Sunday February 28, 2010No. 3/11 Softball Sweeps Northwestern State with 10-1 Win
The No. 3/11 University of Florida softball team won the final game of the three-game series against Northwestern State, 10-1, on Sunday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) went 5-for-8 (.625) on the weekend with a double, a triple, a home run and six RBIs. Junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) also went 5-for-8 on the series with four runs, two homers, six RBIs and 11 total bases.
The Gators (12-1, 0-0 SEC) tallied eight home runs from six different players as they swept the series, scoring 30 combined runs. Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned all three wins while striking out 13 and only allowing three walks and one run on the weekend. In the final game, Brombacher (10-1) pitched all five innings while striking out six and not allowing a walk.
Kylie Roos (5-3) shouldered the loss for the Lady Demons (8-5, 0-0 Southern) on Sunday, giving up six runs and five hits to Florida.
The Gators put four runs on the board to start the game. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) drew a walk on a full count and stole to second to put herself in scoring position. Senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) smoked a single to left, sending Paculba hustling home to score the first run. Bruder earned a free pass to first, advancing Enea. Both runners moved up on a ground out by senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.). Then junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) dropped a bomb over the center-field fence, her fourth of the season, to set the score at 4-0.
Northwestern State was able to score its first run of the series in the second. Roos singled to center and after Brombacher struck out one swinging, the next three batters consecutively singled to load the bases for Stormi Stech. She singled to center field to score Roos and put the Lady Demons on the board for the first time in the series. With the bases loaded once again and two outs, Brombacher forced Randi Stuard to fly out to end the inning and the NSU scoring threat.
Florida answered in the bottom of the second when Paculba hit a two-run homer. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) smoked a single to right field and scored when Paculba nailed her first home run of the season, putting the Gators up 6-1.
The Gators chased Roos from the game in the third and as she was replaced by Brooke Boening. The inning saw three Gators cross home plate, aided by a two-RBI double by junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.). Brooks singled off the center-field wall and advanced when DeFelice drew a walk. Bush's two-bagger brought home both runners to increase the Gator lead to 8-1. Moultrie followed with another double to center field, allowing Bush to score.
The Gators closed out the game by scoring one final run in the fourth. Bruder smoked a single through the right side and was replaced by sophomore pinch runner Lauren Heil (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). Brooks was hit by a pitch. Freshman Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) pinch hit for DeFelice and singled up the middle to move up both runners. The Lady Demons made yet another pitching change by bringing in Kelee Grimes. Bush reached base on a fielder's choice, which scored Heil as the final run of the game, giving the Gators the 10-1 victory.
The Gators head to California on March 5 for the five-game DeMarini Tournament in Fullerton. Florida takes on Pacific at noon (ET) and No. 10/12 Stanford at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday. On Saturday they face Cal State Fullerton and Loyola Marymount at 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (ET), respectively, and finish up with UC Davis on Sunday on noon (ET). All games can be viewed on Gametracker by logging on to www.GatorZone.com.