Friday February 19, 2010No. 3/9 Softball Blanks Campbell, 7-0, While Setting Single-Game Home Run Record
The No. 3/9 University of Florida softball team set a school record with six home runs as the Gators (5-1, 0-0 SEC) blanked the Campbell Camels, 7-0. Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) had lead-off home runs in consecutive innings as six of UF’s seven runs came on solo shots from five different Gators.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned her fourth win of the season by pitching five innings and striking out a season-high 11 batters and did not allow a run. She allowed only two hits and two walked in the outing.
Campbell pitcher Christina Melton shouldered the loss for the Camels (1-4-1, 0-0 A-Sun), pitching 5.1 innings, allowing 11 Gators hits, striking out one and walking two.
Brombacher began the game by retiring the Camobell side. In the second inning, the Gators got on the board, sparked by a double by senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.). Bush attempted a sacrifice bunt but was able to make it to first on a fielding error by Melton while Brooks advanced to third. A double steal scored the Gators’ first run of the game.
Brombacher took to the circle in the second, and although she allowed two base runners due to a walk and a single, she was able to strike out all three outs. The righty continued to dominate in the third, striking out another two Campbell batters and the other was retired on a ground out.
When Bush was faced with a full count as the lead-off batter in the fourth, she responded by hitting her 30th career home run and the first of 2010. She is now in sole position of fourth place in Florida's record books for career bombs. With one-down, sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville , Fla.) hit a homer to right, the third home run of her career and giving the Gators a 3-0 lead.
Brombacher and the defense continued to keep the Camels off the board in the bottom of the inning by catching a pop-fly and striking out two more batters, retiring the side.
The sixth proved to be record-setting as more balls landed outside Pressly Stadium than anywhere else. Bush hit another lead-off home run, making it the second time she hit two home runs in a single game. She hit two bombs in the same inning last season against Arizona State on Feb.19. Sophomore Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) followed with a blast to left, breaking the record for the most home runs hit at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium (5) as the catcher recorded her third long ball of the season in two games. It also marked the first time the Gators had back-to-back home runs since the 9-1 win over against Alabama on March 28, 2009.
Freshman Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) was brought in to pinch hit in the nine spot and nailed one over the left-field fence as her first career hit, making the score 6-0. She was the second freshman this season to record a homer as the first career hit in the Orange and Blue as classmate Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) did so in the 4-3 win over East Carolina on Feb. 13.
Freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) was brought in in the bottom on the sixth and proved her skill by striking out two to preserve the shutout.
The seventh began with the third lead-off home run of the night as junior Kelsey Bruder dropped a bomb to right center field, breaking the Florida record for most home runs in a game with six, breaking the record set on March 8, 2003 at Kentucky when the Gators hit five.
Schuppert finished out the game by retiring the side, including striking out two with the final batter swinging.