May 28, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Francesca Enea and Megan Bush homered and Stacey Nelson threw a two-hitter against the nation's top scoring offense as top-seeded Florida beat Arizona 3-0 Thursday night.
Nelson (40-3) gave up singles to the Wildcats' first two batters, but then didn't give up another hit for her 21st shutout of the season. The Gators (61-3) haven't given up a run in 38 of their 61 wins this season.
Arizona coach Mike Candrea gambled by going with starter Lindsey Sisk instead of ace Sarah Akamine. Sisk (13-5) had struck out a career-high 14 in relief as Arizona rallied to beat Stanford and advance to the World Series, but gave up both home runs before being relieved by Akamine in the second inning.
Brittany Lastrapes led off the game with a single into shallow left, followed up by K'Lee Arredondo's bloop into right. Jenae Leles grounded out to move the runners over, but Stacie Chambers struck out and Sam Banister popped up to leave the duo stranded in scoring position.
Single-season UF home run record-holder Enea belted a two-out, two-run shot after Leles turned a double play in the bottom half of the first. The long ball gave the Gators a 2-0 lead after one.
Victoria Kemp's one-out walk was spoiled by consecutive strikeouts in the Arizona second.
After giving up her second jack of the game - a solo shot by Megan Bush to leadoff the second, Sisk was given the hook in favor of Akamine. The junior allowed a hit, but struck out three to end the inning down 3-0.
Akamine then threw five innings of scoreless relief for the Wildcats (46-16).
Up Next: Arizona will face Alabama in an elimination game for the second straight season on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. Tucson time).