Softball Achieves Another Goal

Like most, if not all, teams the Gator Softball squad made its list of goals for the 2009 season and achieved another one on Thursday night. Florida's 3-0 win over Arizona gave the Gators a game one win at the College World Series, something they did not do last year.

The 2008 team fell to Louisiana Lafayette 3-2 at last year's CWS and fell into the loser's bracket. Even though they bounced back with three wins they were not able to beat Texas A&M twice and failed to reach the finals.

Senior Stacey Nelson has never been better than she was last night dominating a powerful Arizona team, striking out 12 while allowing just a pair of soft first inning singles. She picked up her 40th win of the season in the process.

Francesca Enea's two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning gave Nelson the only offense she would need. It was her 18th blast of the season, setting a new school single season record. Sophomore Megan Bush added a solo shot in the second, her 15th and all that was left was to watch Nelson dominate.

The Gators' win was their 27th in a row and upped the team to 61-3 on the year. Florida will face Michigan Friday night. The Wolverines surprised Alabama 6-0 on Thursday. The Florida/Michigan game is scheduled for 9:00, but as we saw last night it will probably be a good bit later than that. The winner of the game will have two chances to advance to the finals.

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In the other bracket Washington beat Georgia 3-1 while Arizona State topped Missouri 7-3. The SEC and Pac-10 each has three teams in the CWS. The SEC went 1-2 while the Pac-10 was 2-1 on day one. The conferences split their two head-to-head meetings.


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