Softball Team Posting Amazing Numbers - AGAIN

The Florida softball team set an NCAA record that may never be broken last season when they posted a 70-5 record. The reason the record is so secure is that the NCAA established a 56 game limit beginning this year making it almost impossible for a team to even play 70 games again let alone win that many.

Still that hasn't kept Tim Walton's team from racking up another amazing season with numbers that are just off-the-charts ridiculous.

Florida takes a 39-3 regular season record into a Wednesday night game with Florida State and has posted an 18-1 record in SEC play. Florida has a commanding lead over second place Alabama (10-4) in an effort to repeat as SEC Champs. Now let's appreciate some of the most remarkable numbers that jump off the Gators stat page.

Florida 287 runs, Opponents 37 ----- The Gators are averaging just under seven runs a game while opponents score just under one run an outing. Second baseman Aja Paculba (42) has score more runs than Florida's opponents and Kelsey Bruder (36) is close.

Florida 53 HR, Opponents 2 ----- The Gators are overwhelming their opponents when it comes to the long ball. Florida has excellent balance when it comes to HR power with Francesca Enea (11) holding a slight lead over Bruder and Megan Bush (10 each). Freshman Michelle Moultrie who took over centerfield for the injured Kim Waleszonia has hit as many homers as all of Florida's opponents combined.

Florida 71 SB, Opponents 12 ----- As if the power differential and runs gap weren't enough the Gators have stolen almost six times as many bases as their opponents. Once again Paculba (20) has outperformed all Gator opponents, and Moultrie (10) is not far behind.

Florida 22 shutouts, Opponents 2 ----- Two of Florida's three losses have been by 1-0 scores but those two shutout losses pale in comparison to the 22 times that Gator pitchers have kept opponents off the scoreboard. The one statistical absolute in softball is if they don't score, you don't lose. Stacey Nelson (12) and Stephanie Brombacher (10) take turns offering up dominating outings.

Florida 24 Errors, Opponents 46 ----- Finally we find something that Gator opponents can do better than the Florida team can. They can mess up. Florida committing just 24 errors in 42 games is outstanding and just over half what the other teams have committed.

16-0, 36-0 ----- Stephanie Brombacher just might be the greatest number two pitcher in the history of collegiate softball. The sophomore from American Heritage School in Plantation is unbeaten in 36 decisions. While Nelson will leave UF as the greatest pitcher in school history, Brombacher's run is one of the more remarkable things ever.

Florida has nine SEC games remaining and needs to win seven of them to wrap up another conference Championship. The Gators travel to Kentucky (7-8 SEC) this weekend and LSU (8-5-1) next before wrapping up the SEC schedule with three home games against Arkansas (9-6). The Gators are virtually certain to host a regional and should they advance a super regional. A return to the College World Series is not a guarantee, but you'd be a fool to bet against these kids… and I'm no fool.


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