Florida softball sweeps Auburn


Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 12:06 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Three home runs lifted No. 1 Florida over Auburn in Wednesday’s doubleheader, winning 2-0 and 7-1.

Francesca Enea hit a grand slam in game two to lead the Gators (36-3, 15-1 SEC), as Stacey Nelson picked up her 20th win, taking two from the Tigers (25-12, 5-6 SEC).

In game one, Nelson (19-3) recorded nine strikeouts and did not allow a walk in her 11th shutout of the season.

Nelson began the game retiring the first 10 batters she faced. In the first inning, she threw just five pitches to the Tigers.

Ali Gardiner put the Gators on the scoreboard in the top of the third with a two-run shot over the left-field wall. Kelsey Bruder hit a single down the right-field line with two outs. Gardiner drove her in, clearing the 12-foot wall for her fourth home run of the season.

Pinch hitter Michelle Moultrie added to the Gator lead in the top of the seventh with a bomb over the center-field fence.

Nelson ended the game the same way she started it, retiring the final six batters, three on strikeouts.

Game two began as a pitching duel between Stephanie Brombacher and Jenee Loree. The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning when Megan Bush nailed a two-out double to center field. Corrie Brooks came around to score after hitting a double of her own, giving UF a 1-0 lead.

Lindsey Harrelson tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off home run to left field.

Enea’s grand slam in the fifth inning pushed UF ahead to stay, 5-1. The Gators added two runs in the sixth to make it 7-1.

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