Florida softball routs Alabama at WCWS to force another game

Brittany Schutte
Brittany Schutte

Florida's Brittany Schutte, second from right, is greeted at the plate by teammates following a grand slam against Alabama in the first inning of a Women's College World Series softball game in Oklahoma City on Sunday. (The Associated Press)

Published: Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Fourth-seeded Florida scored a Women's College World Series record 11 runs in the first inning Sunday en route to a 16-2 win over second-seeded Alabama and force another semifinal game tonight.

The Gators (55-11) hit for the cycle of sorts in home runs: a solo shot by Michelle Moultrie, a two-run shot by Ensley Gammel, a three-run blast by Cheyenne Coyle and a grand slam by Brittany Schutte to hand Alabama (53-10) its worst defeat in program history.

The same two teams will meet again at about 7 tonight (ESPN2) with the winner advancing to the championship series Monday against top-seeded Arizona State-Baylor winner.

UF took advantage of Alabama's pitching in the first inning to support the pitching of Stephanie Brombacher, who tossed a five-inning three hits.

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