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Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher pitched a no-hitter and only walked one.

Friday February 13, 2009Softball's Stephanie Brombacher Pitches No-Hitter in Gators' 8-0 Win

Gainesville, Fla.

Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher pitched a no-hitter and only walked one.

Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) hurled five perfect innings and threw the first no-hitter of her career as the No. 2/2 University of Florida softball team defeated Coastal Carolina by a score of 8-0 Friday evening at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The no-hitter was the first since Lindsay Littlejohn tossed a perfect game against Longwood in Gainesville on Feb. 19, 2006. The win was also the second victory of the day for the Gators as host of the 2009 Lipton Softball Invitational.


Brombacher was absolutely phenomenal for the Orange and Blue, striking out nine of the 18 batters she faced, which tied a career high. It took 80 pitches for the right-handed flamethrower to improve to a faultless 3-0 on the season. Katelin Edwards gave up eight runs (six earned) on six hits for the Chanticleers, falling to 0-2 on the young season.


The Gators were led on offense by senior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.), who went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. The centerfielder became just the second player in school history to record two triples in a game, accomplishing the task for the first time since Jackie Marchetta recorded two against Birmingham-Southern on Feb. 14, 2003. Another boost for the Gators offense came in the form of sophomore Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.), who made her first start of the season a memorable one by launching two-run home run over the 220-feet sign in dead center field.


Just like the previous game versus Texas Tech, sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) opened up the game with a leadoff walk. After Paculba acquired her third stolen base of the season and reached third on a pass ball, Waleszonia dished out her first triple of the game to knock in Paculba and give the Gators their first run of the game. Waleszonia would join her teammate in crossing the plate shortly thereafter when junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) lifted a towering sacrifice fly to center field to give the Gators a 2-0 advantage.


With one out in the bottom of the second inning, sophomore Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) doubled off the wall in left field. That set the stage for Priebe, who sent the ball soaring over the wall in center to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Gators. In an exact replication of the first inning, Florida’s 1-2 hitters would provide an additional boost to the offense. Paculba drew a walk, swiped second and jogged across home plate thanks in part to Waleszonia’s second triple of the game. Florida wrapped up its scoring for the second inning when senior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) drove in Paculba on a single to make the score 6-0 in support of the Gators.


The Gators continued their assault in the top of the third inning as sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) led off with a double.  Brooks was then hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs.  Bruder and Brooks executed a double steal to move into scoring position.  After two quick outs by the Chanticleers, Paculba reached on an error while Bruder and Brooks scored to give the Gators’ their final two runs of the game.     


The Gators head off to Palm Springs, Calif. for the Cathedral City Classic for their first games against ranked opponents this year before returning home to Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for a 4 p.m. game against Michigan.

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