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Gators slam FIU 13-3 to capture regional

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Tim Walton’s formula for winning softball isn’t all that complicated. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the combination of good pitching and home runs works quite well for Walton and the Florida Gators, who followed the formula to perfection three straight games this weekend as they captured the NCAA Gainesville Regional without really breaking a sweat.

Using the same methodology that worked so well in games one and two — an early home run and strong pitching from Stephanie Brombacher — the Gators disposed of Florida International 13-3 Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 1,503 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Brittany Schutte delivered the home run, a first inning grand slam, and Brombacher did the rest, allowing only four hits while striking out seven in the game abbreviated to five innings because of the mercy rule.

The win advanced the Gators to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional in Gainesville against Arizona State, which breezed though the Amherst Regional in three games, taking the championship game over Long Island University, 9-1. This marks the third consecutive year the Gators have won their regional and hosted a Super Regional. Florida is fourth-seeded nationally while Arizona State is seeded #13.

“This is huge for the stability of our program,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “I said at the beginning of the year that this would be one of the most important years of our program just because of how much success we’ve had in the past and whether or not we were going to be able to transition from one pitcher (Stacey Nelson) to another and Stephanie certainly answered that call.”

Brombacher answered the call Sunday and she didn’t have to wait long to get all the support she needed thanks to Schutte. Schutte’s grand slam, the first of her Florida career and 15th home run of the season, was the only ball that left the infield in a five-run first inning. FIU starter Kasey Barrett couldn’t find the plate and when she did, Schutte was there to jump all over an offering on the outside corner to drive it off the scoreboard in left center field.

Barrett (19-13) walked leadoff batter Michelle Moultrie on four pitches and followed that up by hitting Aja Paculba. After Kelsey Bruder loaded the bases when her hard grounder to second was booted by Brie Rojas, Barrett plated the first run by hitting Francesca Enea in the knee. That set the stage for Schutte who went the opposite way for the first of Florida’s two home runs on the day.

“That’s been our game plan the whole year,” Walton said. “We’ve done a good job all season when you look at our statistical line of the number of walks, the number of hit by pitches — they’re greater than our strikeouts. We score runs in bunches and it’s not the first time we’ve scored five in an inning. You take what you’ve got and you’ve got to go with it.

“Our players did a great job; we really executed. That first inning was about as well executed a game plan as you could talk about. She had been leaving her pitches out over the inside part of the plate. We noticed that against UCF in the first inning two days ago — she hit a batter and walked a batter, a bit shaky at the start.  We went in with that game plan to look for a pitch over the inside part of the plate early and obviously Brittany Schutte is the opposite, she’s lefthanded so she was looking for a pitch outside early and she was able to get that.”

FIU put up a first inning fight by bunching three hits and an error for two runs off Brombacher, but their joy was short-lived. Brombacher settled down and gave up only one hit the rest of the way, a solo home run by Rojas in the fourth. For the day, Brombacher (32-6, 1.97 ERA) faced 20 batters and used an efficient 84 pitches in her third consecutive dominating performance.

In games one and two of the Gainesville Regional, Brombacher pitched shutout softball, allowing only a combined four hits while striking out 18. Walton said there was no hesitation to give Brombacher the start for the third straight day.

“The way she pitched the last two games, I’ve got to give her the ball,” Walton said. “She had to have the ball today and really pitched well. I know she didn’t pitch the way she would like to — (Jennifer) Rocha our pitching coach doesn’t like to give up any runs and three is too many for her — but I still think Stephanie did a good job of pitching today.”

The Gators piled on to their lead in the third with two more runs. Megan Bush smacked a one-out double to left and one out later Corrie Brooks, who hits eighth in the lineup, hit a towering two-run homer over the left field fence, her ninth home run and the 100th homer the Gators have hit this year.

This is Walton’s fifth season as Florida’s head coach and in every season the Gators have broken the school record for home runs in a season. Walton said it’s all about the way the Gators approach things.

“It’s just about the way we practice and the way we mentally approach hitting and how good that lineup is from one through nine,” Walton said. “Your eight hole hitter hits a 270-foot home run and does it regularly.”

FIU switched pitchers in the fourth, bringing in Jennifer Gniadek but she fared no better against the Florida lineup, which parlayed three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch into five runs.

Paculba got things started with a one-out walk and she moved to third when Kelsey Bruder bounced a single through the right side of the infield with Bruder taking second on the throw. Enea got hit for the second time in the game to load the bases for Schutte, who walked on four pitches to drive home Paculba. Bush followed that up with a two-run single that extended Florida’s lead to 10-2 and send Schutte to third. Schutte came home on a wild pitch and Bush finished out the scoring when she came home on a hard single by Tiffany DeFelice, whose scorching one-hopper caromed off the glove of third baseman Kelsey Grabiak and into left field.

The Gators finished off the Panthers with a single run the fifth with a Bruder opposite field single to left, a walk to Schutte and a towering pop fly by Bush that dropped between Rojas, center fielder Seldi Soberon and right fielder Ashley McClain.

GAME NOTES: Brombacher moved into a tie for second place with Stacey Stephens (74-6) on the all-time wins list. Brombacher is 74-6 for her career … Brombacher has 534 strikeouts for her career. With four more she will move past Chelsey Sakizzle into fourth place all-time … Enea has been hit by a pitch 11 times this season and 28 times in her Florida career. Enea also had an RBI, the 65th of the season and 221st of her career. She is the all-time SEC leader in home runs with 61 … The home run by Brooks was the 25th of her career, good for seventh place all time.

SOFTBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE / FINAL STANDINGS

Eastern Division Conference Overall

Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct.


