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UF's Brombacher begins season with one-hit shutout

GAINESVILLE -- For all you college softball fans out there, here's a quick blog post on an emerging star. UF sophomore pitcher Stephanie Brombacher of Pembroke Pines tossed a one-hit shutout in her first start of the season on Saturday.

Brombacher led the Gators to an 8-0 victory in the second game of a three-game series. Florida defeated Baylor 3-0 in the first game and lost 1-0 in the third game. UF (2-1) travels to Jacksonville on Wednesday before hosting the Lipton Invitational this weekend. It's a big weekend for college softball fans. The tournament includes Texas Tech, South Alabama, FAU, Georgia Tech and Coastal Carolina.

Brombacher, who starred at Plantation American Heritage in high school, is one of two ultra-talented pitchers on the Gators' roster. Senior Stacy Nelson is the team's ace but Brombacher isn't far behind. On Tuesday, UF softball coach Tim Walton said UF has two No.1 pitchers. If you know anything about college softball, then you know two ace pitchers is more than enough to win a conference championship.

In a matter of full disclosure, I must confess that I'm a big Stephanie Brombacher fan. Back in the day, back when I proudly covered Broward County high school sports, I wrote this first-hand account of what it's like standing in the batter's box and facing Brombacher. CLICK ME! 

-jo-

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