Gainesville, Fla. -- The sixth-ranked Florida Gators rallied from a
four-run deficit to defeat the Auburn softball team 5-4 in game two and complete a double-header sweep Wednesday night.
Auburn falls to 15-9 overall and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference play. Florida improved to 20-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC. The Tigers return to action Thursday with a 2 p.m. CT game against No. 19 Florida State in Tallahassee.
In game two, Angel Bunner took the loss to fall to 5-4. Bunner allowed one run, earned, on three hits in 1.2 innings of relief work.
Anna Thompson started for Auburn but did not earn a decision. Thompson went 5.0 innings, allowed four runs, all earned, on four hits with three walks and 10 strikeouts. Thompson did not allow a hit until fifth inning.
Stephanie Brombacher (16-3) earned the win in relief, throwing 1.0 innings of hitless ball. Ensley Gammel started and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, all earned, on four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.
Katie Colton gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Consecutive walks to Lauren Guzman and Elizabeth Eisterhold opened the inning and put runners at first and second. Kelsey Cartwright moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt. Colton then grounded out to second, forcing Guzman home for an early AU lead.
The Tigers made it a 2-0 game in the top of the fourth inning.
Amber Harrison singled through the right side to open the inning and moved to second when Guzman was hit by a pitch. Eisterhold moved the runners to second and third with a ground out. Cartwright then hit a ground ball to short, getting Harrison home with the run. Cartwright was out on the play and Guzman was out trying to advance to third to end the inning.
Kelley Smiley gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning when she singled up the middle to score Colton from third. Colton walked to open the inning and then stole second. After Caitlin Stangl was hit by a pitch, both runners moved up to third and second, respectively, on a wild pitch. Smiley then followed with a chopper that gave the Tigers a three-run edge.
The Gators cut into the Auburn lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Corrie Brooks walked and moved to second on Brittany Walker's single up the middle. A walk to Aja Paculba loaded the bases. Michelle Moultrie then laced a single to center that scored Brooks and Walker to make it a 3-2 game. Stangl, who fielded Walker's single, threw wild home which allowed Paculba and Moultrie to advance to third and second.
Thompson was able to get out of the jam when she got Francesca Enea on a swinging third strike to end the inning.
The Tigers got a run back in the top of the sixth when Eisterhold ripped a one-out, solo home run into the street beyond the right field wall. It was Eisterhold's second home run of the season and gave the Tigers a 4-2 lead. Gammel would give up a single to Cartwright before being lifted for Schuppert with one out in the sixth.
The Gators were not finished, however. Kelsey Bruder launched a leadoff home run into the pine trees behind the right field fence to cut the Auburn lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth. It was Bruder's seventh home run of the season.
Brittany Schutte followed Bruder with her sixth home run of the season to tie the game at 4-4 with no outs. The solo bomb came on a 3-2 pitch and also sailed over the wall in right field.
Schutte's blast chased Thompson from the game for Bunner. Megan Bush followed with a crisp single through the left side, but Bunner halted the Gators' rally to send the game into the seventh tied.
In the bottom of the seventh, Paculba led off with a double to left and, with two outs, came in to score the winning run on a single to left-center by Bruder.
In game one, Auburn stranded seven base runners and committed three errors as the Gators won 7-0.
Angel Bunner (5-3) started and took the loss. Bunner went 5.0 innings, allowed six runs, four earned, on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Jenee Loree finished the game, going 1.0 inning, allowing one run, earned, on one hit with three walks and one strikeout.
Stephanie Brombacher (15-3) earned the complete-game, shutout win. Brombacher went 7.0 innings, scattered four hits, walked two and tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts.
The Gators didn't waste an out jumping out to the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Aja Paculba was hit by the second pitch of the game and used a sacrifice bunt to move to second and foul out to first to move to third. Kelsey Bruder then launched a 3-2 pitch over the wall in right-center to give Florida a 2-0 lead.
Florida took advantage of a pair of Auburn errors to plate its next run. Megan Bush doubled to right-center with one out and moved to third when Caitlin Stangl bobbled the ball. With Corrie Brooks at the plate, the Gators attempted to squeeze. Bush broke for home and appeared to be caught in a rundown until shortstop Lauren Guzman dropped the throw from catcher Elizabeth Eisterhold, allowing Bush to score for a 3-0 UF lead in the bottom of the second inning.
Florida again took advantage of Auburn mistakes to push across another run. In the third inning, Paculba singled to open the frame and reached second when Kelley Smiley dropped the relay throw from Guzman who fielded Moultrie's ground ball. Paculba advanced to third when Francesca Enea flied out to center and came in to score on a wild pitch by Bunner to give the Gators a 4-0 lead.
The Tigers threatened in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Katie Colton was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Lindsey Harrelson's single to left. Kelley Smiley loaded the bases with an infield single. But, the Tigers were unable to capitalize as Brombacher got Stangl to pop out to second to end the inning.
Florida extended its lead in the sixth inning when Bush singled home Bruder for a 5-0 edge. Bruder drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a single by Brittany Schutte. Loree was then put in for Bunner and allowed both runners to advance on a wild pitch, setting up Bush's RBI single.
Still in the sixth, the Gators added to their lead on a pair of bases-loaded walks. Loree walked Paculba and Moultrie in order to force
home two runs and give Florida a 7-0 lead.