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Kelsey Bruder nailed a two-RBI double to put the Gators on top.

Friday February 20, 2009Softball Wins Ninth Straight Over Nevada, 5-0

Palm Springs, Calif.

Kelsey Bruder nailed a two-RBI double to put the Gators on top.

No. 2/2 University of Florida defeated No. 17/19 Nevada, 5-0, in the second day of action of the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif.  The Gators (11-1, 0-0 SEC) were led by sophomores Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) and Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.), who combined for three RBI.


Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned her sixth win and her sixth shutout of the season as the righty improved her career record to 26-0.  Katie Holverson (4-3) took the loss for the Wolfpack (7-3, 0-0 WAC). 


Bruder ended the day going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.  Paculba went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI.


The Gators scored their first runs in the top of the second.  Junior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) walked on four pitches and moved to second on a single to left field by Bruder.  Sophomore Kristine Priebe (Moorpark, Calif.) laid down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners into scoring position.  Sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) walked to load the bases.  Paculba then recorded her first hit of the tournament on a two-out single, scoring Brooks.  A throwing error by the centerfielder moved the runners along, including Bruder, who crossed the plate to give the Gators a 2-0 lead.


Florida added another run its next time up as senior Ali Gardiner (Waccubuc, N.Y.) fired a bomb to deep center field.  The ball hit off the outfield fence as Gardiner rolled into second base for her third double of the season.  Junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) walked and the number-three and four hitters were replaced on the base path by pinch runners freshman Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) and senior Brooke Johnson (Lakeland, Fla.). 


Nevada went to the bullpen for Mallary Darby.  Brooks grounded back to the new pitcher to advance the runners to second and third.  Bruder stepped up to the plate and nailed a two-RBI single to score both pinch runners.


The Gators tallied their final run in the fourth.  Paculba singled up the middle and stole second to immediately put herself in scoring position.  Senior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.) smoked a triple to deep right-center field, allowing Paculba to cross the plate.  Waleszonia holds the school record with five single-season triples, yet she has already accumulated four in 12 games.  She is UF’s career-triple record holder with 17.


The Wolfpack’s biggest scoring threat came in the top of the second.  With bases loaded off a fielder’s choice and two singles, Brombacher got out of the jam able by forcing the nine-spot hitter out on a fly ball to second baseman Paculba.  In the fifth, two singles put runners on first and second with only one out.  Brombacher forced the following two batters to ground out to end the inning. 


Brombacher recorded six strikeouts and only allowed one walk.  The sophomore gave up the most hits of the season, allowing eight Nevada hits over 7.0 innings.





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