Sunday April 4, 2010No. 6 Softball Sweeps No. 12 LSU with 7-1 Win
The No. 6/9 University of Florida softball team defeated No. 12/12 LSU, 7-1, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Gators (27-4, 9-2 SEC) have now swept the series in the last three seasons.
Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) collected the seventh win of her career, pitching four innings, striking out four, giving up three hits and allowing one unearned run. The righty (7-0) started the game as the designated player, going 2-for-2 with one RBI at the plate.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) started the game and pitched 2.1 perfect innings. The righty struck out four and allowed one hit in three innings of work. Rachele Fico (11-3) allowed six earned runs on seven hits, striking out five over 4.2 innings and took the loss for the Tigers (29-6, 8-3 SEC).
The two pitchers combined to allow only one earned run over the three-game series. Gammel went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI in two games, while sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the team in the batter’s box, going 4-for-8 with an RBI and a walk. Senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) collected a team-high three RBIs while junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) extended her hit to a career-long 11 games, tallying four on the weekend.
Brombacher started the game on the right foot, striking out two of the three batters she faced. The Gators threatened in the first, loading the bases and chasing starter Brittany Mack from the game. Paculba and Moultrie led off with walks and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Enea. When Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Cailf.) took a pitch in the shoulder to load the bases, Mack was replaced by Fico. A sharp liner by freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) almost broke the game open, but LSU first baseman Anissa Young snagged the ball out of the air and touched first to complete an unassisted double play and get LSU out of the inning.
Florida tallied the first run of the game in the second. Senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) walked and Gammel advanced her teammate on a sac bunt. Freshman Samantha Holle (Tampa, Fla.) hit a single through the left side and stole second to put two runners in scoring position for Paculba. The junior All-American singled to left, giving the Gators a 1-0 lead as Brooks crossed the plate. On the play, however, Tigers left fielder Ashley Langoni threw to third baseman Jessica Mouse, who tagged the Holle rounding the bag to end the inning.
In the third, LSU’s Morgan Russell tallied the first hit off Brombacher with a double to center. Mouse was hit to put runners on first and second. With one down, Brombacher settled in and got Kirsten Shortridge swinging for the second time and Ashley Applegate to ground out to third to end the inning.
In the bottom of the inning, with Enea on first after being clipped on the elbow, Schutte increased Florida’s lead to 3-0 with her ninth homer of the season.
Gammel came in to relieve Brombacher to start the fourth. Leading off the inning, Longoni singled up the middle and Mitchell hit a blooper into left to reach base. The next batter for the Tigers grounded into a 463 double play, advancing Langoni to third. Price put a ball in play and an error by shortstop Bush allowed the Tigers to get on the scoreboard. Gammel then blew one past Hollier to get out of the inning.
LSU went down in order in the sixth and Florida would put the game out of reach by scoring four runs on six hits. Bush led off with a double to center and Brooks followed with a single to left, advancing Bush to third. Gammel also singled, plating Bush. Holle advanced her teammates with a sac bunt and Paculba knocked in Brooks on a ball hit to shallow center. Moultrie followed with a base hit smoked up the middle, bringing in Gammel and moving Paculba to second. The final run came when Enea hit a double to left, tallying the 199th RBI of her career.
Gammel retired the Tigers’ 6-7-8 hitters to end the game, picking up the win and helping the Gators complete the sweep.
Florida will return to action on April 10-11 in Fayetteville, Ark., when the Gators take on the Razorbacks in a three-game series, beginning with a doubleheader on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET). All three games will be broadcast live on WYGC-FM 105 The Game (104.9) and can be viewed on www.GatorVision.tv.