Friday March 5, 2010No. 3/10 Softball Records the Program's 600th Win in 12-3 Victory Over Pacific
The No. 3/10 University of Florida softball team earned the program’s 600th victory with a five-inning, 12-3 victory over Pacific in its first game of the DeMarini Invitational on Friday morning.
The Gators (13-1, 0-0 SEC) are in their 14th year as a varsity sport and have racked up 600 wins and 305 losses. They tallied nine hits, including three home runs in the win over the Tigers.
Senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) extended her hit streak to a team-leading eight games with her seventh career grand slam in the eight-run third inning. Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) earned her second win of the season, striking out two Tigers. She walked two and allowed seven hits.
Nikki Armagost (1-2) tallied the loss for the Tigers (4-7), giving up eight hits, nine runs, including eight earned and three walks. She struck out four Gators.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead, tallying two runs in the top of the first off two doubles. Lindsey Pierce drew a walk to start the game, moved to second a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She crossed the plate for the first run of the game when Kellee Wilson smoked a double down the left-field line. Karie Wilson then nailed a double to center to drive Kellee in and give the Tigers the 2-0 lead.
The Gators fired right back, tying the score in the bottom of the inning. Junior Aja Paculab (Wildomar, Calif.) led off for Florida with single to right field. Freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) launched one over the right-field fence for her fifth homer of the season, tying the game at two apiece.
Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led off the second with a solo shot over the center-field fence, giving the Gators their 30th home run of the season. Paculba added one run more after she drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third when catcher Amy Moore threw the ball into the outfield. Schutte walked to put runners at the corners. With two down, the freshman got caught in a rundown trying to take second as Paculba stole home to give the Gators a 4-2 lead.
Pacific cut the lead to one in the top of the third as Kellee Wilson recorded her second RBI double of the day. Megan Hom knocked a roller back to Gammel and beat the throw to first. She moved over on a groundout back to the pitcher and scored when Wilson hit a two-bagger to center.
The Gators retaliated with eight in the third. Junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) started things off with a one-out double to left center. Senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) drew a walk and both runners both into scoring position on a wild pitch. Junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) smoked a double down the left-field line to score both teammates. With two down, sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) nailed a double to score Gammel, who had come in to run for DeFelice. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) tallied her first career double, the Gators’ fourth of the day, to score the speedy Moultrie from score for UF’s ninth run. That chased Armagost from the game as Gabby McDaniel came in to pitch. Paculba and Schutte walked to load the bases for Enea, who launched her seventh bomb of the season over the left-field wall to give the Gators the 12-3 lead.
Gammel allowed only one hit in the fourth and fifth and Brooks ended the game when Moore grounded to Brooks, who stepped on the third-base bag for the force out and throw to first baseman Bush.
The Gators return to action at 4:30 p.m. (ET) to face No. 10/12 Stanford in their second game of the game.