Florida 20-4 .833 46-8 .852

Georgia 18-8 .692 46-11 .807

Tennessee 17-8 .680 45-13 .776

Kentucky 13-15 .464 32-27 .542

South Carolina 1-27 .036 11-40 .216

Western Division Conference Overall

Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct.


Alabama 23-4 .852 51-9 .850

Louisiana State 20-8 .714 45-16 .738

Auburn 11-17 .393 31-26 .544

Arkansas 10-18.357 28-29 .491

Mississippi 8-19 .296 29-27 .518

Mississippi State 7-20 .259 26-29 .473

NCAA DIVISION I SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Seeds (as of May 16): 1. Alabama (SEC) 48-9; 2. Michigan (Big Ten) 46-6; 3. Washington (Pac-10) 45-6; 4. Florida (SEC) 43-8; 5. UCLA (Pac-10) 40-11; 6. Georgia (SEC) 43-11; 7. Texas (Big 12) 42-13; 8. Georgia Tech (ACC) 49-9; 9. Missouri (Big 12) 46-11; 10. Arizona (Pac-10) 43-11; 11. California (Pac-10) 41-17; 12. Louisiana State (SEC) 44-14; 13. Arizona State (Pac-10) 41-15; 14. Oklahoma (Big 12) 43-10; 15. Tennessee (SEC) 42-13; 16. Hawaii (WAC) 44-13.

REGIONALS / Double-elimination tournaments at campus sites

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. / University of Alabama / Alabama Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21


Game 1: Lipscomb 4, UAB 1

Game 2: (1) Alabama 9, Alcorn State 0 (5)

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (1) Alabama 5, Lipscomb 2

Game 4: UAB 10, Alcorn State 1. Alcorn State eliminated.

Game 5: Lipscomb 7, UAB 6 (9). UAB eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (1) Alabama 6, Lipscomb 0. Alabama (51-9) advances to Super Regional; Lipscomb eliminated.

STANFORD, Calif. / Stanford University / Smith Family Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (16) Hawaii 10, UC Davis 2 (5)

Game 2: Stanford 5, Texas Tech 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (16) Hawaii 6, Stanford 3

Game 4: Texas Tech 1, UC Davis 0. UC Davis eliminated.

Game 5: Texas Tech 6, Stanford 3. Stanford eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (16) Hawaii 7, Texas Tech 1. Hawaii (46-13) advances to Super Regional; Texas Tech eliminated.

COLUMBIA, Mo. / University of Missouri / University Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Illinois 4, DePaul 2

Game 2: (9) Missouri 3, Creighton 2

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (9) Missouri 3, Illinois 1

Game 4: DePaul 3, Creighton 2 (9). Creighton eliminated.

Game 5: Illinois 9, DePaul 1. DePaul eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (9) Missouri 4, Illinois 2. Missouri (49-11) advances to Super Regional; Illinois eliminated.

ATLANTA, Ga./ Georgia Institute of Technology / Mewborn Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Oregon 1, Auburn 0

Game 2: (8) Georgia Tech 5, Jacksonville State 3

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: Oregon 11, (8) Georgia Tech 2 (5)

Game 4: Auburn 15, Jacksonville State 1 (6). Jacksonville State eliminated.

Game 5: (8) Georgia Tech 4, Auburn 1. Auburn eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: Oregon 4, (8) Georgia Tech 3 (8). Oregon (36-19) advances to Super Regional; Georgia Tech eliminated.

LOS ANGELES / University of California, Los Angeles / Easton Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: San Diego State 3, Fresno State 2

Game 2: (5) UCLA 11, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (5) UCLA 4, San Diego State 3

Game 4: Fresno State 6, Saint Mary’s 0. Saint Mary’s eliminated.

Game 5: Fresno State 4, San Diego State 3. San Diego State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (5) UCLA 7, Fresno State 2. UCLA (43-11) advances to Super Regional; Fresno State eliminated.

BATON ROUGE, La. / Louisiana State University / Tiger Park

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Texas A&M 0

Game 2: (12) Louisiana State 6, McNeese State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: Louisiana-Lafayette 1, (12) Louisiana State 0

Game 4: Texas A&M 2, McNeese State 0. McNeese State eliminated.

Game 5: Texas A&M 1, (12) Louisiana State 0. Louisiana State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Texas A&M 1. Louisiana-Lafayette (45-16) advances to Super Regional; Texas A&M eliminated.

AMHERST, Mass. / University of Massachusetts / UMass Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (13) Arizona State 6, Boston University 1

Game 2: Long Island 3, Massachusetts 1

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (13) Arizona State 3, Long Island 2

Game 4: Boston University 10, Massachusetts 4. Massachusetts eliminated.

Game 5: Long Island 5, Boston University 4. Boston University eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (13) Arizona State 9, Long Island 1 (5). Arizona State (44-15) advances to Super Regional; Long Island eliminated.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. / University of Florida / Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: UCF 7, FIU 1

Game 2: (4) Florida 6, Bethune-Cookman 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (4) Florida 6, UCF 0

Game 4: FIU 2, Bethune-Cookman 0 (10). Bethune-Cookman eliminated.

Game 5: FIU 7, UCF 0. UCF eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (4) Florida 13, FIU 3 (5). Florida (46-8) advances to Super Regional; FIU eliminated.

SEATTLE, Wash. / University of Washington / Husky Softball Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: North Carolina 1, Nebraska 0

Game 2: (3) Washington 3, North Dakota State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (3) Washington 1, North Carolina 0

Game 4: Nebraska 5, North Dakota State 1. North Dakota State eliminated.

