) led off the inning with a pinch hit double to center field. Gardiner knocked a line drive over the left field fence for her first home run of the 2008 season and two RBI. Back-to-back doubles by Ratliff and freshman Kristen Adkins (McKinney, Texas) set up the sacrifice opportunity for Bush. Bush took full advantage, hitting a towering pop up deep to center field to score Ratliff for the final run of the game, giving the Gators the 10-0 victory.


Junior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) started the game and struck out six in the first three innings. Freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) relieved Nelson to start the fourth and pitched three innings to earn her first collegiate win. Adkins pitched the final inning in relief of Bruder.


The Gators continue Cox Communications Classic play on Saturday with a 1:30 p.m. game versus North Carolina and a 4 p.m. game against East Tennessee State.



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