Enea breaks SEC, Florida home run records; Gators softball sweeps Gamecocks in finale

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.

You can vote for Enea to win the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award representing excellence in the classroom, in the community, of character and in competition by clicking here.

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Florida softball sweeps, wins Lipton Invitational

No. 3/9 Florida Gators softball (9-1) took home the 2010 Lipton Invitational title Saturday, winning five straight games in the tournament by an average of over five runs.

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FOUR BITS: Softball sets record, lacrosse debuts

1 » No. 3/9 Florida Gators softball (5-1) shutout the Campbell Camels (1-4-1) 7-0 Friday night on the back of a school-record six home runs. Leading their team to victory, junior first baseman Megan Bush had lead-off home runs in back-to-back plate appearances, and junior starter Stephanie Brombacher (4-1) blanked Campbell over five innings while compiling a season-high 11 strikeouts. Six of Florida’s seven runs came on solo homers from five different Gators including Bush (4th, 6th), sophomore outfielder Michelle Moultrie (4th), junior catcher Tiffany DeFelice (6th), freshman C Kelsey Horton (6th) and junior outfielder Kelsey Bruder (7th).

Florida softball (6-1) continued its dominance Friday with a 12-4 win over the Kansas Jayhawks (2-5) in the Gators’ second game of the night. Junior second baseman Aja Paculba went 4-4 with a career-high five RBI. In all, seven UF players accounted for 14 hits and freshman pitcher Erin Schuppert (1-0) earned her first career win in four innings of relief with seven strikeouts while allowing only two runs. Freshman Ensley Gammel started for the Gators.

2 » Florida’s newest sport, women’s lacrosse, is set to debut Saturday against the Jacksonville Dolphins (0-2) at 6 p.m. in the brand new Donald R. Dizney Stadium for the first regular season game in school history. Head coach Amanda O’Leary has done a terrific job preparing the Gators, including recruiting the No. 1–ranked signing class in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse Magazine. The team, which fell 17-8 in its first exhibition match against the U.S. National Development team before rallying to a 7-7 tie at Rutgers and a 10-8 win over Princeton, is made up of two seniors, one junior, two sophomores and 24 freshmen. Admission is free for all home games, so be sure to go out and support this up-and-coming team in its first season!
- Athletic director Jeremy Foley is proud of the school’s newest sport.
- The Florida lacrosse team was years in the making.
- Everything you need to know about how lacrosse is played.

Gators swimming & diving and gymnastics also impressed on Friday…
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