DePaul Falls to No. 6/6 Texas in Tournament Opener
Ali Lenti recorded her first collegiate hit in Friday's loss to No. 6 Texas.

Feb. 15, 2013

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HOUSTON - It was best to put this game behind you and move on.

DePaul found out Friday morning why Texas is ranked No. 6 in the country by both national polls after a 13-0, five-inning loss to the Longhorns in the opening game of the Hilton Houston Plaza Invite.

Texas (7-0) was ahead 7-0 in the top of the fourth when Kim Bruins' grand slam home run highlighted a six-run outburst.

"The wheels kind of fell off and we struggled in every inning," said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. "Mary Connolly didn't come ready to throw, and the team struggled along with her.

"A couple of errors extended one of the innings, and you can't give extra outs to the No. 6 team in the country. At one point, Texas had seven runs on only four hits.

"The bright spots were Morgan Maize pitching well in the fifth inning and the play of Amanda Mener and Ali Lenti off the bench."

Maize retired the Longhorns in order while Mener had a walk and stolen base and Ali Lenti a base hit---the first of her collegiate career---in the fifth inning.

The Longhorns came out fast in the top of the first, combining two infield hits, two walks and five stolen bases into a three-run inning.

It was a rough beginning for sophomore right-hander Connolly who was making her first start of the season.

After adding on a run in the second inning, the Longhorns loaded the bases with no outs in the third. An error sent one runner across home plate and a one-out, hit-by-pitcher brought in the second run of the inning. A passed ball sent the third runner of the inning home and provided the early seven-run lead.

Samantha Dodd reached base twice with a walk in the first inning and a single to center field in the third. Brittany Boesel reached on a hit-by-pitcher in the second inning.

"Let's just forget about it and move on to the next one," coach Lenti said.

DePaul (4-2) looks to bounce back strong against Houston at 3 p.m. Friday.

NOTES: This was DePaul's third run-rule game of the season... the Blue Demons defeated UCF 11-0 and UNLV 9-0 in five-inning matchups last weekend in Las Vegas... freshman Morgan Maize made her collegiate debut in the pitching circle when she came on in relief of Connolly in the fifth inning... the right-hander from Leyden recorded two pop-ups and a strikeout... Ali Lenti recorded her first collegiate hit.



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