Wednesday May 5, 2010No. 5 Softball Shuts Out North Florida in Record-Breaking Doubleheader Wins
The No. 6/5 University of Florida softball team shut out North Florida, 22-0 and 8-0, in two five-inning games on Wednesday evening at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. The Gators (39-7, 17-4 SEC) belted seven home runs in the two games to break the school record, tallying 88 on the season. The six bombs in the first victory tied a game record and the 22 runs scored set a new one.
Freshman Brittany Schutte (Fountain Valley, Calif.) broke UF’s freshman home run record as she launched her 14th of the season in the first contest, surpassing junior Megan Bush’s (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) record set in 2008. Junior Tiffany DeFelice (Coral Springs, Fla.) went for 3-for-4 on the day in her first home appearance since returning to the lineup after a healed broken hand, adding five runs, six RBIs and two walks. The catcher hit two three-run homers in the first inning of both victories.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned the win in the first game and combined with freshman Erin Schuppert (Atlantic Beach, Fla.) for a no-hitter. The two righties teamed up for the first combined no-hitter since Amanda Knowles and Brittani Houghton shut out North Carolina on Feb. 8, 2002. Brombacher (26-5) pitched three innings and gave up two walks and struck out five before Schuppert relieved her in the fourth and finished the game with four Ks and no walks. Freshman Ensley Gammel (Bakersfield, Calif.) earned the win in a complete-game effort in the second contest. Gammel (12-2) only allowed three hits, one walk and struck out five.
North Florida's Devyn Findley tallied both losses, pitching 2.1 innings of work in the first game and giving up seven hits, 12 earned runs, six walks and striking out one. In game two, she gave up two hits, six earned run s and three walks.
Brombacher started game one off with two Ks in the first, retiring the side before the Ospreys could reach base. The Gators, however, put up five runs as every batter had a chance at the plate. Junior Aja Paculba (Wildomar, Calif.) tallied an infield single and crossed the plate when senior Francesca Enea (Woodland Hills, Calif.) hit her 18th long ball of the season, tying UF’s single-season record she set one year ago. The two-run shot was also the 59th of her career, one away from tying the Southeastern Conference’s record set by Alabama’s Kelly Kretschman. With a 2-0 lead and two outs, Bush walked and advanced when junior Kelsey Bruder (Corona, Calif.) singled to the left. DeFelice homered to increase the Gator lead to 5-0.
Schutte plated two more Gators in the second as Paculba singled to right and advanced when Enea drew a walk. Schutte smacked a hard double to left, scoring both runners and giving UF a seven-run lead.
The Gators scored an astonishing 14 runs in the third, including one grand slam and two more long balls. DeFelice and senior Corrie Brooks (Christmas, Fla.) both reached on walks and a double by sophomore Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville , Fla.) plated DeFelice. Paculba knocked both her teammates in on a single and Enea and Schutte drew walks to load the bases. Bush then hit a blooper that dropped just over second base, allowing Paculba to score. Bruder hit her second career grand slam down the right-field line upping the Gator lead to 15. DeFelice and Brooks drew consecutive walks and came home when freshman pinch hitter Kelsey Horton (Valrico, Fla.) hit her fourth homer, increasing the shutout to 18-0. Moultrie walked and Paculba doubled down the left-field line to set up another three-run long ball, this time to set the record for Schutte.
Brooks secured the 22nd run for the Gators by sending a homer over the left-center fence in the fourth. Her long ball broke the school’s home run record, set last season at 86, also then the SEC record, and completed the “home run cycle” for the game, as the Gators hit a solo, two-run, three-run and a grand slam home runs in the game. Brooks’s jack also brought the team total to six in the game, which tied the school's single-game record set earlier this season against Campbell on Feb. 19.
The Gators did not let up in the second game, coming out strong in the first by scoring six runs. Moultrie walked, capping her career-high 10 game hit streak, and Paculba and Enea were both hit by pitches to load the bases. Bush earned a walk to plate Moultrie, followed by a ground out by Bruder to score Paculba. DeFelice then hit her second home run of the day, her eighth of the season. Brooks added a sixth run when she was walked and crossed the plate on a double by Horton.
After a scoreless second inning for both teams, the Gators added two more runs and increased their lead to 8-0. DeFelice singled to center and advanced to third on a double to left by Brooks. Horton smacked a double past the diving center fielder Ariana Godwin, allowing both her teammates to score the final runs of the game. Gammel got two of the last three batters swinging to end the game and secure the two shutouts for the Gators.
Florida returns to action on May 8-9 when it hosts South Carolina for a three-game series in the final SEC matchup of the regular season. Saturday’s doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. (ET) and Sunday’s game will start at noon. All three games will be aired on WYGC-FM 105 The Game (104.9) and www.GatorVision.tv. The third game of the series will broadcast live on Sun Sports and will honor Florida’s two seniors, Brooks and Enea, before the game.