Feb. 11, 2018
CHICAGO – Domination in the center circle was the story for the DePaul softball team on Sunday morning as starting pitcher Missy Zoch mowed through the Northern Colorado lineup to pitch a no-hitter in her fourth appearance of the 2018 season.
The right-hander tallied five strikeouts against the Bears and did not surrender a walk while facing the minimum to pick up her fourth win of the weekend. Zoch's no-hit bid was lasted achieved in the 2014 season when Kirsten Verdun blanked Seton Hall on April 5 at Cacciatore Stadium.
“Today’s win is the typical type of performance that we are looking for all season long—strong defense, great pitching, and timely hitting,” said DePaul head softball coach Eugene Lenti. “These are the things you have to do to win championships, regionals, and how you get to the World Series. Missy’s performance today was spectacular, and she had probably one of the best singled-out weekend pitching performances in our program’s history. I can’t say more about how well our defense played this weekend.”
With the stout defense behind Zoch, the Blue Demons plated two runs in the top of the third to defeat the Bears 2-0. Centerfielder Angela Scalzitti hit a double down the left field line and later came around to score on an RBI-double to left-center by left fielder Kate Polucha. The Blue Demons pushed their advantage to 2-0 seven pitches later as first baseman Morgan Greenwood lifted a bloop single to center, scoring Polucha.
With Sunday’s victory against Northern Colorado, DePaul ends its first weekend of play with a 5-0 record.
The Blue Demons will now take three days off from play before heading to Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to compete in the Cougar Classic, hosted by College of Charleston, Feb. 15-17. During the tournament, DePaul will face Charleston on Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. They will then battle Longwood (9 a.m.) and Iona (1:30 p.m.) on Friday, Feb. 16 before finishing tournament play against Northern Illinois (9 a.m.) and Presbyterian (11:15 a.m.) on Saturday.
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•Sunday’s win in the center circle is Zoch’s third complete-game shutout victory in 2018.
•Zoch carries a 0.30 ERA, striking out 23 in 23.2 innings of work. She has only allowed nine hits and one earned run.
•Scalzitti leads the Blue Demons with a .471 batting average, collecting eight hits in her first five games.
•Coach Lenti continued to near the 1,300 career wins mark with 1,297 as of Sunday. That mark currently places him fifth all-time in NCAA history and fourth all-time among active coaches.
•DePaul softball has won 1,393 games dating back to its first season in 1977.
•Greenwood and Alysia Rodriguez lead DePaul with five RBIs apiece in the first five games.