No. 6/5 Florida Gators softball (42-7, 20-4 SEC) has been on a power stroke since the month of May began, outscoring opponents by a combined 47-1. That trend continued over the weekend as the ladies swept a three-game series with the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks (11-40, 1-27 SEC) in the final games of the 2010 regular season.
Though the Gators’ series sweep is nothing to shake a stick at, the story of the weekend came during Sunday’s game when senior outfielder Francesca Enea broke the Southeastern Conference career home run record (and her own Florida single-season home run record – 20) with the 61st moon shot of her career. In all, Enea knocked two homers while driving in six RBI over the weekend and was able to celebrate her triumph with a team victory on what was both Senior Day and Mother’s Day.
Florida scored 20 runs for the second time in three games in the first game of a doubleheader at Pressly Stadium on Saturday. The Gators beat the Gamecocks 20-0 in the opener (in which Enea hit her first home run of the weekend), 6-1 in the late game and 9-0 for the sweep in the finale on Sunday.
Junior catcher Tiffany DeFelice owned Saturday with a 4-6 performance for four RBI, two runs and a grand slam (the first of her career). Florida enjoyed another record on the afternoon with a single-game record 21 hits in the opening contest.
DeFelice’s classmate, junior OF Kelsey Bruder, led the team offensively over the course of the weekend, batting 5-8 (.625) with five runs, three RBI, one home run, a stolen base and three walks.
Junior starter Stephanie Brombacher (28-5) and freshman reliever Erin Schuppert tossed a combined no-hitter in the first game; Brombacher picked up the series finale on Sunday on her own with a complete-game one-hitter. In between, freshman Ensley Gammel (13-2) struck out seven in a complete game performance while only giving up one run on five hits – South Carolina’s only score of the series.
Next up for the Gators is the 2010 SEC Tournament, which takes place from May 13-15 at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, AR.
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