Game 5: North Carolina (41-19) vs. Game 4 winner, ppd. to Sunday

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 5: North Carolina 1, Nebraska 0 (8). Nebraska eliminated.

Game 6: (3) Washington 2, North Carolina 1 (8). Washington (48-6) advances to Super Regional; North Carolina eliminated.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. / University of Maryland / Robert E. Taylor Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (14) Oklahoma 10, Syracuse 0 (5)

Game 2: Fordham 2, Maryland 1

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (14) Oklahoma 1, Fordham 0

Game 4: Maryland 4, Syracuse 1. Syracuse eliminated.

Game 5: Fordham 5, Maryland 2. Maryland eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (14) Oklahoma, 2, Fordham 0. Oklahoma (46-10) advances to Super Regional; Fordham eliminated.

COLUMBUS, Ohio / Ohio State University / Buckeye Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (11) California 10, Bucknell 0 (5)

Game 2: Kentucky vs. Ohio State, suspended with Kentucky leading 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 2: Kentucky 6, Ohio State 5 (resumption of suspended game)

Game 3: (11) California (42-17) 1, Kentucky 0

Game 4: Ohio State 6, Bucknell 0. Bucknell eliminated.

Game 5: Ohio State 5, Kentucky 3. Kentucky eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (11) California 7, Ohio State 0. California (44-17) advances to Super Regional; Ohio State eliminated.

ATHENS, Ga. / University of Georgia / UGA Softball Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Florida State 10, Radford 1 (5)

Game 2: (6) Georgia 10, Elon 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (6) Georgia 5, Florida State 2

Game 4: Radford 8, Elon 0 (5). Elon eliminated.

Game 5: Radford 3, Florida State 2. Florida State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (6) Georgia 8, Radford 1. Georgia (46-11) advances to Super Regional; Radford eliminated.

AUSTIN, Texas / University of Texas / McCombs Field

THURSDAY / May 20

Game 1: Brigham Young 1, East Carolina 0

Game 2: (7) Texas 6, Iona 0

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 3: Brigham Young 9, (7) Texas 8

Game 4: East Carolina 3, Iona 0. Iona eliminated.

Game 5: East Carolina 1, (7) Texas 0. Texas eliminated.

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 6: Brigham Young 8, East Carolina 3. Brigham Young (46-11) advances to Super Regional; East Carolina eliminated.

TUCSON, Ariz. / University of Arizona / Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Hofstra 8, Oklahoma State 6

Game 2: (10) Arizona 9, Cornell 0 (5)

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (10) Arizona 6, Hofstra 0

Game 4: Oklahoma State 7, Cornell 0. Cornell eliminated.

Game 5: Hofstra 5, Oklahoma State 2. Oklahoma State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (10) Arizona 10, Hofstra 6 (12). Arizona (46-11) advances to Super Regional; Hofstra eliminated.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. / University of Tennessee / Sherri Parker Lee Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Virginia 1, Louisville 0

Game 2: (15) Tennessee 5, Ball State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (15) Tennessee 11, Virginia 2

Game 4: Louisville 5, Ball State 1. Ball State eliminated.

Game 5: Louisville 7, Virginia 4. Louisville eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (15) Tennessee 3, Louisville 1. Tennessee (45-13) advances to Super Regional; Louisville eliminated.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. / University of Michigan / Alumni Field at Wilpon Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Notre Dame 1, Illinois State 0 (8)

Game 2: Wright State vs. (2) Michigan, suspended with Michigan leading 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 2: (2) Michigan 11, Wright State 2 (6) (resumption of suspended game)

Game 3: (2) Michigan 8, Notre Dame 0 (5)

Game 4: Wright State 10, Illinois State 8. Illinois State eliminated.

Game 5: Notre Dame 6, Wright State 5. Wright State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (2) Michigan 12, Notre Dame 2. Michigan (49-6) advances to Super Regional; Notre Dame eliminated.

SUPER REGIONALS / Best-of-three series at campus site of higher seed / May 28-30

(16) Hawaii (47-13) at (1) Alabama (51-9)

Oregon (36-19) at (9) Missouri (49-11)

Louisiana-Lafayette (45-16) at (5) UCLA (43-11)

(13) Arizona State (44-15) at (4) Florida (46-8)

(14) Oklahoma (46-10) at (3) Washington (48-6)

(11) California (44-17) at (6) Georgia (46-11)

Brigham Young (46-11) at (10) Arizona (45-11)

(15) Tennessee (45-13) at (2) Michigan (49-6)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES / Oklahoma City, Okla. / ASA Hall of Fame Stadium / Two-bracket, double-elimination / June 3-6

THURSDAY / June 3

Game 1: 1 p.m.

Game 2: 3 p.m.

Game 3: 6 p.m.

Game 4: 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / June 4

Game 5: 7 p.m.

Game 6: 9 p.m.

SATURDAY / June 5

Game 7: 12 p.m.

Game 8: 2 p.m.

Game 9: 7 p.m.

Game 10: 9 p.m.

SUNDAY / June 6

Game 11: 1 p.m.

Game 12: 3 p.m.

Game 13: 7 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 14: 9 p.m. (if necessary)

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES / Best-of-three / June 7-9

MONDAY / June 7


Game 1: 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUESDAY / June 8

Game 2: 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

WEDNESDAY / June 9

Game 3: 8 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPN2)

RANKINGS

May 11, 2010

GATORCOUNTRY.Com TOP 25 / NCAA REGIONAL WRAPUP


The GatorCountry.com Top 25 college softball teams for May 11, a cumulative ranking using the ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I and USA Today/NFCA Division I polls. First-place votes are in parentheses (There was no USA Today/NFCA Division I poll May 17):

School (record), NCAA regional, next

1. Washington (48-6) beat North Carolina, 2-1 (8), to win Seattle (Wash.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Oklahoma in Game 1 of best-of-3 Seattle (Wash.) Super Regional series.

