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Senior Stacey Nelson records 100th career win.

Friday February 20, 2009Softball Brings Down Defending-National Champions ASU, 8-2

Palm Springs, Calif.

Senior Stacey Nelson records 100th career win.

No. 2/2 University of Florida defeated No. 3/7 Arizona State, 8-2, in its second game of the Cathedral City Classic Thursday evening.† Sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) smoked two home runs in the same inning, one for a grand slam, and senior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos, Calif.) collected her 100th career win in the victory.

 

For the second time on Thursday, the Gators (10-1, 0-0 SEC) put up huge numbers in the fifth inning as they took the lead from the Sun Devils (11-2, 0-0 PAC 10) and ran away with the game, scoring all eight runs.†

 

Down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Bush stepped to the plate and nailed a solo shot over the left field fence to tie the game.† Senior Kristina Hilberth (Dunedin, Fla.) used her speed to get reach second as the centerfielder dropped her hard-hit fly ball.† Classmate Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) moved Hilberth over on a shot back to the pitcher.† Next up was senior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.), who drove Hilberth in on a single to left field for her 11th RBI of the season.

 

Freshman Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) came in to run for Gardiner and junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) walked to put runners on first and second.† Junior Corrie Brooks (Chistmas, Fla.)† rocketed a liner just over the third base bag for a two-RBI double.† Sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) walked followed by classmate Kristine Priebeís (Moorpark, Calif.) hit by pitch.† With the bases loaded, ASU went to the bullpen for Megan Ellsworth.† On the first pitch, Bush launched another bomb to center field for her first career grand slam and her second homer of the inning.† Hilberth recorded the last hit of the inning on a blooper that fell between the shortstop and the centerfielder.† She used her speed again to stretch the hit into a double.

 

The Sun Devils tallied their first run in the first inning of play.† They loaded the bases with a hit batter, an error by Brooks and a walk.† Nelson settled down to strike out cleanup hitter Krista Donnenwirth.† Katelyn Boyd ripped a single to left field to score the first run of the game.† Kaylyn Castillo nailed a grounder to second, but quick-firing sophomore second baseman Aja Pacubla (Wildomar, Calif.) fired to home to get the runner at the plate.† Nelson finished off the side with another strikeout.†

 

Nelson found herself in another jam at the top of the second.† After allowing a walk and a double that ricocheted off the first base bag, Nelson struck the next two batters out and forced a ground out to third to escape unscathed.

 

Arizona State got its second run in the top of the seventh as the Sun Devils tried to mount a comeback.† Nelson got Mandy Urfer to strikeout swinging for out number one.† Christina Zambrana then nailed a grounder behind first base; Paculba ranged over to collect the hard-hit ball and flip to Gardiner at first for the second out.† Jessica Mapes walked followed by Lesley Rogersís double to center to score Mapes.† Nelson battled Kaitlin Cochran at the plate, finally winning the 11-pitch at bat as Cochran went down swinging and Nelson collected her fifth win of the season and 100th of her career.† She is the first pitcher in program history to reach the century mark.

 

Nelson (5-1) ended the day with nine strikeouts, five hits allowed, three walks and two earned runs over 7.0 innings.† Megan Elliot took the loss for the Sun Devils, falling to 2-2.

 

The Gators return to the diamond on Friday, Feb. 20 as they face No. 17/19 Nevada at 4 p.m. (ET) and No. 7/3 Washington at 8:30 p.m. (ET).

 

 

 

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