BIG EAST champion faces James Madison Friday in NCAA Regional at Lexington, Ky.
Connolly's blast leads DePaul to longest winning streak since 2011
Verdun, Braden, Coronado, Penna to be honored at Senior Day postgame ceremony on Sunday
DePaul wins 11th straight game and goes to 10-0 in the BIG EAST with blowout win
DePaul opens critical three-game BIG EAST series with 7-6 win in opener of Saturday's doubleheader
CAREER HONORS & AWARDS
2014 (Senior Season):Hit game-deciding, pinch-hit three-run HR to beat No. 23/25 Notre Dame (4/4)... picked up first career save in 7-3 win at Creighton (4/18)... earned first win against Western Carolina, striking out 11 in six innings (2/14)... picked up two wins at NFCA Leadoff Classic, allowing just one extra base hit... named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for second time in career (2/24)... went 2-for-4 with two RBI in 10-6 comeback win against Rutgers... made first appearance of the season on the mound vs. Jacksonville (2/7).
2013 (Junior Season): Career-high four-hit, six RBI day vs. Seton Hall... career-high 12 strikeouts in complete-game shutout vs. Pittsburgh... smashed a dramatic pinch-hit, three-run home run to beat Notre Dame on Senior Day at Cacciatore Stadium... hit first career home run against Pacific... went 8-7 in the circle with a 3.42 ERA.
2012 (Sophomore Season): Held No. 1 California to one run on five hits in 2-0 loss... pitched a four-hit shutout against Hofstra... stopped Delaware on one run and three hits... combined with Kirsten Verdun for shutouts against Georgetown and Connecticut... named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll.
2011 (Freshman Season): Made first collegiate appearance against Fordham... ripped a hard grounder that brought home the winning run against No. 22 Ohio State... played in five games with three appearances in the pitching circle.
High School: Miami-Dade First Team pitcher as a senior after going 19-8 with a 1.02 ERA and 205 strikeouts while batting .380... second-team, All-State as a junior... led Southwest to district title game as a senior... two-time team MVP in softball and volleyball... academically top 10 percent of senior class... older sister Missy was an All-American pitcher at Stanford in 2009... Hannah pitched for the Dominican Republic National Team in the 2010 World Championships at Caracas, Venezuela.
Personal: Daughter of Robert and Lori Penna... has four brothers, Robert, Joseph, Matthew, Edward and five sisters, Anita, Melissa (Missy), Leanne, Heidi, Bethanie... majoring in Psychology.