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Torn Bicep Helps Florida Win Historic Title

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(In conjunction with D1Softball’s Top 50 Programs of the last decade project, staff writer Rhiannon Potkey will be providing an inside glimpse at a few of the programs and what’s helped make them successful. From unique traditions to milestone moments to program-changing players, all different angles will be explored)

Stephanie Brombacher gave her right arm so the University of Florida could win its first national title.

During the 2014 Women’s College World Series, the Gators – ranked No. 2 in D1Softball’s Top 50 programs of the last decade – were going through a practice in Oklahoma City. They were a victory away from securing a spot in the final series.

Brombacher was in the circle throwing batting practice to the Gators. She graduated from Florida in 2011, and was serving as a team manager while attending physician’s assistant school.

Brombacher flew to OKC between classes just so she could help prepare the team in any way possible. She was scheduled to fly back home the following day to take exams and watch the final WCWS games on television.

Brombacher had thrown BP for hours during her short stay, and was down to her final two batters at the practice.

Just as she let go of a pitch, she felt a pop. Everyone else on the field heard a pop.

The sound was so loud it startled Florida head coach Tim Walton.

“I assumed that someone hit the ball off the temporary pitching screen,” Walton said. “But I looked over and could see on Stephanie’s face it was something a lot more serious.”

 

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