Feb. 10, 2018
DePaul vs. Eastern Kentucky Box
DePaul vs. Wright State Box
CHICAGO – The DePaul softball team remains unbeaten in 2018 as the Blue Demons improved to 4-0 on Saturday with a 4-0 win against Eastern Kentucky and an 8-4 victory against Wright State on day two of the Total Control Sports Invitational.
Against Eastern Kentucky, sophomore pitcher Missy Zoch recorded her second consecutive complete-game shutout in DePaul’s 4-0 win. The right-hander struck out a season-high eight batters, allowing just two hits in the contest.
At the plate, sophomore Angela Scalzitti had a career game for the Blue Demons as the centerfielder went 4-for-4 at the plate, recording four singles. That mark broke her previous single-game career high of two most recently achieved against UNLV on March 10, 2016.
DePaul jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the opening inning of the contest when a grounder to third by right fielder Megan Leyva scored Scalzitti. Previously in the inning, catcher Jessica Cothern put two Blue Demons in scoring position with a double to the left-center gap.
Two innings later, DePaul plated three insurance runs for the 4-0 tilt. With the bases loaded with back-to-back-to-back singles by Scalzitti, Kate Polucha, and Cothern, Leyva lifted a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Scalzitti for the 2-0 lead. Two pitches later, first baseman Morgan Greenwood reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in Polucha. Up 3-0, DePaul scored its final run against EKU with a sacrifice fly by second baseman Hadyn Christensen.
Zoch would pick up her second win of the season, allowing just two hits in the shutout.
In game two, DePaul picked up the season sweep of Wright State, defeating the Raiders for the second time in two days in a thrilling 8-4 slugfest. The Royal Blue and Scarlet powered out to a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third. Cothern drove in DePaul’s first run against WSU with an RBI-single up the middle. Two batters later, Greenwood lifted a two-run ground-rule double off the turf and over the left-center fence. Leading 3-0, third baseman Alysia Rodriguez made it 4-0 with an RBI-single up the gut.
Wright State remained silent on offense until the top of the fifth. The Raiders rallied to tie game at 4-4 behind a two-run single by Macey Gunter, an RBI-double by Honnah Susor, and an RBI-single by Lauren Deitrick. This offensive surge by the Raiders ended DePaul starting pitcher Pat Moore’s day in the center circle as Zoch came on in relief to escape the jam. Leading up to the fifth inning, Moore recorded eight strikeouts before being lifted.
While DePaul suffered a challenge top frame of the fifth, the Blue Demons responded with four runs of their own to regain an 8-4 lead and eventual victory. Rodriguez used a two-run, bases-clearing triple to left-center to put DePaul back on top 6-4. Later in the inning, Zoch aided her own effort in the center circle with an RBI-double to left. A throwing error by Wright State's first baseman allowed Zoch to score from third, giving DePaul the 8-4 edge.
Zoch went on to retire the final six Raider outs to record her third win of the season.
“Our first game against EKU was a complete effort, and we really faced a challenge against Wright State in game two,” said DePaul head softball coach Eugene Lenti. “Our defense saved the day while timely hitting came up big for us in the later innings. At the plate, Angela has things locked in and her timing on the swing is accurate and confident. Missy was clutch for us today with the complete game win against EKU and then a gutsy relief effort in game two. I thought we received some great defensive plays from Maranda [Gutierrez] and Alysia that kept us in the game. We look forward to tomorrow’s game against Northern Colorado and will be battling to end opening weekend off 5-0.”
DePaul closes out the Total Control Sports Invitational on Sunday against Northern Colorado. First pitch is set for 10 a.m. at the Dome at the Ballpark in Rosemont.
•Zoch has pitched two compete-game shutouts in 2018.
•Scalzitti’s four hits against Eastern Kentucky break her career single-game high of two hits.
•Coach Lenti has now tallied 1,296 career wins. That mark places him fifth all-time in NCAA history and fourth all-time among active coaches.
•DePaul softball has won 1,392 games dating back to its first season in 1977.
•Moore has racked up 18 strikeouts in two appearances.