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Broward's Brombacher pitches perfect game for Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE -- Before we begin another day of overanalyzing Urban Meyer's WWF smack down of now famous and soon to be First Amendment hero/martyr/saint Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel, let's take a moment to point out some news that actually means something. That's right, folks, Stephanie Brombacher of the Florida Gators softball team pitched a perfect game on Thursday night.

The Plantation American Heritage grad faced 15 batters and sat them all down in a five-inning, 10-0 victory against South Florida. Brombacher's performance comes at an important time for 13th-ranked Florida (21-3, 4-1 SEC). The Gators travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., this weekend for a three-game series against the fifth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide (22-7). Saturday's 2:30 p.m. game will be on ESPNU. Two wins against Alabama would likely move Florida into second place in the Southeastern Conference (behind LSU).

Brombacher (17-3) needed just 56 pitches to retire her 15 batters on Thursday. It was the first perfect game for a Florida pitcher in six years. The junior right-hander struck out five USF Bulls to give her 116 strikeouts on the season.

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