UF Softball: No. 5 Gators sweep pair on road from Bulldogs
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 12:03 a.m.
STARKVILLE, Miss. — The No. 5 Florida Gators swept Mississippi State, 8-0 and 9-1, in two five-inning games on a rainy Saturday afternoon at MSU Softball field. Three Gators tallied home runs to bring the team's total to 81 on the season, five away from the school and Southeastern Conference record it set last year.
Junior Stephanie Brombacher earned the win in the first game, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out four. The righty (25-5) tallied her seventh shutout of the season in her 14th complete game. Freshman Enlsey Gammel recorded the win in game two, allowing only two hits, walking three, and tied a career high with nine strikeouts. Gammel (11-2) retired eight consecutive batters from the second to the fourth inning.
Sophomore Michelle Moultrie (recorded a hit in each game, as the center fielder has tallied a hit in 19 of the last 22 games and extended her hit streak to a career long nine games. Freshman Brittany Schutte launched one of the three Gator homers, tying the UF freshman record with 13 set by junior Megan Bush in 2008.
The Gators (36-7, 16-4 SEC) got on the board immediately, scoring a run in the first.
Senior Francesca Enea drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on a full-count single to right by Schutte. Bush doubled to center to score Enea and put the Gators up 1-0.
Florida added two more in the second as junior Tiffany DeFelice stepped to the plate for the first time in 14 games as she returned from a hand injury. The catcher drew a walk and senior Corrie Brooks followed with a low liner back at Flesher, who could not field the ball cleanly, but tried to get the third baseman at first anyway. She overthrew the bag, allowing the hustling DeFelice to score from first and Brooks to reach third on an infield single and throwing error. Freshman Brittany Walker tallied the Gators' second run with a sacrifice fly to right, playing Brooks.
After a 44-minute rain delay, Brombacher returned to the circle and retired the Bulldogs in order, including striking out one. Moultrie made the first out by catching Courtney Nesbit's long fly ball as she crashed into the center-field wall to rob the MSU player of an extra-base hit.
The Gators added three more in the fourth to increase their lead to 6-0.
Brooks drew a one-out walk and moved up to second when Walker slapped one between the plate and circle and was too fast for catcher Chelsea Bramlett to throw her out at first. With runners on first and second, Moultrie smacked one to right center, scoring Brooks and moving Walker to third. The center fielder has now tallied a hit in 18 of the last 21 games. Enea drove in two more UF runs with a smoked single through the right side, scoring both baserunners.
UF topped off its scoring in the fifth with two more as Schutte led off with a solo shot to left, tying Florida's freshman record with 13 bombs on the year. Bush, who set the rookie record, drew a four-pitch walk and sophomore Lauren Heil came in to pinch run.
Junior Kelsey Bruder doubled to left center, scoring Heil, but was caught trying to steal third. DeFelice tallied the Gators' 10th hit of the game with a double to center before the end of the inning.
The Gators used back-to-back sacrifice flies to score their two runs to start off the second game. Moultrie led off with a double to shallow right field and junior Aja Paculba followed with a four-pitch walk. Enea was hit by a full-count pitch to load the bases for Schutte, who tallowing Paculba and Enea to move to second and third. Bush launched one to deep center field and fielder Brittany Gates made a leaping catch at the wall, but Paculba tagged up to give Bush her conference-leading sixth sacrifice fly of the season and UF a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs (26-25, 7-16 SEC) threatened in the bottom of the inning, but Gammel was able to keep them off the board with three strikeouts.
MSU cut the Florida lead in half in the second as Bramlett tallied an RBI on a groundout.
It didn't take long for the Gators to increase their lead, scoring two in the third. With one out, Bush belted her 12th home run of the season to left center, putting UF back up by two.