2. Michigan (49-6) beat Notre Dame, 12-2, to win Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Tennessee in Game 1 of best-of-3 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Super Regional series.

3. Alabama (51-9) beat Lipscomb, 6-0, to win Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Hawaii in Game 1 of best-of-3 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Super Regional series.

4. Arizona (46-11) beat Hofstra, 10-6 (12), to win Tucson (Ariz.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Brigham Young in first game of best-of-3 Tucson (Ariz.) Super Regional series.

5. Florida (46-8) beat FIU, 13-3 (5), to win Gainesville (Fla.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Arizona State in first game of best-of-3 Gainesville (Fla.) Super Regional.

6. UCLA (43-11) beat Fresno State, 7-2, to win Los Angeles (Calif.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in first game of best-of-3 Los Angeles (Calif.) Super Regional.

7. Georgia Tech (51-11) lost to Oregon, 4-3 (8), in Atlanta (Ga.) Regional. Next: Season over.

8. Georgia (46-11) beat Radford, 8-1, to win Athens (Ga.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. California in first game of best-of-3 Athens (Ga.) Super Regional series.

9. Oklahoma (46-10) beat Fordham, 2-0, to win the College Park (Md.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Washington in first game of best-of-3 Seattle (Wash.) Super Regional series.

10. Arizona State (44-15) beat Long Island, 9-1 (5), to win Amherst (Mass.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Florida in first game of best-of-3 Gainesville (Fla.) Super Regional series.

11. Missouri (49-11) beat Illinois, 4-2, to win Columbia (Mo.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Oregon in first game of best-of-3 Columbia (Mo.) Super Regional series.

12. Texas (43-15) did not play in Austin (Texas) Regional. Next: Season over.

13. California (44-17) beat Ohio State, 7-0, to win Columbus (Ohio) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Georgia in first game of best-of-3 Athens (Ga.) Super Regional series.

14. Louisiana State (45-16) did not play In Baton Rouge (La.) Regional. Next: Season over.

15. Oklahoma State (44-16) did not play in Tucson (Ariz.) Regional. Next: Season over.

16. Tennessee (45-13) beat Louisville, 3-1, to win Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Michigan in first game of best-of-3 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Super Regional series.

17. Stanford (37-19) did not play in Stanford (Calif.) Regional. Next: Season over.

18. Illinois (45-8) lost to Missouri, 4-2, in Columbia (Mo.) Regional. Next: Season over.

19. Texas A&M (44-16) lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-1, in Baton Rouge (La.) Regional. Next: Season over.

20. Ohio State (39-14) lost to California, 7-0, in Columbus (Ohio) Regional. Next: Season over.

21. Oregon (36-19) beat Georgia Tech, 4-3 (8), to win Atlanta (Ga.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Missouri in Game 1 of best-of-3 Columbia (Mo.) Super Regional series.

22. Hawaii (47-13) beat Texas Tech, 7-1, to win Stanford (Calif.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Alabama in first game of best-of-3 Tuscaloosa Super Regional series.

23. Massachusetts (42-10-1) did not play in Amherst (Mass.) Regional. Next: Season over.

24. Florida State (44-18) did not play in Athens (Ga.) Regional. Next: Season over.

25. Notre Dame (47-12) lost to Michigan, 12-2, in Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional. Next: Season over.

ESPN.com / USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25

May 17, 2010

1. Washington (45-6); 2. Michigan (46-6); 3. Alabama (48-9); 4. UCLA (40-11); 5. Florida (43-8); 6. Arizona (43-11); 7. Georgia Tech (49-9); 8. Oklahoma (43-10); 9. Georgia (43-11); 10. Louisiana State (44-14); 11. Arizona State (41-15); 12. Texas (42-13); 13. California (41-17); 14. Missouri (46-11); 15. Tennessee (42-13); 16. Stanford (36-17); 17. Illinois (43-6); 18.Texas A&M (42-14); 19. Hawaii (44-13); 20. Oklahoma State (43-14); 21. (tie) Ohio State (37-12) and Oregon (33-19); 23. Massachusetts (42-8-1); 24. Florida State (43-16); 25. Notre Dame (45-10).

USA TODAY/NATIONAL FASTPITCH COACHES ASSOCIATION

May 10, 2010

1. Washington (43-5); 2. Michigan (44-6); 3. Arizona (42-9); 4. Alabama (45-9); 5. UCLA (38-10); 6. Florida (42-7); 7. Georgia Tech (46-9); 8. Missouri (44-10); 9. Georgia (43-10); 10. Arizona State (40-13); 11. Oklahoma (40-10); 12. California (38-17); 13. Texas (41-12); 14. Oklahoma State (43-14); 15. Stanford (33-17); 16. Tennessee (42-12); 17. Louisiana State (42-13); 18. Illinois (39-6); 19. Ohio State (35-12); 20. Texas A&M (41-13); 21. Massachusetts (38-7-1); 22. Oregon (33-16); 23. Hawaii (41-12); 24. Notre Dame (44-9); 25. Florida State (41-15).

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Tim Walton’s formula for winning softball isn’t all that complicated. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the combination of good pitching and home runs works quite well for Walton and the Florida Gators, who followed the formula to perfection three straight games this weekend as they captured the NCAA Gainesville Regional without really breaking a sweat.

