Softball Team One Win From Super Regional

Stephanie Brombacher tossed a one hitter and Kelsey Bruder led the Florida attack with a two-run homer as the Gator softball team beat UFC 6-0 Saturday afternoon to move into the finals of the NCAA Regional in Gainesville. Florida (45-8) also posted a 6-0 win over Bethune Cookman in Friday's first round game.

The Gators have the rest of the day off and will have two chances (if necessary) to win the Regional on Sunday.

Florida was the visiting team in this one and took the lead in their very first at bat. Michelle Moultrie opened the game with a double and one out later Bruder slugged her 13th HR of the season for an early 2-0 lead. It stayed that way until the fifth inning as Brombacher and UCF's Allison Cole engaged in a pitcher's duel.

Florida doubled its lead in the fifth inning thanks to a pair of errors by the Golden Knights. One error allowed Tiffany DeFelice to score and the second run came around on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Aja Paculba.

The Gators put the game out of reach in the seventh and final inning when Moultrie singled, Paculba doubled her home and Bruder notched her third RBI of the day with a single to plate Paculba and make it a 6-0 game.

Brombacher (31-6) went all the way in the circle, striking out eight and walking two. She held UCF hitless until one out in the seventh when Hillary Barrow ended the no-hit bid with a single. The shutout was her seventh of the season and second in as many days.

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As the Gators were leaving the field, FIU and Bethune Cookman were taking to it in a loser's out game. The winner of that one will face UCF in another elimination game at about 6:00.

The winner of that game will have to beat the Gators twice on Sunday to keep Florida from returning to the Super Regional round. The teams will play at 1:00 Sunday afternoon with a second game, if necessary to follow.

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Bruder's HR was the 30th of her career. She is one of five Gators to reach that milestone including two of her current teammates Francesca Enea (61) and Megan Bush (43).

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Moultrie ended up with three hits raising her batting average to a school record .410 for the season. Of course she puts that record at risk every time she steps to the plate in the post-season.

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Brombacher's win was her 71st career victory against just six losses. She is third on the Gators all-time list trailing the two Staceys --- Nelson (136) and Stevens (74). Her winning percentage of .922 is the best in school history.


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