Gators Force Another Game

The Florida softball team continues its attempt at making history after handling Texas A&M, 6-1, on Sunday at the Women's College World Series. The two teams face each other again later today with the winner advancing to the championship series tomorrow.

Sophomore left fielder Francesca Enea ripped two home runs, knocked in three runs and scored three runs to lead the Gator hitting attack. The six runs doubled the six total runs Florida scored through the first three games of the tournament.

Enea lead off the second inning with a solo shot that put the Gators ahead, 1-0. But the Aggies answered in the bottom half of the second with a run of their own. Gator pitcher Stacey Nelson struggled with her control walking three batters with a single mixed in. A bases loaded free pass to Rhiannon Kliesing knotted the score.

Nelson had to pitch her way out of another jam in the third. She walked the lead off hitter and then allowed a one-out single to left. Then, Nelson tried to pick off the runner at second, but misfired allowing both runners to advance to second and third with still one out. Nelson got the next batter to ground out sharply to first and then finished off the Aggie threat with a strikeout.

The Gators opened it up in the top if the fourth. Ali Gardiner laced a one-out double. Enea then popped up to the second, but it was dropped by A&M second baseman Natalie Villarreal, allowing pitch runner Danyell Hines to score and Enea to advance to second. Mary Ratliff then doubled scoring Enea and giving the Gators a 3-1 lead. Corrie Brooks followed with a single, scoring Ratliff.

With Nelson struggling with control and a 4-1 lead, head coach Tim Walton lifted Nelson for the first time in the WCWS. Stephanie Brombacher came in to pitch in the bottom of the fourth. Brombacher stifled the Aggie hitters. She didn't allow a hit and retired the last 10 Aggies.

The Gators tacked on two more runs in the seventh when Gardiner led off the inning with a single and Enea hit her second home run, extending the Gator lead to 6-1.

With the win, Florida improves to a record 70-4 while the Aggies fall to 56-8. The two teams face each other Sunday night at 7 p.m. for the right to play for the National Championship.

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