Using the same methodology that worked so well in games one and two — an early home run and strong pitching from Stephanie Brombacher — the Gators disposed of Florida International 13-3 Sunday afternoon before a crowd of 1,503 at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. Brittany Schutte delivered the home run, a first inning grand slam, and Brombacher did the rest, allowing only four hits while striking out seven in the game abbreviated to five innings because of the mercy rule.

The win advanced the Gators to next weekend’s NCAA Super Regional in Gainesville against Arizona State, which breezed though the Amherst Regional in three games, taking the championship game over Long Island University, 9-1. This marks the third consecutive year the Gators have won their regional and hosted a Super Regional. Florida is fourth-seeded nationally while Arizona State is seeded #13.

“This is huge for the stability of our program,” Florida coach Tim Walton said. “I said at the beginning of the year that this would be one of the most important years of our program just because of how much success we’ve had in the past and whether or not we were going to be able to transition from one pitcher (Stacey Nelson) to another and Stephanie certainly answered that call.”

Brombacher answered the call Sunday and she didn’t have to wait long to get all the support she needed thanks to Schutte. Schutte’s grand slam, the first of her Florida career and 15th home run of the season, was the only ball that left the infield in a five-run first inning. FIU starter Kasey Barrett couldn’t find the plate and when she did, Schutte was there to jump all over an offering on the outside corner to drive it off the scoreboard in left center field.

Barrett (19-13) walked leadoff batter Michelle Moultrie on four pitches and followed that up by hitting Aja Paculba. After Kelsey Bruder loaded the bases when her hard grounder to second was booted by Brie Rojas, Barrett plated the first run by hitting Francesca Enea in the knee. That set the stage for Schutte who went the opposite way for the first of Florida’s two home runs on the day.

“That’s been our game plan the whole year,” Walton said. “We’ve done a good job all season when you look at our statistical line of the number of walks, the number of hit by pitches — they’re greater than our strikeouts. We score runs in bunches and it’s not the first time we’ve scored five in an inning. You take what you’ve got and you’ve got to go with it.

“Our players did a great job; we really executed. That first inning was about as well executed a game plan as you could talk about. She had been leaving her pitches out over the inside part of the plate. We noticed that against UCF in the first inning two days ago — she hit a batter and walked a batter, a bit shaky at the start.  We went in with that game plan to look for a pitch over the inside part of the plate early and obviously Brittany Schutte is the opposite, she’s lefthanded so she was looking for a pitch outside early and she was able to get that.”

FIU put up a first inning fight by bunching three hits and an error for two runs off Brombacher, but their joy was short-lived. Brombacher settled down and gave up only one hit the rest of the way, a solo home run by Rojas in the fourth. For the day, Brombacher (32-6, 1.97 ERA) faced 20 batters and used an efficient 84 pitches in her third consecutive dominating performance.

In games one and two of the Gainesville Regional, Brombacher pitched shutout softball, allowing only a combined four hits while striking out 18. Walton said there was no hesitation to give Brombacher the start for the third straight day.

“The way she pitched the last two games, I’ve got to give her the ball,” Walton said. “She had to have the ball today and really pitched well. I know she didn’t pitch the way she would like to — (Jennifer) Rocha our pitching coach doesn’t like to give up any runs and three is too many for her — but I still think Stephanie did a good job of pitching today.”

The Gators piled on to their lead in the third with two more runs. Megan Bush smacked a one-out double to left and one out later Corrie Brooks, who hits eighth in the lineup, hit a towering two-run homer over the left field fence, her ninth home run and the 100th homer the Gators have hit this year.

This is Walton’s fifth season as Florida’s head coach and in every season the Gators have broken the school record for home runs in a season. Walton said it’s all about the way the Gators approach things.

“It’s just about the way we practice and the way we mentally approach hitting and how good that lineup is from one through nine,” Walton said. “Your eight hole hitter hits a 270-foot home run and does it regularly.”

FIU switched pitchers in the fourth, bringing in Jennifer Gniadek but she fared no better against the Florida lineup, which parlayed three hits, a walk, a hit batter and a wild pitch into five runs.

Paculba got things started with a one-out walk and she moved to third when Kelsey Bruder bounced a single through the right side of the infield with Bruder taking second on the throw. Enea got hit for the second time in the game to load the bases for Schutte, who walked on four pitches to drive home Paculba. Bush followed that up with a two-run single that extended Florida’s lead to 10-2 and send Schutte to third. Schutte came home on a wild pitch and Bush finished out the scoring when she came home on a hard single by Tiffany DeFelice, whose scorching one-hopper caromed off the glove of third baseman Kelsey Grabiak and into left field.

The Gators finished off the Panthers with a single run the fifth with a Bruder opposite field single to left, a walk to Schutte and a towering pop fly by Bush that dropped between Rojas, center fielder Seldi Soberon and right fielder Ashley McClain.

GAME NOTES: Brombacher moved into a tie for second place with Stacey Stephens (74-6) on the all-time wins list. Brombacher is 74-6 for her career … Brombacher has 534 strikeouts for her career. With four more she will move past Chelsey Sakizzle into fourth place all-time … Enea has been hit by a pitch 11 times this season and 28 times in her Florida career. Enea also had an RBI, the 65th of the season and 221st of her career. She is the all-time SEC leader in home runs with 61 … The home run by Brooks was the 25th of her career, good for seventh place all time.

SOFTBALL

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE / FINAL STANDINGS

Eastern Division Conference Overall

Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct.


Florida 20-4 .833 46-8 .852

Georgia 18-8 .692 46-11 .807

Tennessee 17-8 .680 45-13 .776

Kentucky 13-15 .464 32-27 .542

South Carolina 1-27 .036 11-40 .216

Western Division Conference Overall

Team W-L Pct. W-L Pct.


