Sunday June 1, 2008Two Enea Home Runs Force Second Semifinal Game at WCWS
Oklahoma City, OK
Two home runs by sophomore Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and an excellent pitching performance from freshman Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) led the Florida softball team (70-4) to a 6-1 win over Texas A&M in the Women’s College World Series. The Florida win forced a second semifinal game which will be played at 7 p.m. ET tonight at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Florida was the first team on the board as Enea blasted a line drive over the left field fence for her 16th home run of the season in the top of the second. Freshman Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) reached on a full-count walk, but a strikeout and a lineout into
Texas A&M tied the game in the bottom of the second. With one out, Erin Glasco and Jami Lobpries reached on back-to-back walks from Florida junior starter Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.). A base hit to shallow right field by Macie Morrow loaded the bases.
A big fourth inning gave the Gators a 4-1 lead. With one out, junior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) hit a double to left. Junior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas) came in to pinch run for her at second. She moved to third on a passed ball. An error by the Aggie second baseman scored Hines and left Enea at second and Florida with the one-run lead. With two outs, senior Mary Ratliff (Mt. Sterling , Ky.) drove a double to the fence in right center to bring in Enea. A base hit dropped in left center by sophomore Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) brought home Ratliff and gave the Gators the three-run cushion. The Aggies sent starting pitcher Megan Gibson to play first, while moving Rhiannon Kliesing from first to the pitcher’s circle. Freshman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) added the fourth hit of the inning to the Gator tally with a base hit up the middle. Pinch hitter freshman Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) drew a walk to load the bases, but a fly out to center would end the inning.
Florida added two more runs in the top of the seventh. Gardiner got the Gators started with a base hit up the middle. Enea slammed her second home run of the game, this one over the centerfield fence, to tie the Florida single season home run record and the 6-1 Gator lead. The home run was Enea’s 17th of the season and tied Kristen Butler for the single season home run record. Butler set the record in 2006. Freshman Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) drew a walk and stole a base to move into scoring position before the next two Gators were retired.
The Aggies added a walk and a hit off Nelson in the third. Brombacher came in to replace Nelson with a 4-1 Gator lead in the bottom of the fourth. Brombacher allowed only one Aggie batter on base on a walk in the remaining four innings as she and the Gator defense recorded 10 straight outs to end the game. Brombacher earned the win to improve to 20-0 on the season. Gibson took the loss for the Aggies, recording only her second loss of the season at 40-2.
Sunday night’s game will air live on ESPN2. The winner of the game will advance to the championship series to face either Alabama or Arizona State.