3/4 Florida softball team opened its 11-game
home stand Wednesday evening with a 6-1 win over Iowa (18-9) at Katie Seashole
Pressly Stadium. Florida improved its overall record
to 32-2 on the season thanks to a five run second inning and a strong performance
by starting Freshman RHP Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).
Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) led the Gators with three RBI and two
runs, going 1-for-3 with a triple. Junior Kim
Calif.) and freshmen Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.)
aided the Gators’ scoring attack as well by knocking in one run each. Junior Kristina Hilberth
(Dunedin, Fla.) was the only Gator to get multiple
hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Brombacher worked a solid five innings in the circle allowing just one run on
six hits. The pitcher’s record improved to 12-0 on the season thanks in part to
a concrete defense behind her which committed no errors. Fellow freshmen hurlers
Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) and Kristen Adkins (McKinney, Texas) threw
scoreless innings in the sixth and seventh respectively, preserving the win.
Florida’s offense exploded in the bottom
of the second. The Gators loaded the bases with no outs thanks to two walks by freshmen
(Coral Springs, Fla.)
and senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling, Ky) and a line drive single by sophomore
(Woodland Hills, Calif.). After two quick outs, Brooks arrived
at the plate swinging and connected with a two-out bases clearing triple to
right field putting the Gators up 3-0. Waleszonia
continued the two out rally with a triple of her own, knocking in Brooks and putting
the Orange and
Blue up 4-0. Amanda Zust came in to replace Iowa starter Brittany
Weil in the circle. Zust walked Paculba,
the first batter she faced. Paculba got caught
attempting to steal second on a double steal, allowing Waleszonia
to steal home making the score 5-0 Florida.
Gators did not score again until Paculba gave UF an
insurance run in the fourth by connecting with a two-out RBI single to right
field, knocking in Brooks to give Florida a 6-0 lead.
Brombacher started the top of the fifth by serving up a solo shot on a 1-0 count
to Katie Brown to introduce Iowa
to the scoring column. The home run allowed was the sixth allowed by the Gator
pitching staff this season.
Florida continues its 11-game home stand
on Saturday and Sunday with a three-game series against Longwood. Saturday’s
double header begins at noon. Kids can take part in a pre-game egg hunt at
11:30 a.m. It is also Dollar Day at the Katie Seashole
Pressly Stadium. Hot dogs and select concession items
will be only one dollar. Sunday’s single game is set for 11 a.m.