Gator Softball Team Routs Mississippi State

The Gator softball team continued its winning ways Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville. Florida not only posted two comfortable wins; the Gators beat State twice by the eight-run rule which ends games if a team is up eight or more runs after five innings.

Game one went to the Gators 8-0 behind shutout pitching from Stephanie Brombacher who posted her 25th win of the season. Catcher Brittany Schutte led the offense with her 13th HR of the season, tying the school single season record for a freshman. Francesca Enea drove in two runs while five of her teammates, including Schutte each drove in one.

Game two saw freshman Ensley Gammel in the circle and she struck out nine on the way to her 11th win of the season. There was more long ball for the slugging Gators as Megan Bush (12) and Aja Paculba (8) each left the yard. Paculba also tripled to cap a four-run fifth inning rally that put the eight-run rule into play.

Florida improves to 37-7 on the year and 17-4 in the SEC. They'll go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.

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It wasn't all good news for the Gators Saturday. Alabama took two from Tennessee (4-2, 7-6) to improve to 20-4 in the SEC. Florida needs Alabama to lose a game or the Crimson Tide will win the SEC Title due to a superior won/loss percentage due to the Gators having three rainouts. Bama finishes the regular season at Mississippi State, so Florida's best chance is for Tennessee to get a win Sunday afternoon.

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With three homers on Saturday Florida has now hit 81 on the year. That's just five shy of the SEC record they set last year. Look for that record to go by the wayside when the Gators host South Carolina for the final weekend of the regular season.


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