Saturday March 6, 2010No. 3/10 Softball Defeats Cal State Fullerton, 12-0, in Five Innings
The No. 3/10 University of Florida softball team won its first game of the second day of the DeMarini Invitational on Saturday afternoon, downing host Cal State Fullerton, 12-0, in five innings. The Gators were led by senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who went 2-for-3 with two home runs, including a grand slam, and five RBIs.
The Gators (14-2, 0-0 SEC) recorded nine of their 12 runs with two outs while Enea hit her second grand slam of the tournament and extended her hit streak to a career-long 10 games. She has belted 50 career homers, good for third all-time in the SEC record books.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) recorded the win, pitching 4.0 innings, allowing just one hit. The righty (11-2) struck out four and walked three in her second outing of the tournament. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville , Fla.) also put up excellent numbers, going 3-for-3 on the day with three runs, a walk and an RBI.
Katey Laben (1-3) shouldered the loss for the Titans (3-16, 0-0 WAC) as she allowed eight Gator hits, 11 runs, nine walks and struck out one.
It didn’t take long for the Gators to get on the board, scoring two in the first with two outs. Enea and junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) walked and freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) singled to right field to load the bases for junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.), who smoked a grounder to shortstop Chloe Valenzuela. Valenzuela tried to flip to third to get Bruder, but was too late and Enea crossed the plate for the first run of the game. Senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) earned an RBI by drawing a walk off Laben to bring Bruder home, giving the Gators a 2-0 lead.
After Brombacher strung together a 1-2-3 first, complete with two looking Ks, the Gators were back at it, adding two more two-out runs to increase the UF lead to 4-0. Moultrie walked to put a runner on for Enea, who launched her eighth bomb of the year, second of the weekend.
Brombacher got herself out of a jam in the bottom of the inning with some help from her defense. With one down, Kadie Baldwin singled to right and Ariel Tsuchuyama walked to put runners on first and second. Sheila Holgium nailed a grounder to the left of second-base bag, for which freshman shortstop Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) made a diving stop and flipped to junior second baseman Aja Paculba for the second out. Brombacher hit Valenzuela to load the bases, but forced Ashley Carter to line out to third baseman Brooks to end the scoring threat.
Florida added five in the third, mostly off the bat of Enea and again, all with two outs. Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) walked, Walker hit a bloop single to left and Paculba walked to load the bases. Moultrie singled through the right side to score Bush and keep the bags full. Enea hit her eighth career grand slam, third this season, over the center-field fence to give the Gators a 9-0 advantage. The senior also became the fourth Gator to hit two home runs in the same game, as DeFelice, Bush and Bruder have also completed the feat in 2010.
The Gators scored three more runs in the fifth to give them the 12-0 final. Freshman Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) came in to pinch hit and drew a walk. Paculba singled to right, which brought Ari Cervantes in to pitch. Moultrie recorded her third hit of the day on a hard-hit single up the middle to load the bases. After Walker, who reentered to run for Horton, was forced out at the plate on an Enea grounder, Bruder tallied an RBI on a ground out to short, scoring Paculba. Schutte nailed one to short, which got past Valenzuela, scoring Moultrie and Enea for the Gators’ 11th and 12th runs.
Freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) came in to pitch the fifth inning and allowed a one-out double to left field, but forced a groundout struck out the final batter in the Gators’ sixth shutout of the season.
Florida returns to action for its second game of the day at 9 p.m. (ET) when it plays Loyola Marymount. Live stats will be available on www.GatorZone.com.