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Brombacher only allowed one hit while striking out eight through 6.0 innings.

Saturday February 7, 2009Softball Shuts Out Baylor in Six Innings

Gainesville, Fla.

Brombacher only allowed one hit while striking out eight through 6.0 innings.

Sophomore right-hander Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) took a no-hitter into the last inning and junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) knocked in three as the No. 1/1 Florida softball team (2-0, 0-0 SEC) defeated Baylor (0-2, 0-0 Big 12), 8-0, in six innings Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of over 1,500 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.

 

Brombacher was nearly unhittable, giving up one hit over six innings, striking out eight and walking only one. The hurler earned her first win of the season in a performance that did not yield a hit till one out in the top of the sixth inning. Shaina Brock took the loss for the Bears, falling to 0-1 on the young season.

 

The Gators belted three home runs for the first time since April 19, 2008 vs. Kentucky and more than doubled their run total from yesterday. Enea led the charge, going 1-for-2 with her first home run of the season, three RBI and a run scored. Sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) also had a spectacular day at the plate, finishing 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base.

 

The Gators matched their run total from yesterday’s contest in the first inning, scoring three runs right off the bat. Paculba drew a one-out walk and before senior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) could single to left, the speedy second baseman stole second. Once Gardiner knocked her over to third on the single, Enea stepped to the plate and nailed the first pitch over the leftfield fence. Enea’s 24th career home run gave the Gators a 3-0 lead to conclude the first frame of the game.

 

Following more dominant pitching by Brombacher, the Orange and Blue continued their offensive prowess in the bottom half of the second. Junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) belted her first double of the season to lead off the inning and advanced to third after a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.). Brooks would cross the plate on a Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) sacrifice fly. The RBI was the first of the freshman’s career and put the Gators ahead by a score of 4-0. Senior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) immediately followed up with a solo home run to opposite field. The shot to left was her first of the season and eighth of her career and gave Florida comfortable 5-0 lead.

 

Paculba led off the bottom of the fifth inning by sending a 3-1 pitch onto Museum Road over the right field fence to give the Gators a commanding 6-0 lead. After Gardiner was hit by a pitch, freshman Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) made her first career appearance for the Gators as a pinch runner. Once on, Heil immediately swiped second for the first steal of her career, the freshman advanced to third on a throwing error by Baylor’s catcher. Brooks followed up with her second hit of the day, knocking in Heil for Heil’s first run of her career and putting the Gators up 7-0.

 

Florida finished off the scoring and the game in the bottom of the sixth, when freshman  Alicia Sisco (Cooper City, Fla.) made her first collegiate appearance and singled to left for her first career hit. After senior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) walked, Paculba collected her final RBI of the day with her first double of the season. The RBI knocked in Sisco and gave the game its final score of 8-0 in the favor of the Orange and Blue.

 

“I thought we did a good job,” head coach Tim Walton.  “We did a much better job with all of our at bats as opposed to just hitting a couple. It’s easy to swing the bat when everybody is hitting. I think overall, when your pitcher and catcher set a good tempo it can really set you up to win the game.”

 

The nation’s top-ranked team goes for the sweep of Baylor tomorrow at noon to conclude its three-game series with the Bears.

 

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