DePaul Suffers Another Run-Rule Setback
Feb. 15, 2013
HOUSTON - This simply wasn't DePaul's day.
The Blue Demons endured their second straight run-rule loss Friday in a 9-1, five-inning loss to Houston at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invite.
Earlier in the day, DePaul had dropped a 13-0 decision in five innings to No. 6/6 Texas.
"It was more of the same," said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. "Just like the Texas game, poor execution all the way around.
"(Starting pitcher) Kirsten Verdun was bad. The defense was bad. We dropped one popup and should have caught another one.
"Our seniors and juniors were pretty bad all the way around. Our first four hitters were one-for-the-day. When you get no production from the top of your order, what are you going to do?"
Houston (5-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Diedre Outon's three-run home run.
The Cougars responded with two more runs in their half of the inning on Reina Gaber's two-out, two-run single.
Then came the clincher. In the bottom of the fifth, Houston pushed across four runs. Pinch-hitter Tess Soefje's two-run double with two out triggered the run rule.
"Morgan Maize came in for Verdun and did okay until a big error in the fifth inning," Lenti said. "Then, she fell apart a little.
"All we can do is let this whole day go and get back to work tomorrow."
The Blue Demons take on Illinois at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
NOTES: DePaul is now 2-2 in run-rule games this season... Maize came on in relief for the second time on Friday and retired the Cougars in order in the fourth... Lenti pointed out that the top of his batting order of Samantha Dodd, Allie Braden, Verdun and Mary Connolly went a combined 1-for-17 at the plate on Friday... Coronado was 2-for-2 against Houston with a run scored... Bonezek was 1-for-2 with DePaul's lone RBI.