Junior pitcher Stephanie Brombacher (17-3) threw No. 6/13 Florida Gators softball’s first perfect game in six years to lead her team to a 10-0 victory over the South Florida Bulls (14-15) on Thursday afternoon at home in Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
Brombacher’s five perfect innings included five strikeouts but was not without drama. In the bottom of the fifth, Bulls third baseman Alison Savarese hit a line drive back at Brombacher. She was able to grab the ball with her glove and make the throw to first before retiring the next two batters on a pop out and ground out, respectively.
“I realized it right before the last pitch,” Brombacher said. “I was like ‘Wait, no one has gotten a hit yet,’ and then [Cat Olnick] hit it and I was like, ‘Please catch it.’ I didn’t realize it was a perfect game until she stepped on the bag.”
Senior designated player Francesca Enea backed up her pitcher by hitting a home run of each of her two plate appearance while tallying three RBI. Enea continues her climb up the Southeastern Conference’s career home run and RBI lists. She is second all-time in homers (54) and fourth in RBI (195).
The Gators (21-3) are set to face the Alabama Crimson Tide in a weekend road series beginning with a doubleheader on Sat., March 27. The first game will air live on ESPN2.