Alabama 23-4 .852 51-9 .850

Louisiana State 20-8 .714 45-16 .738

Auburn 11-17 .393 31-26 .544

Arkansas 10-18.357 28-29 .491

Mississippi 8-19 .296 29-27 .518

Mississippi State 7-20 .259 26-29 .473

NCAA DIVISION I SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

Seeds (as of May 16): 1. Alabama (SEC) 48-9; 2. Michigan (Big Ten) 46-6; 3. Washington (Pac-10) 45-6; 4. Florida (SEC) 43-8; 5. UCLA (Pac-10) 40-11; 6. Georgia (SEC) 43-11; 7. Texas (Big 12) 42-13; 8. Georgia Tech (ACC) 49-9; 9. Missouri (Big 12) 46-11; 10. Arizona (Pac-10) 43-11; 11. California (Pac-10) 41-17; 12. Louisiana State (SEC) 44-14; 13. Arizona State (Pac-10) 41-15; 14. Oklahoma (Big 12) 43-10; 15. Tennessee (SEC) 42-13; 16. Hawaii (WAC) 44-13.

REGIONALS / Double-elimination tournaments at campus sites

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. / University of Alabama / Alabama Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21


Game 1: Lipscomb 4, UAB 1

Game 2: (1) Alabama 9, Alcorn State 0 (5)

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (1) Alabama 5, Lipscomb 2

Game 4: UAB 10, Alcorn State 1. Alcorn State eliminated.

Game 5: Lipscomb 7, UAB 6 (9). UAB eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (1) Alabama 6, Lipscomb 0. Alabama (51-9) advances to Super Regional; Lipscomb eliminated.

STANFORD, Calif. / Stanford University / Smith Family Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (16) Hawaii 10, UC Davis 2 (5)

Game 2: Stanford 5, Texas Tech 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (16) Hawaii 6, Stanford 3

Game 4: Texas Tech 1, UC Davis 0. UC Davis eliminated.

Game 5: Texas Tech 6, Stanford 3. Stanford eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (16) Hawaii 7, Texas Tech 1. Hawaii (46-13) advances to Super Regional; Texas Tech eliminated.

COLUMBIA, Mo. / University of Missouri / University Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Illinois 4, DePaul 2

Game 2: (9) Missouri 3, Creighton 2

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (9) Missouri 3, Illinois 1

Game 4: DePaul 3, Creighton 2 (9). Creighton eliminated.

Game 5: Illinois 9, DePaul 1. DePaul eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (9) Missouri 4, Illinois 2. Missouri (49-11) advances to Super Regional; Illinois eliminated.

ATLANTA, Ga./ Georgia Institute of Technology / Mewborn Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Oregon 1, Auburn 0

Game 2: (8) Georgia Tech 5, Jacksonville State 3

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: Oregon 11, (8) Georgia Tech 2 (5)

Game 4: Auburn 15, Jacksonville State 1 (6). Jacksonville State eliminated.

Game 5: (8) Georgia Tech 4, Auburn 1. Auburn eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: Oregon 4, (8) Georgia Tech 3 (8). Oregon (36-19) advances to Super Regional; Georgia Tech eliminated.

LOS ANGELES / University of California, Los Angeles / Easton Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: San Diego State 3, Fresno State 2

Game 2: (5) UCLA 11, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (5) UCLA 4, San Diego State 3

Game 4: Fresno State 6, Saint Mary’s 0. Saint Mary’s eliminated.

Game 5: Fresno State 4, San Diego State 3. San Diego State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (5) UCLA 7, Fresno State 2. UCLA (43-11) advances to Super Regional; Fresno State eliminated.

BATON ROUGE, La. / Louisiana State University / Tiger Park

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Louisiana-Lafayette 5, Texas A&M 0

Game 2: (12) Louisiana State 6, McNeese State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: Louisiana-Lafayette 1, (12) Louisiana State 0

Game 4: Texas A&M 2, McNeese State 0. McNeese State eliminated.

Game 5: Texas A&M 1, (12) Louisiana State 0. Louisiana State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Texas A&M 1. Louisiana-Lafayette (45-16) advances to Super Regional; Texas A&M eliminated.

AMHERST, Mass. / University of Massachusetts / UMass Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (13) Arizona State 6, Boston University 1

Game 2: Long Island 3, Massachusetts 1

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (13) Arizona State 3, Long Island 2

Game 4: Boston University 10, Massachusetts 4. Massachusetts eliminated.

Game 5: Long Island 5, Boston University 4. Boston University eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (13) Arizona State 9, Long Island 1 (5). Arizona State (44-15) advances to Super Regional; Long Island eliminated.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. / University of Florida / Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: UCF 7, FIU 1

Game 2: (4) Florida 6, Bethune-Cookman 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (4) Florida 6, UCF 0

Game 4: FIU 2, Bethune-Cookman 0 (10). Bethune-Cookman eliminated.

Game 5: FIU 7, UCF 0. UCF eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (4) Florida 13, FIU 3 (5). Florida (46-8) advances to Super Regional; FIU eliminated.

SEATTLE, Wash. / University of Washington / Husky Softball Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: North Carolina 1, Nebraska 0

Game 2: (3) Washington 3, North Dakota State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (3) Washington 1, North Carolina 0

Game 4: Nebraska 5, North Dakota State 1. North Dakota State eliminated.

Game 5: North Carolina (41-19) vs. Game 4 winner, ppd. to Sunday

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 5: North Carolina 1, Nebraska 0 (8). Nebraska eliminated.

