Friday March 5, 2010No. 3 Softball Falls to No. 10 Stanford, 2-0
No. 3/10 Florida dropped its second game of the day to No. 10/12 Stanford, 2-0, in a tight battle as seniors Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) and Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) were the only two Gators to collect hits.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) registered her second loss of the second, both to top-15 teams, as the righty (10-2) went six innings, allowing just five hits, two walks and struck out five for the Gators (13-2, 0-0 SEC). Cardinal pitcher Tegan Gerhart (8-1) also tallied five strikeouts while Brooks and Enea tallied one hit each. Brooks also drew the only walk of the day against the Stanford righty as the Cardinal improved to 13-2 on the season.
Enea extended her hit streak to nine games in the first with a double to right center, but with two down, Gerhart was able to get the final out swinging to end the inning.
The Gator defense started the game off strong. Alissa Haber led off with an infield single to short and Ashley Hansen followed with a single to left. Brombacher got Jenna Rich swinging for the first out of the inning. With runners on first and second, Shannon Koplitz grounded out to third baseman Brooks, who stepped on the bag for the force out and threw to junior first baseman Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) to end the inning on a double play.
Brombacher put together a 1-2-3 second with two strikeouts, but Stanford broke the scoreless tie, notching a run in the bottom of the third. Brombacher hit Sarah Hassman with one down, but got the next batter to pop up. Hansen smoked one to junior second baseman Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.), who was able to stop it, but could not make a play. Rich then hit a blooper to left field to score Hassman, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead after three.
Brooks led off the fifth with a single through the right side and sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) moved her over her team-leading fifth sac bunt of the season. After freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) was forced out on a hard-hit grounder to short, Paculba battled with Gerhart for 11 pitches, but the Stanford pitcher ultimately won, getting the UF second baseman to pop out to her counterpart to end the inning and keep the threatening Gators off the board.
The Cardinal added one to its lead in the fifth on a solo home run by Rich, setting the final score at 2-0.
The Gators play two games on Saturday at the DeMarini Invitational as they take on tournament host Cal State Fullerton at 4:30 p.m. (ET) and Loyola Marymount at 9 p.m. (ET). Live stats can be viewed on Gametracker by logging onto www.GatorZone.com.