No. 18/18 Louisville Deals DePaul First Loss of Season
Feb. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Everything that went so well for DePaul on a very good Friday headed totally in the opposite direction on Saturday morning.
After winning the first two games of the season by a combined score of 20-0, the Blue Demons saw No. 18/18 Louisville erupt for six runs in the fourth inning of an 8-2 loss at the Sportco Kick-Off Classic.
Louisville (2-1) scored the first run without a hit. A leadoff walk by starting pitcher Kirsten Verdun, back-to-back errors and a hit-by-pitcher gave DePaul its first deficit of the season.
A bases-loaded walk made it 2-0 before Kayla Soles cleared the bases with a triple to right field. Katie Keller singled Soles home.
That's when Hannah Penna came on in relief of Verdun and closed out the inning.
DePaul (2-1) got two of those runs back in their half of the fourth behind Brittany Boesel's bases-loaded walk and Ali Warren's RBI groundout. The Cardinals added on in the top of the sixth with a bases-loaded groundout and scored again an inning later on a wild pitch.
DePaul had chances to get on the scoreboard in the first two innings. With two out in the bottom of the first, Verdun singled and Mary Connolly doubled. Unfortunately, Megan Coronado left them on base.
Louisville threatened in the third inning with a pair of two-out singles. But Verdun was up to the challenge and struck out the Cardinals' most dangerous hitter Alicja Wolny for the second time in the game.
The Blue Demons look to bounce back against Minnesota in a game that was scheduled for 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
NOTES: Marsha' Pendilton recorded her first collegiate hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh... Morgan Maize fouled out in her first collegiate at-bat... Coronado was 1-for-2 and scored a run... Paige Peterson was 1-for-3 and scored a run... Connolly had the team's only extra-base hit with her double in the first inning... Verdun gave up six runs in 3.1 innings but none were earned runs... Penna gave up two runs in 3.2 innings.