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Friday, June 02, 2023

UF romps Bama twice en route to WCWS finals berth

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The Gators softball team’s motto this season has

been “One Vision” — an all or nothing message that nothing short of

a national championship is acceptable.

After easily disposing of rival Alabama in two games on Sunday,

Florida is two wins away from sufficing its goal at the Women‘s

College World Series.

“I’m incredibly excited,” Kelsey Bruder. “This is everything to us.

There’s no other words to describe it.”

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Gators beat the Crimson Tide 16-2 and 9-2 to advance to a

best-of-three national title series against No. 1-seed Arizona


Alabama came into Sunday riding dominant pitching and defense but

was no match for Florida’s monstrous bats or the pitching duo of

Stephanie Brombacher and Hannah Rogers.

Florida’s freshman hurler pitched seven innings, only giving up

four hits. 

“Hannah pitched a fabulous game,” UF coach Tim Walton said.

“Showing us exactly, hopefully, what she’s got left in her


Rogers was supported by a dynamic offense that picked up nine hits,

including back-to-back blasts by Kelsey Bruder and Brittany



chased Alabama pitcher Kelsi Dunne after just two innings of work —

an improvement for the senior after lasting just .1 inning in

Sunday’s first game. Bama coach Patrick Murphy pulled her from the

second game in a somber and lengthy exchange between the two.

“It’s tough at any time,” he said. “After two games, we weren’t

hitting, we weren’t scoring, and I just felt like a change was



Gators’ offensive surge in the evening game was the continuation of

a raucous and record-breaking midday fixture. The day started with

a Michelle Moultrie homer, her third of the WCWS, which sparked a

first inning where Florida sent 14 batters to the plate, scoring a

WCWS single-inning record 11 runs. 

Florida’s center fielder hit and scored twice in the frame,

expanding upon her mind-blowing body of work in Oklahoma City.

“You can’t say enough about Michelle Moultrie and what she means to

our program,” Walton said. “We kind of have a motto that we started

at the end of her freshman year: ‘We have Michelle Moultrie, and

nobody else does.’”

Moultrie is hitting .611 at the WCWS with three homers — she had

two all regular season.


scoring spree ended with Schutte’s second career grand slam.

Alabama exhausted both of its preferred pitching options in the

game. Dunne was responsible for six earned runs before freshman

Jackie Traina surrendered seven runs over 1.2 innings. She gave way

to sophomore Lauren Sewell, who made just her 14th appearance of

the season.

Florida’s 16-2, five-inning victory tied the record for most runs

in a WCWS game and served as both the most runs Alabama has ever

allowed and its worst loss in program history.

Through four days, the Gators have scored a total of 41 runs. All

other seven teams who made the trip to Oklahoma City have scored a

combined 39 runs.

“It’s our hitters,” Walton said. “Give them a stick. I guarantee

they’re going to find a way to hit a home run. … They’re strong,

they’re more athletic, they’re better balanced, they’re better

connected than any group I’ve ever had.”

Stephanie Brombacher got the opening start for Florida, pitching

just her third complete game since returning from injury and

allowing only three hits.

Florida beings its second appearance in the national final Monday

at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

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