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Bush went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run.

Thursday February 19, 2009Softball Racks Up Eight Runs in Win over Fresno State

Palm Springs, Calif.

Bush went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run.

No. 2/2 University of Florida earned its first victory on the 2009 Cathedral City Classic with an 8-0, five-inning win over No. 14/14 Fresno State on Thursday afternoon playing in “Fenway Park” at the Big League Dream Sports Park.  The Gators (9-1, 0-0 SEC) won their first matchup against a ranked team this season.  The eight-run win marked the seventh straight game UF won by at least eight runs. 

 

Junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) belted home runs to led the Gators to victory.  Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) recorded her fifth shutout to improve to 5-0 on the season and 25-0 in her career. 

 

The Gators scored early, getting on the board in their first at bat.  Sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) drew a lead-off walk to start the game.  After two quick outs, Enea stepped to the plate and with a 1-0 count, nailed the ball over the fence in left center.  Enea leads the team with 23 RBI. 

 

The Bulldogs tried to counter in the bottom of the first, getting the first two runners on with singles.  Brombacher settled down, retiring the next three batters with a fly out, strikeout and ground out. 

 

Florida struck again in the top of the second.  With one out, sophomore Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) reached first when she was hit by a pitch.  Bush moved her into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, her third of the season.  Paculba walked for the second time to put runners on first and second.  Waleszonia knocked in her fourth run of the season on a single to center field.

 

With a 3-0 lead, Brombacher retired eight in a row before Haley Gilleland lined one up the middle with two outs.  The following batter flied out to end the inning.

 

The Gators put the game away in the top of the fifth inning, recording five runs all with two outs.  Enea drew a walk to get things started.  Senior Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.) pinch ran and immediately stole second to put herself in scoring position.  Sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) smacked a single between first and second base to move Johnson to third.  Junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) came through, slamming one to center field to drive in her 10th and 11th runs of the season.  Bush then hit her first home run of the year with a three-run bomb to left, nailing the Green Monster replica. 

 

Brombacher ended the day with two strikeouts, three hits allowed and one walk allowed.  Morgan Melloh tallied the loss for the Bulldogs, allowing five hits, eight runs, seven walks and striking out eight in 5.0 innings.

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