Sunday March 7, 2010No. 3/10 Softball Downs UC Davis, 14-3, with Season-High Hit Total
The No. 3/10 University of Florida softball team used a season-high 16 hits, including four home runs, to defeat UC Davis, 14-3, in five innings on the final day of the DeMarini Invitational. Five Gators recorded two or more hits in the contest as all 16 active players saw action in the victory and seven starters tallied at least a single. The 16 hits tied for third-most in UF record books.
The Gators (15-2, 0-0 SEC) were led by senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) who went 3-for-4 and extended her hit streak to a career-long 11 games. The left fielder nailed a her ninth career grand slam, third of the tournament and fourth of the season, to bring her career home run total to 51, tying for second on the Southeastern Conference’s all-time list.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) recorded the win, going 3.0 innings without allowing a hit or run. The righty (12-2) struck out four and walked only one. Classmate Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) also recorded a 3-for-4 day, with two runs and an RBI.
Dana Waldusky (2-6) picked up the loss for the Aggies (7-11, 0-0 Big West), allowing eight hits, eight runs and three walks to Florida. She could not strike a Gator out in her 2.1 innings. Marissa Araujo pitched 1.2 innings of relief and gave up eight hits, six runs, two walks and struck out one.
The Gators notched a run in the first with their base running skills. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) singled up the middle to lead things off and with one down, Enea laced one through the right side as Paculba hustled to third. With the double steal on, Enea took second and Paculba slid into home for the first run of the game.
Brombacher started strong in the circle, putting together a 1-2-3 second, fanning one batter. In her first career start at first base, freshman Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) ended the inning with an excellent catch, falling to her knees in foul territory up against the fence.
The Gators put together a monster second inning, scoring eight runs on seven hits. Junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) led it off with a solo shot to left field, her fifth of the season. Holle then hit her first career home run over the fence in right center to give the Gators a 3-0 lead. Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) drew a walk, Paculba registered her second hit of the day, smoking one through the left side and sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville , Fla.) was hit to load the bases for Enea. The Aggies brought in Araujo, who gave up Enea’s third grand slam in three days.
Bruder kept things going with a single through the right side and freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) followed with her own hit to the same spot, moving Bruder to third. A wild pitch gave the Gators their eighth run of the game, as Bruder crossed the plate. Holle drove in the final run of the inning on a double to right center, scoring Schutte.
Brombacher kept things rolling in the top of the third, striking out two of the three batters she faced. The Gators went back to work, scoring four more runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) led things off with an infield single and Moultrie kept things going with a single up the middle. Enea hit a grounder to short, as fielder Elizabeth Santana got Bush on the force out at third. Bruder brought Moultrie home from second with a double to center and pinch hitter Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) followed with a two-bagger of her own to score Bruder and Enea, giving Florida a 12-0 lead.
Freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) came in to relieve Brombacher in the fourth. She gave up one hit and hit a batter in the inning, but Enea added to her outstanding performance with an outfield assist as Jessica Gonzalez was caught too far from the second-base bag after Sarah Axelson’s single to left.
Bush added to the Gators’ total in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run shot over the center-field fence. Freshman Aleyse Stapf (Tampa, Fla.) drew her first walk in the Orange and Blue to put one on for the shortstop.
In the top of the fifth, Schuppert hit another batter and gave up an infield single before Heather Zimmerman cleared the center-field fence on a three-run shot to take away the UF shutout.
The Gators return for their final game of the DeMarini Invitational at 4:30 p.m. (ET) against Loyola Marymount. Live stats will be available on www.GatorZone.com.