Sunday April 11, 2010No. 4 Softball Sweeps Arkansas; Paculba Breaks Florida's Run Record
The No. 4/5 University of Florida softball team finished off the sweep of Arkansas with a 6-1 victory on Sunday afternoon led by a four-home run six inning at Bogle Park. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) broke the school’s runs scored record as she tallied two to total 167 in her career.
Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) recorded the win for the Gators’ (30-4, 12-2 SEC) 30th victory of the season as the righty (9-0) came in in relief and pitched 2.1 innings, allowed only one hit, did not give up any runs and struck out three. Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) started for UF, went 4.1 innings, allowed three hits, one run, three walks and struck out four.
In a tie game in the sixth, Paculba smashed the first of four homers for the Gators to extend her hit streak to a career-long 14 games, which is the second longest in UF history. Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) led the way for the Gators against the Razorbacks (24-16, 8-6 SEC), going 3-for-4 with a home run.
The Gators have swept the last three series with the Hogs as they improved their all-time record against Arkansas to 29-10.
Hope McLemore (12-7) shouldered the loss for Arkansas, giving up seven hits, six runs, five earned, one walk and struck out five in 5.2 innings.
The Gators struck first, tallying one run in the first as Paculba tied Kim Waleszonia’s (2006-09) record with 166 career runs scored. After reaching first on an error by the first baseman, the second baseman moved up one on a bunt single by Moultrie. With two down, freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) drove her teammate in with a single to right field as Paculba hustled from the second-base bag to give Florida a 1-0 lead.
Brombacher retired nine of the first 11 batters she faced through the first three innings, striking out three. The Razorbacks threatened in the fourth, but the righty kept them off the board. Sandra Smith reached second on a Gator error, but Brombacher struck clean-up hitter Miranda Dixon out on three pitches for the first out. Breault tallied a single on a high pop up that UF infielders lost in the sun, but Moultrie made a hustling, lunging catch to rob Emily Jones of a hit for the second out. Leslie Dixon walked to load the bases, but Brombacher got pinch hitter Stephanie Brewer to fly out to end the inning and keep the Gators ahead.
Arkansas tied the game at one in the fifth as Tori Mort led off with a double. After catcher Schutte dove to catch a bunt attempt, Gammel came in to replace Brombacher with one down. Smith answered with a single to center, scoring Mort to tie the game. Gammel forced two ground outs to end the inning.
Four home runs in the sixth put the Gators right back on top, 6-1. Paculba led off with a solo shot to left, breaking Florida’s all-time runs record, as she crossed the plate with the 167th of her career and extending her hit streak to 14 games. Moultrie followed with a homer of her own, marking the second time in two days the Gators recorded back-to-back shots. With two down, Schutte launched one to center, her 11th of the season, putting her in sole possession of second place in Florida freshmen record books for single-season home runs. Junior Megan Bush (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) kept things going with a single through the left side and senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) belted the final homer of the inning to drive in two more and give the Gators a 6-1 lead. The four bombs chased McLemore from the game and brought in Layne McGuirt, who got Gammel to fly out at the left-field wall to end the inning.
The Gators kept the Hogs off the board in the bottom of the inning, setting them down 1-2-3 as Gammel recorded a K and Walker and Brooks caught line drives. The freshman pitcher ended the game on two swinging Ks to tally her ninth win of the season.
The Gators return to action on Wednesday, April 14 when they take on No. 19/16 Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. The instate rivals will play a doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. (ET). The first game will be televised on Sun Sports and both games will be broadcast on WYGC-FM 105 The Game (104.9). Live Stats will also be available on www.GatorZone.com.