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Brittany Schutte crushed a first inning grand slam for all the offense Florida would need in powering the Gators to a 13-3 win over FIU to wrap up the NCAA Regional in Gainesville. The Gators got the win in just five innings as the eight-run rule was implemented to put the Golden Panthers out of their misery.

Florida (46-6) will host either Long Island or Arizona State next weekend in the Super Regional for a berth in the College World Series.

Florida, playing as the visiting team on its home field took control of this one in the top of the first inning and never looked back. The Gators scored five runs on just one hit. Michelle Moultrie walked and Aja Paculba was hit to get things started. An error on Kelsey Bruder's grounder loaded the bases and the Gators went up 1-0 when Francesca Enea was hit by a pitch. Up stepped Schutte who powered her 15th HR of the season to left centerfield to make it a 5-0 game.

FIU came back with two in the bottom of the inning to get within three runs but they never got closer than that. Corrie Brooks powered a two run HR in the third to make it a 7-2 game. It was her 9th HR of the season and her 25th career blast. The HR was also number 100 for Coach Tim Walton's slugging squad.

The Gators put the game out of reach with five more runs in the fourth. Schutte picked up her fifth RBI of the game when she walked with the bases loaded. Megan Bush followed with a double and Tiffany DeFelice added a single to put the Gators up 12-2.

FIU scored in the bottom of the fourth, but Florida added another run before Stephanie Brombacher pitched a 1-2-3 inning to end the contest.


The trip to the Super Regional will be the fourth straight for Walton's team. The Gators lost to Texas A&M in 2007, but won Super Regionals against California each of the last two seasons.


The Gators are 229-40 over the last four seasons and 179-18 in the last three campaigns. Brombacher (32-6) is 73-6 for her career.


If there is one cause for concern for the Gators it's the struggles of leftfielder Francesca Enea. The National Player of the Year candidate went hitless in the Regional and has just one hit in her last five games. Still, she leads the Gators with 20 HR and 65 RBI.


Florida and Long Island met early in the season down at a tournament in Clearwater. The Gators fell behind 2-0 but scored one in the fourth and one more in the sixth to tie it. The Gators scored five times in the seventh inning, four on a grand slam by Enea for a 7-2 win.

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