Homers, pitching help Gators dominate Tigers

By Adam Silverstein
June 5, 2010

Three home runs and a standout pitching performance earned No. 4 Florida Gators softball (52-8) a 5-0 elimination game shutout victory over the No. 9 Missouri Tigers (51-13) in the 2010 NCAA Women’s College World Series on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman designated player Brittany Schutte (2-3, three RBI) knocked two dingers over the outfield wall in the fourth and sixth innings, and junior outfielder Kelsey Bruder (1-3) joined her with her own solo shot in the fifth.

Schutte’s two homers moved her into a tie for second on UF’s single-season list.

Florida’s five runs provided support for a stellar performance from junior starter Stephanie Brombacher (35-7), who overcame her propensity for picking her back foot up off the ground (which caused four illegal pitches on Thursday) to toss a complete game shutout with six strikeouts.

With the win, the Gators eliminated the Tigers from the WCWS and now move on to a second elimination game Saturday evening against No. 6 Georgia. The game will air live on ESPN and online at ESPN3.com.

One Comment

  1. Daniel M. says:

    Watched them eliminate Mizzou in oppressive heat. Then watched ASU send The Huskies home. Sorry to tell all you softball crazy fans that the Lady Gators won’t get a shot at redemption against “Husky” pitcher Debbie Lawrie. She cooked our goose in the final last year.

    Can any of these girls field or throw or run a lick? Haven’t sern it. That aside, these games would be much more palatable if the girls didn’t spend the entire game screaming from the dugouts. The endless shrieking requires very low volume levels. If you can watch one of these games with the volume cranked you are a special kind of sports fan. I need me some football. I’m considering rolling my DVR’d Sugar Bowl.

    Smelldawgs next. Go Lady Gators!

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