Game 6: (3) Washington 2, North Carolina 1 (8). Washington (48-6) advances to Super Regional; North Carolina eliminated.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. / University of Maryland / Robert E. Taylor Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (14) Oklahoma 10, Syracuse 0 (5)

Game 2: Fordham 2, Maryland 1

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (14) Oklahoma 1, Fordham 0

Game 4: Maryland 4, Syracuse 1. Syracuse eliminated.

Game 5: Fordham 5, Maryland 2. Maryland eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (14) Oklahoma, 2, Fordham 0. Oklahoma (46-10) advances to Super Regional; Fordham eliminated.

COLUMBUS, Ohio / Ohio State University / Buckeye Field

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: (11) California 10, Bucknell 0 (5)

Game 2: Kentucky vs. Ohio State, suspended with Kentucky leading 3-0 in the top of the fourth inning

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 2: Kentucky 6, Ohio State 5 (resumption of suspended game)

Game 3: (11) California (42-17) 1, Kentucky 0

Game 4: Ohio State 6, Bucknell 0. Bucknell eliminated.

Game 5: Ohio State 5, Kentucky 3. Kentucky eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (11) California 7, Ohio State 0. California (44-17) advances to Super Regional; Ohio State eliminated.

ATHENS, Ga. / University of Georgia / UGA Softball Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Florida State 10, Radford 1 (5)

Game 2: (6) Georgia 10, Elon 4

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (6) Georgia 5, Florida State 2

Game 4: Radford 8, Elon 0 (5). Elon eliminated.

Game 5: Radford 3, Florida State 2. Florida State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (6) Georgia 8, Radford 1. Georgia (46-11) advances to Super Regional; Radford eliminated.

AUSTIN, Texas / University of Texas / McCombs Field

THURSDAY / May 20

Game 1: Brigham Young 1, East Carolina 0

Game 2: (7) Texas 6, Iona 0

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 3: Brigham Young 9, (7) Texas 8

Game 4: East Carolina 3, Iona 0. Iona eliminated.

Game 5: East Carolina 1, (7) Texas 0. Texas eliminated.

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 6: Brigham Young 8, East Carolina 3. Brigham Young (46-11) advances to Super Regional; East Carolina eliminated.

TUCSON, Ariz. / University of Arizona / Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Hofstra 8, Oklahoma State 6

Game 2: (10) Arizona 9, Cornell 0 (5)

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (10) Arizona 6, Hofstra 0

Game 4: Oklahoma State 7, Cornell 0. Cornell eliminated.

Game 5: Hofstra 5, Oklahoma State 2. Oklahoma State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (10) Arizona 10, Hofstra 6 (12). Arizona (46-11) advances to Super Regional; Hofstra eliminated.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. / University of Tennessee / Sherri Parker Lee Stadium

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Virginia 1, Louisville 0

Game 2: (15) Tennessee 5, Ball State 0

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 3: (15) Tennessee 11, Virginia 2

Game 4: Louisville 5, Ball State 1. Ball State eliminated.

Game 5: Louisville 7, Virginia 4. Louisville eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (15) Tennessee 3, Louisville 1. Tennessee (45-13) advances to Super Regional; Louisville eliminated.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. / University of Michigan / Alumni Field at Wilpon Softball Complex

FRIDAY / May 21

Game 1: Notre Dame 1, Illinois State 0 (8)

Game 2: Wright State vs. (2) Michigan, suspended with Michigan leading 8-2 in the bottom of the fourth

SATURDAY / May 22

Game 2: (2) Michigan 11, Wright State 2 (6) (resumption of suspended game)

Game 3: (2) Michigan 8, Notre Dame 0 (5)

Game 4: Wright State 10, Illinois State 8. Illinois State eliminated.

Game 5: Notre Dame 6, Wright State 5. Wright State eliminated.

SUNDAY / May 23

Game 6: (2) Michigan 12, Notre Dame 2. Michigan (49-6) advances to Super Regional; Notre Dame eliminated.

SUPER REGIONALS / Best-of-three series at campus site of higher seed / May 28-30

(16) Hawaii (47-13) at (1) Alabama (51-9)

Oregon (36-19) at (9) Missouri (49-11)

Louisiana-Lafayette (45-16) at (5) UCLA (43-11)

(13) Arizona State (44-15) at (4) Florida (46-8)

(14) Oklahoma (46-10) at (3) Washington (48-6)

(11) California (44-17) at (6) Georgia (46-11)

Brigham Young (46-11) at (10) Arizona (45-11)

(15) Tennessee (45-13) at (2) Michigan (49-6)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES / Oklahoma City, Okla. / ASA Hall of Fame Stadium / Two-bracket, double-elimination / June 3-6

THURSDAY / June 3

Game 1: 1 p.m.

Game 2: 3 p.m.

Game 3: 6 p.m.

Game 4: 8 p.m.

FRIDAY / June 4

Game 5: 7 p.m.

Game 6: 9 p.m.

SATURDAY / June 5

Game 7: 12 p.m.

Game 8: 2 p.m.

Game 9: 7 p.m.

Game 10: 9 p.m.

SUNDAY / June 6

Game 11: 1 p.m.

Game 12: 3 p.m.

Game 13: 7 p.m. (if necessary)

Game 14: 9 p.m. (if necessary)

CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES / Best-of-three / June 7-9

MONDAY / June 7


Game 1: 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

TUESDAY / June 8

Game 2: 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

WEDNESDAY / June 9

Game 3: 8 p.m. (if necessary) (ESPN2)

RANKINGS

May 11, 2010

GATORCOUNTRY.Com TOP 25 / NCAA REGIONAL WRAPUP


The GatorCountry.com Top 25 college softball teams for May 11, a cumulative ranking using the ESPN.com/USA Softball Division I and USA Today/NFCA Division I polls. First-place votes are in parentheses (There was no USA Today/NFCA Division I poll May 17):

School (record), NCAA regional, next

1. Washington (48-6) beat North Carolina, 2-1 (8), to win Seattle (Wash.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Oklahoma in Game 1 of best-of-3 Seattle (Wash.) Super Regional series.

