Saturday February 28, 2009No. 2 Softball Wins Sixth Straight, Defeating Texas Tech, 7-3
No. 2/2 University of Florida capped of day two of the Cox Invitational by topping Texas Tech, 7-3, on Saturday night at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.† Back-to-back home runs by junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and sophomore Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) highlighted the night as the Gators (17-2, 0-0 SEC) tallied eight hits in the win.
Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) improved her record to 9-0 as she is now one win away from a 30-0 career start. The righty struck out five, walked two and allowed two earned runs over 4.1 innings.† Senior Stacey Nelson (Los Alamitos , Calif.) registered her second save of the season, pitching 2.2 innings.† She struck out four, walked one and did not allow a run to cross the plate.† Alex Watkins (0-4) was credited with the loss for the Red Raiders (4-13).
For the third game in a row, the Gators scored in the first inning to kick things off.† Sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) walked and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior Kim Waleszonia (Fontana, Calif.).† Senior Ali Gardiner (Waccabuc, N.Y.) doubled to center field to score Paculba and put the Gators on the board.† Enea followed with a single up the middle, moving Gardiner to third.† Sophomore Ami Austin (Ormond Beach, Fla.) came in to pinch run for Enea.† Bruder then hit a ball that the TTU shortstop mishandled, scoring Gardiner.† Sophomore Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) singled up the middle to allow Austin to cross the plate for the final run of the inning.
The Red Raider came charging back in the third to make a game of it.† With one out, Leah Legler walked and moved to second on Elizabeth Eimenís chopper through the left side.† Megan Shupp hit a blooper to into left field to score Legler.† After a Brombacher strikeout, Holley Gentsch hit another blooper, this time to center field, to score Eimen.† Brombacher stopped any further damage by catching a liner hit right back at her.
Clinging to the one-run lead, Enea stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the same frame and hit a bomb off the scoreboard for her sixth homer of the season.† Next it was Bruderís turn, as the right fielder smoked one to left center and put the Gators up by three.
Texas Tech recorded one more run in the top of the fifth.† Shupp drew a one-out walk, which was followed by a Watkins double off the left-field wall to move Shupp to third.† Nelson came into pitch and started things off with a strikeout.† Shupp managed to score when senior catcher Kristina Hilberth attempted to pick her off and overthrew junior third baseman Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.).† Nelson struck out the final batter to end the inning.
Florida scored its final two runs in the sixth, started by freshman Alicia Sisco (Cooper City, Fla.).† Pinch hitting for classmate Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.), Sisco tallied her first career double, nailing the ball to left center.† Moultrie reentered to run and advanced to third on a Paculba single through the left side.† Moultrie came around to score when Hilberth grounded out to second, recording her second RBI of the doubleheader.† With Paculba on third, Watkins threw a wild pitch and the sophomore hustled home.† Three quick outs in the top of the seventh put the game away for the Gators.
Florida plays in the final day of the Cox Invitational on Sunday, March 1, taking on Illinois at 12:15 p.m. and USF at 2:30 p.m.