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Monday February 16, 2009Two Gators Earn SEC Weekly Honors for Stellar Play

Birmingham, Ala.

Two members of the No. 2/2 University of Florida softball team earned the Southeastern Conference’s weekly player honors for their outstanding play last week.  Junior left fielder Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was named SEC Player of the Week while sophomore right-hander Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned SEC Pitcher of the Week.  

 

Enea turned in phenomenal numbers in last week’s six games to garner the Player of the Week honors.  In 18 at bats, the junior recorded a team-high 11 hits, including two doubles and three home runs.  Two of her three homers were grand slams as she nailed the bases-loaded long balls on Feb. 14 against Texas Tech and then again versus South Alabama in the 2009 Lipton Invitational.  She became the first player in UF history to tally two grand slams in the same day.  The left fielder increased her career grand slam total to four and her overall home run total to 27.

 

Enea also recorded 18 of her team-leading 21 RBI in the six-game stand, notching five each in the Texas Tech and South Alabama games, which tied a career high and tied for third as a Florida single-game record.  In nine short games, Enea has moved four spots up on UF’s career RBI list, as she currently stands in seventh with 107. 

 

Brombacher registered four quality appearances last week, all highlighted by a no-hitter.  The sophomore pitched 5.0 scoreless innings against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 13 without allowing a hit and only one walk to record her first career no-hitter.   She is the first UF pitcher to accomplish the feat since Lindsey Littlejohn in 2006.  She also tied a career-high nine strikeouts in the same game.

 

The righty went 3-0 with three shutouts last week.  She has yet to allow a run to cross the plate on her watch.  In 18.0 innings, she allowed three hits, only one walk and struck out 28.  She pitched her fourth career one-hitter against South Alabama, the second of this young season.  She also pitched two perfect innings of relief against Georgia Tech on Sunday, striking out four, which equaled the total number of K’s for the Yellow Jackets’ two pitchers over their 5.1 innings.  In her 24.0 innings this season, Brombacher has only allowed four hits and walked two. 

 

The weekly honors are the first for both players.  Not only were the awards the earliest in program history, they also marked the first time two Gators earned conference weekly honors in the same week. 

 

The Gators hit the road to face off against their first ranked opponents of the season.   They head to Cathedral City, Calif., to play in the Cathedral City Classic from Feb. 19 to 21.  On Thursday, they take on No. 15/14 Fresno State at 6:30 p.m. (ET) and defending-national champions No. 3/6 Arizona State at 11:30 p.m. (ET). 

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