2. Michigan (49-6) beat Notre Dame, 12-2, to win Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Tennessee in Game 1 of best-of-3 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Super Regional series.

3. Alabama (51-9) beat Lipscomb, 6-0, to win Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Hawaii in Game 1 of best-of-3 Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Super Regional series.

4. Arizona (46-11) beat Hofstra, 10-6 (12), to win Tucson (Ariz.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Brigham Young in first game of best-of-3 Tucson (Ariz.) Super Regional series.

5. Florida (46-8) beat FIU, 13-3 (5), to win Gainesville (Fla.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Arizona State in first game of best-of-3 Gainesville (Fla.) Super Regional.

6. UCLA (43-11) beat Fresno State, 7-2, to win Los Angeles (Calif.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in first game of best-of-3 Los Angeles (Calif.) Super Regional.

7. Georgia Tech (51-11) lost to Oregon, 4-3 (8), in Atlanta (Ga.) Regional. Next: Season over.

8. Georgia (46-11) beat Radford, 8-1, to win Athens (Ga.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. California in first game of best-of-3 Athens (Ga.) Super Regional series.

9. Oklahoma (46-10) beat Fordham, 2-0, to win the College Park (Md.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Washington in first game of best-of-3 Seattle (Wash.) Super Regional series.

10. Arizona State (44-15) beat Long Island, 9-1 (5), to win Amherst (Mass.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Florida in first game of best-of-3 Gainesville (Fla.) Super Regional series.

11. Missouri (49-11) beat Illinois, 4-2, to win Columbia (Mo.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Oregon in first game of best-of-3 Columbia (Mo.) Super Regional series.

12. Texas (43-15) did not play in Austin (Texas) Regional. Next: Season over.

13. California (44-17) beat Ohio State, 7-0, to win Columbus (Ohio) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Georgia in first game of best-of-3 Athens (Ga.) Super Regional series.

14. Louisiana State (45-16) did not play In Baton Rouge (La.) Regional. Next: Season over.

15. Oklahoma State (44-16) did not play in Tucson (Ariz.) Regional. Next: Season over.

16. Tennessee (45-13) beat Louisville, 3-1, to win Knoxville (Tenn.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Michigan in first game of best-of-3 Ann Arbor (Mich.) Super Regional series.

17. Stanford (37-19) did not play in Stanford (Calif.) Regional. Next: Season over.

18. Illinois (45-8) lost to Missouri, 4-2, in Columbia (Mo.) Regional. Next: Season over.

19. Texas A&M (44-16) lost to Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-1, in Baton Rouge (La.) Regional. Next: Season over.

20. Ohio State (39-14) lost to California, 7-0, in Columbus (Ohio) Regional. Next: Season over.

21. Oregon (36-19) beat Georgia Tech, 4-3 (8), to win Atlanta (Ga.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Missouri in Game 1 of best-of-3 Columbia (Mo.) Super Regional series.

22. Hawaii (47-13) beat Texas Tech, 7-1, to win Stanford (Calif.) Regional. Next: Friday vs. Alabama in first game of best-of-3 Tuscaloosa Super Regional series.

23. Massachusetts (42-10-1) did not play in Amherst (Mass.) Regional. Next: Season over.

24. Florida State (44-18) did not play in Athens (Ga.) Regional. Next: Season over.

25. Notre Dame (47-12) lost to Michigan, 12-2, in Ann Arbor (Mich.) Regional. Next: Season over.

ESPN.com / USA SOFTBALL COLLEGIATE TOP 25

May 17, 2010

1. Washington (45-6); 2. Michigan (46-6); 3. Alabama (48-9); 4. UCLA (40-11); 5. Florida (43-8); 6. Arizona (43-11); 7. Georgia Tech (49-9); 8. Oklahoma (43-10); 9. Georgia (43-11); 10. Louisiana State (44-14); 11. Arizona State (41-15); 12. Texas (42-13); 13. California (41-17); 14. Missouri (46-11); 15. Tennessee (42-13); 16. Stanford (36-17); 17. Illinois (43-6); 18.Texas A&M (42-14); 19. Hawaii (44-13); 20. Oklahoma State (43-14); 21. (tie) Ohio State (37-12) and Oregon (33-19); 23. Massachusetts (42-8-1); 24. Florida State (43-16); 25. Notre Dame (45-10).

USA TODAY/NATIONAL FASTPITCH COACHES ASSOCIATION

May 10, 2010

1. Washington (43-5); 2. Michigan (44-6); 3. Arizona (42-9); 4. Alabama (45-9); 5. UCLA (38-10); 6. Florida (42-7); 7. Georgia Tech (46-9); 8. Missouri (44-10); 9. Georgia (43-10); 10. Arizona State (40-13); 11. Oklahoma (40-10); 12. California (38-17); 13. Texas (41-12); 14. Oklahoma State (43-14); 15. Stanford (33-17); 16. Tennessee (42-12); 17. Louisiana State (42-13); 18. Illinois (39-6); 19. Ohio State (35-12); 20. Texas A&M (41-13); 21. Massachusetts (38-7-1); 22. Oregon (33-16); 23. Hawaii (41-12); 24. Notre Dame (44-9); 25. Florida State (41-15).

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