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Pacubla went 3-for-3 with three hits, including a two-run home run.

Wednesday February 11, 2009Softball Rolls Over Jacksonville, 11-0, in Six Innings

Gainesville, Fla.

Pacubla went 3-for-3 with three hits, including a two-run home run.

The No. 2/2 University of Florida’s bats came live in Jacksonville, as the Gators defeated Jacksonville University, 11-0, in six innings in front of a school-record crowd of 1,387 at JU Softball Complex.  Sophomore second baseman Aja Pacubla (Wildomar, Calif.) led the way, going 3-for-3 with three hits, three RBI and a home run.  Sophomore right-hander Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) recorded eight strikeouts while not allowing a walk in her second win of 2009.

 

The Gators (3-1, 0-0 SEC) lit up the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning, tallying five hits and eight runs.  The Dolphins (1-5, 0-0 Atlantic Sun) tried three different pitchers to stop the UF offensive, giving up 11 earned runs on 10 hits and allowed six walks over six innings.

 

Junior left fielder Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was the first runner to reach in the sixth, as she was hit by a pitch to start off the inning.  Senior Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) came in to pinch run and immediately stole second.  Sophomore catcher Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) drew a walk to put runners on first and second.  Sophomore Ami Austin (Ormond Beach, Fla.) also came in as a pinch runner.  After JU went to the bullpen, sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) launched a single to left field to drive in Johnson. 

 

Three straight walks by JU pitchers scored two runs for the Gators.  Junior third baseman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) tallied another run on a wild pitch to give the Gators a seven-run lead.  Paculba then registered her third RBI of the game with a single to center.  Enea followed with a double, driving in two more to give UF a 10-0 lead.  DeFelice ripped the final hit of the inning up the middle for her first RBI of the season.

 

One inning earlier, Paculba slammed her second home run of the season to drive in two for her fourth RBI of the year and give the Gators a three-run lead.  Sophomore shortstop Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led off the inning with a walk.  Senior Danyell Hines (Bryan, Texas) came in as a pinch runner and moved to second as freshman Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) laid down a sacrifice bunt in her homecoming.  Hines advanced to third when senior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) hit a grounder to the third baseman.  With two outs, Paculba nailed the ball over the left field wall as she tied her last year’s home run total in the fourth game of this season.

 

Florida scored its first run of the game in the top of third inning.  Waleszonia laid down a two-out bunt and advanced to second on Paculba’s first hit of the game to second base.  Senior first baseman Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) recorded her first RBI of the season as she ripped a single to center field.  Waleszonia used her speed to score from second and give the Gators a 1-0 lead.

 

In the top of the fourth, back-to-back Gators gave the ball a ride, taking the outfielders to the wall.  DeFelice crushed a pitch to left field, but Katarina Engler made the catch with her back to the wall.  Bruder then launched a ball to center field, but Kayla Ouellet covered significant ground to make the out.  Brooks ended the inning with a grounder to her counterpart at third.

 

The Gators threatened to begin the game, as Paculba coaxed a one-out walk and then stole second.  Gardiner nailed a single back to the pitcher to move the second baseman to third.  With Enea at the plate, UF attempted a double steal, but Paculba was thrown out in a pickle.  Although Gardiner moved to third, Enea struck out looking to end the inning.

 

The Dolphins’ only threat of the game came in the bottom of the first inning.  Shannon Monahan tallied the first hit of the game as she threaded it through the left side.  Kayla Ouellet recorded a sacrifice bunt to move Monahan into scoring position. Monahan then moved to third on a passed ball.  UF settled in and ended the JU scoring threat as Brombacher forced a ground out and got one looking.

 

Brombacher tied a season high with eight strikeouts in the compete game.  She only allowed two hits and did not register a base-on-balls.  The sophomore now owns a 22-0 career record.  Sarah Sigrest recorded the loss for the Dolphins, pitching 4.0 innings and tallying five earned runs on five hits, four walks and three K’s.  Ashley Iveson pitched 1.0 inning, allowing one hit, four earned runs and walked two.  Brittany Abbott finished the day for JU, also pitching 1.0 inning, giving up four hits and two runs.

 

The Gators return home to host the Lipton Invitational on Feb. 13-15.   They will take on Texas Tech at 5 p.m. and Coastal Carolina at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

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