Saturday April 3, 2010No. 6 Softball Hands No. 12 LSU First SEC Losses in Doubleheader Sweep in Front of Record Crowd
The No. 6/9 University of Florida softball team defeated No. 12/12 LSU, 4-1 and 2-1, in front of 2,433 fans, the largest crowd ever at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.† Senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) continued her clutch hitting, launching the walk-off home run in the second game.†
Florida fans came out in droves to see the Gators (26-4, 8-2 SEC) snap the Tigersí (29-6, 8-2 SEC) 24-game winning streak while handing them their first conference losses.† The total attendance broke the mark set during the 2009 doubleheader against Alabama on March 28 when 2,423 fans packed Pressly Stadium.†
Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for UF, going 3-for-5 on the day, while senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) each tallied two RBIs.† Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) recorded a hit in each game to extend to hitting streak to 10 games, tying a career long.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (19-4) earned the win in the first game, allowing only five hits, one run and three walks, while striking out six in the complete-game effort.† In the second game, freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) improved her record to 6-0, pitching a two-hit, complete game, giving up one unearned run, one walk and striking out three.†
The Gators handed two LSU pitchers their first losses of the season as Kirsten Shortridge (3-1) picked up the loss in the first contest, pitching one inning, allowing four hits, three runs, one walk.† Cody Trahan (8-1) pitched 6.1 innings, allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out four.†
In game number one, after a 1-2-3 first in which Brombacher struck out one, the Gators got on the board immediately, tallying two runs on three hits.† Paculba led off with a single to center and Moultrie followed with a single of her own through the left side.† Enea grounded one back to Shortridge, who threw to third to get the lead runner, but Bruder brought Moultrie home from second with a hard-hit single past the diving third baseman.† Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) tallied her fifth sacrifice fly of the season to score Enea, who had advanced to third on Bruderís hit, giving the Gators a 2-0 lead.†
Brombacher continued to roll in the second, striking out three of the four batters she faced and her teammates racked up two more runs in the bottom of the inning.† Freshman Brittany Walker (Tomball, Texas) started things off with a single to right, which chased Shortridge from the game and brought in Rachele Fico, who struck out freshman Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) looking but walked Paculba.† With two down, Enea doubled to deep center, scoring Walker and Paculba to give the Gators a four-run advantage.†
LSU registered its first hit of the game in the top of the fourth when Rachel Mitchell doubled to center.† Anissa Young was hit by a pitch and Jackie Victoriano came in to pinch run, putting runners on first and second.† Ashley Langoni walked to load the bases, but the Gators defense kept the Tigers off the board, as Juliana Santos flied to center and Victoriano was caught between second and third.† Moultrie fired to Paculba, covering second to get the runner and end the inning.† The centerfielder has recorded three outfield assists in the past two games.
The Tigers got a run in the sixth when Langoni launched a solo home run over the center-field fence with one out.† Brombacher allowed a single in the top of the seventh, but shut the rest of the Tigers down and ended the game on a swinging K.
In the second contest, the Tigers scored the first run when Jessica Mouse reached on a fielderís choice and advanced to second on a single by Shortridge.† Ashley Applegate grounded out, moving her teammate to third and an error by shortstop Bush plated Mouse.†
More Gator defense was on display in the fourth when Langoni reached on catcherís interference.† Allison Falcon laid down a sacrifice bunt and Langoni rounded the second-base bag and headed for third.† After making the out at first, Paculba fired to Bush, who hit Brooks to tag Langoni out, clearing the bases.† Gammel finished out the inning with a swinging strikeout.†
The Gators tied the game in the sixth on three singles.† Gammel started the inning with a single smoked at the shortstop and moved to second on a Moultrie hit through the right side.† Bruder drove her teammate in on a base hit up the middle, knotting the game at one.
In the top of the seventh, Langoni singled up the middle, but was picked off to clear the bases.† Gammel forced two ground outs to bring the Gators up to bat.† With one down, Brooks launched her fourth homer in three games to give Florida the walk-off win and the doubleheader sweep.† The Gatorsí last walk-off home run was Ali Gardinerís grand slam against Alabama at the Womenís College World Series on May 31 last season.†
The Gators finish the series with the Tigers on Sunday at noon.† The game will be broadcast on WYGC-FM 105 The Game (104.9) and video streaming can be viewed at www.GatorVision.tv.† Live statistics will also be available on www.GatorZone.com.