No. 1 Florida Sweeps Double-header From Auburn Softball


April 26, 2008

Game 1 - Box Score | Game 2 - Box Score

Gainesville, Fla. - The top-ranked Florida Gators used strong pitching to sweep a softball double-header from the Auburn Tigers Saturday afternoon at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville. Florida won game one 3-1 and game two 7-2.

Auburn dropped to 34-18 overall and 10-13 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida improved to 55-2 overall and 23-1 in the SEC. The team's conclude their series Sunday at noon CT.

"I am really proud of the way Angel Bunner pitched today," Auburn head coach Tina Deese said. "She came in the first game and did a really good job of keeping Florida close. She gave up a couple runs in the second game, but didn't' let it get out of control."

For the day, Bunner threw six and one-third innings allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks.

In game one, Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson held the Tigers to three hits and one unearned run as the Gators won game one of the series 3-1. Nelson improved to 34-2 with the win. She fanned eight and walked two.

Lauren Schmalz dropped to 6-2 after giving up three runs, all earned, on seven hits in four and one-third innings. Bunner pitched the final one and two-third innings, allowing only one hit.

The Gators jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Kim Waleszonia singled and moved to third on Aja Paculba's single to right. Paculba advanced to second on the throw to third. With one out, Francesca Enea singled up the middle to score both runners and give Florida a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers took advantage of a Florida error to plate their first run of the game. Myesha Finney singled and moved to second when Jorja Bell walked. After Megan Mitchell pinch-ran for Bell, Kyndall White hit a ground ball to Ali Gardiner at first. Gardiner threw to second to get Mitchell, but the throw was wild and allowed Finney to score from third to make it a 2-1 game.

Florida pushed the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Waleszonia singled to open the frame and moved to second on Paculba's sac bunt. Gardiner then doubled off the wall in center to score Waleszonia and give the Gators a two run lead.

After giving up a run in the fourth, Nelson would not allow the Tigers to threaten again. Nelson allowed just two hits over the final three innings with no runner advancing to second base as the Gators won the game 3-1.

In game two, Stephanie Bromba moved to 18-0 after her complete-game win. Bromba allowed two runs, both earned, on three hits with eight strikeouts. Auburn's Brittany Day took the loss to fall to 10-5. Day allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits in one and one-third innings. Angel Bunner pitched the final four and two-third innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits.

The Tigers took advantage of two Florida errors in the second inning to get on the scoreboard. Katie Colton walked with one out. Colton then stole second and advanced to third when the throw from catcher Kristina Hilberth sailed wide.

Starr Dorsey then hit a ground ball that hit off Ali Gardiner's glove at first, allowing Colton to score from third and give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

The lead was short lived, however, as the Gators rallied in the bottom of the second inning. Mary Ratliff walked and, with one out, Megan Bush doubled to score Ratliff. Kristina Hilberth singled to put runners on the corners and Corrie Brooks followed with a single up the middle to score Bush and give Florida a 2-1 lead.

Still in the second, Florida made it 3-1 on Kim Waleszonia's single to center that plated Hilberth. Brooks and Waleszonia moved to third and second, respectively, on the throw home. A wild pitch from Day then allowed Brooks to score to push the Florida lead to 4-1. Aja Paculba made it 5-1 with an infield single that scored Waleszonia. Day was then relieved with Bunner.

Francesca Enea put a cap on the inning when she gave Florida a 7-1 lead with a two-run home run to left field. The Gators scored seven runs on seven hits in the inning.

The Tigers plated a run in the top of the seventh when Kyndall White's ground out brought Cassie Trosclair home for the final 7-2 margin. Trosclair singled and moved to third on Myesha Finney's single to center.