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Wednesday April 15, 2009Brombacher Strikes Out 10 in No. 1 Softball's 3-0 Win Over UCF

Gainesville, Fla.

No. 1/1 University of Florida shut out UCF, 3-0, on Wednesday evening at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Freshman Alicia Sisco (Cooper City, Fla.) turned in a perfect 2-for-2 performance with an RBI to lead the way for the Gators (43-3, 20-1 SEC).

Sophomore Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had 10 strikeouts on the day, marking her second straight victory with 10 or more strikeouts. The righty remained undefeated, picking up her 18th win of the season, brining her career record to 38-0.  Magon Paul (2-8) took the loss for the Knights (21-23, 6-9 C-USA).

UCF threatened to score early when Vanessa Perez hit her fifth double of the season to lead off the second inning. After Perez advanced to third with two outs, Brombacher struck out her third batter of the evening to end the inning.

Brombacher was able to get herself out of another jam after struggling with her control in the third. After hitting two batters in a row, Brombacher ended the inning on a grounder back to the mound.

In the bottom half of the third, the Knights seemed to have control problems of their own. Ashleigh Cole replaced Paul after the starter hit two batters in a row. Freshman Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) put the Gators on the board first, scoring on a Cole wild pitch. Junior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) tallied another UF run with an RBI single up the middle, allowing sophomore Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) to cross the plate.

The Gators threatened to add to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as sophomore Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) stood at third.  With out down, Bush was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Moultrie.  Sisco singled through the left side to move her teammate to third. Cole forced Paculba to ground out to third to end the inning.

The Gators tallied another run in the sixth on Sisco’s RBI single. Pinch runner freshman Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) scored from second making the score 3-0.

Brombacher retired nine of 10 last batters to end the game.  She allowed only three hits in her 12th shutout and did not walk a single batter for the second straight game and for the seventh time this season. 

The Gators will travel to Baton Rouge, La., to take on the LSU Tigers in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. (ET). Saturday’s games can be seen on Cox Sports (digital channel 259). 

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