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Saturday February 13, 2010Softball Falls to Georgia Tech, 3-0

Clearwater, Fla.

No. 3/5 University of Florida fell to the No. 13/14 Georgia Tech, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  It marked the first time the Gators (1-1, 0-0 SEC) lost to the Yellow Jackets (2-0, 0-0 ACC) in the all-time series match-up.

 

Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) lost the first game of her career, after starting it 42-0.  The righty (0-1) struck out five and did not allow a walk in the outing.  After allowing the first at bat of the game to single, she did not allow another hit until the fifth inning.

 

Senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) led the way for the Gators, going 2-for-3 in the game.  Florid recorded five hits and left eight runners on base.  Hope Rush (1-0) earned the win for Georgia Tech, striking out seven, walking four and nailing a two-run homer in the sixth. 

 

As the visitors, Enea started the hitting off for the Orange and Blue with a two-out single in the top of the first.  Junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) drew a walk, but freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) fouled out to left field to end the inning. 

 

In the bottom of the first, Christy Jones singled on a dribbler back to the mound and just beat Brombacherís throw to first.  She stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch.  Brombacher got the next two batters on strikeouts, stranding Jones at the corner.

 

In the second, senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) hit a one-out single to left, which was followed by junior Megan Bushís (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) single to center.  Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) smoked one back to Rush, who tried to get Brooks at third, but was unsuccessful.  With bases loaded, junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) lined out Rush, who picked off Brooks at third to end the inning and quell the Gatorsí scoring opportunity.

 

After a 1-2-3 bottom of the second, the Gators got another chance to score in the third.  Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) drew a lead-off walk and used her speed to swipe second.  Enea singled to short and beat the throw to bag as Moultrie moved up to third.  With one down after a Rush K, Schutte walked to load the bases.  Rush got herself out of the jam by striking out junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) and forcing Brooks to ground out to third.

 

The Yellow Jackets got on the board in the fifth.  After Brombacher struck out the first batter, Jessica Sinclair doubled to center.  After Caitlin Jordan popped up by the second-base bag, which Paculba ranged over to snag, Kate Kuzma hit a triple to center to score Sinclair.  Brombacher got pinch hitter Danielle Dike swinging to end the inning. 

 

After the Gators went down in order in the top of the sixth, the Rambiní Wreck added two more in the bottom of the inning on a two-run shot by Rush.  Jen Yee was on third at time after hitting a triple to right. 

 

Florida opens at home on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. against Jacksonville at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.  The Gators will sign autographs after the game. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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