Sunday February 14, 2010No. 3/5 Softball Finishes USF Tournament with 7-2 Win over Long Island
Fueled by senior Francesca Enea’s (Woodland Hills, Calif.) grand slam, the No. 3/5 University of Florida softball team came from behind to defeat Long Island, 7-2, in the final game of the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) got the win for Florida (3-1, 0-0 SEC) after entering the tie game in the sixth inning. It marked the second win for the righty (2-1) on the day as she walked one and struck out three without giving up a hit in her 1.1 innings of work. Freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) put in the majority of work, pitching in the circle for 5.0 innings. She allowed four hits, two hits and struck out one without allowing a run to cross the plate.
Sarah Reynolds (0-1) picked up the loss for the Blackbirds (2-2). Megan Sheaf pitched 5.0 innings for LIU, giving up three hits, two runs and four walks. Reynolds finished the game, allowing four hits, five runs, four earned, a walk and striking out two.
Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) started the game for the Gators and after a 1-2-3 top of the first for UF, she started with a lead-off walk to Bianca Mejia. Mariesha Marker grounded out to advance the runner. Gammel got the next batter to fly out, but allowed a two-out walk to Sterling Hoham. Emily Kakuska singled up the middle to score Mejia from second. Head coach Tim Walton brought in Schuppert to relief Gammel, but she immediately gave up a single to left to Chelsea Martinson, scoring Hoham. Enea threw out Kakuska at the plate to end the inning.
Schuppert got herself out of a jam in third as Marker singled up the middle to lead off the inning and moved to second on a passed ball. Brynn Lewis then drew a walk and both runners moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. After allowing the first two runners on, Schuppert got the next three batters out as Hoham grounded out to third, Kakuska popped up to short and Amanda MacIntosh drove one back to the pitcher, which Schuppert fielded and threw to first for the final out.
Down 2-0, senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) cut the lead to one on a solo shot to center field for her first homer of season.
Freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) tied the game at two in the sixth on a center-field home run on a 3-0 count. The bomb was the second of her young UF career. The Blackbirds brought in Reynolds, who did not allow another Gator run to cross the plate in the inning.
Schuppert got the first two outs in the sixth inning before Walton went to his ace, Brombacher. She ended the inning when Mejia went down swinging. The Gators broke the tie in the top of the seventh as junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) nailed a single off the third baseman’s glove into left field. Sophomore Laure Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) came in to pinch run and classmate Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) moved her over on a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) reached on a fielding error by Reynolds, putting runners at the corners. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) doubled to center to score Heil and give the Gators their first lead of the game. Schutte walked to load the bases for Enea, who unleashed her sixth career grand slam over the left-field fence.
Brombacher closed out the game getting two of her three outs on swinging strikeouts.
Enea led the Gators in the tournament going 6-for-13 with 10 RBIs and three home runs. Junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) went 5-for-12 with a double and a home run while senior Brooks went 5-for-12, also with a double and a home run. Schutte had a team-high six runs scored. Thirteen of the Gators’ 23 runs in the tournament were scored off home runs, as they notched seven in the four games.
Florida opens at home on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. against Jacksonville at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The team will sign autographs after the game.