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Saturday February 27, 2010No. 3/11 Softball Scores 20 Runs in Two Wins over Northwestern State

Gainesville, Fla.

The No. 3/11 University of Florida softball team defeated Northwestern State, 15-0 and 5-0, in a doubleheader at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Saturday. Junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) went 4-for-6 on the day with two homers and six RBIs. Freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) also knocked back two bombs while going 3-for-6 with three RBIs in the two games.

 

Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) tallied two wins for the Gators (11-1, 0-0 SEC), pitching a combined seven innings.  The righty (9-1) struck out seven and allowed two hits in the doubleheader.

 

Kelee Grimes (0-2) shouldered the first loss for the Lady Demons (8-4, 0-0 Southland) as she allowed four hits and five runs. Kylie Roos (5-2) was handed the second loss as she allowed four hits and three runs in her start.

 

In the first game of the day, Brombacher struck out four and allowed one hit and two walks. Freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) pitched two innings of relief and did not allow a hit or base-on-balls.

 

Florida scored early and often, tallying three runs in the first. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) drew a walk and Schutte singled up the middle, sending Paculba hustling around the bases to reach third. With the double steal on, Schutte took off for second, allowing Paculba to slide across the plate for the Gators' first run of the game. Senior Francesca Enea's (Woodland Hills, Calif.) next swing resulted in a bomb over the center-field fence, scoring Schutte and making the score 3-0. EneaÕs home run tied her for fourth on the SECÕs career home runs list with 47.

 

Brombacher walked Roos in the second, but Ashleigh Kuhn lined out to senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.), who then threw to first, catching Roos off the bag, for the double play. Brombacher got the final batter out swinging to keep the Demons off the board.

 

In the third, the Gators came up big, scoring 11 runs, including three homers and chasing two pitchers from the game. Paculba walked again and scored on a home run by Schutte, her third of the season. Jessica English came in to pitch for the Demons. Bruder nailed a two-run shot to right, scoring freshman Alyese Stapf (Tampa, Fla.), who came in to pinch run for Enea, who had drawn a walk. Junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Brooks walked consecutively, which led to a second pitching change as Kaitlin Holloway. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) smoked a triple to center, scoring DeFelice and Brooks, setting the score at 9-0. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) then hit a single up the middle to score Moultrie. The Gators batted around and Paculba was walked for the third time, advancing Walker to second.  The freshman tagged up and moved to third on a fly ball. When Paculba took off to steal second, NSU catcher Kayla Cole threw one into the outfield, allowing Walker to score, increasing the UF lead to 11-0. Bruder hit her second home run of the inning, this time a three-run bomb as Enea reached on a free trip to first on another walk. Bruder's bomb was the third time this season a Florida player has hit two homers in one game and the first time a Gator has hit two in one inning since Megan Bush completed the feat against Arizona State on Feb. 19, 2009.

 

After continuing to keep Northwestern State off the board in the fourth, freshman Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) scored the final run of the game in the bottom of the inning. Holle drew a walk and hustled to third after classmate Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) singled up the middle for her first career hit in her first-ever at bat. Holle scored when Walker grounded out to second, finalizing the score at 15-0.

 

Gammel (1-0) started the second half of the doubleheader against the Lady Demons. The game started with a 1-2-3 first, as the righty forced all groundouts. Although Samantha Roberts reached on a throwing error by Gammel in the second, a double play returned Roberts and the subsequent batter to the dugout, erasing the mistake and keeping Northwestern State off the board.

 

The second contest remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth. Bruder singled through the right side and advanced on BrooksÕs single to left. Bruder and Brooks both advanced on a wild pitch when Moultrie was up, putting both Gators into scoring position. When faced with two outs and two strikes, Moultrie nailed a bomb to right field, her third of the season, putting Florida on top, 3-0.

 

The Gators remained in control in the fifth, scoring two more runs. Schutte let one fly over the right-field fence, her second of the day, to increase the lead to 4-0. Sophomore Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) pinch ran for Enea, who drew a walk, and stole second while Bruder was up at bat. When Bruder smoked a single that skimmed along the right-field foul line, Heil was able to cross the plate, scoring the final run of the day and giving the Gators the 5-0 victory.

 

The Gators finish the series with Northwestern State and the nine-game home stand on Sunday, Feb. 28.  Game time is set for noon (ET).  The game can be heard on WYGC-FM 105 The Game and viewed on GatorVision by visiting www.GatorZone.com.

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