Connolly's One-Hitter, Three RBI Lead DePaul to 8-0 Win Over Fordham
Junior Mary Connolly fired a one-hitter and knocked in three runs as DePaul swept day two in Charleston.

Feb. 15, 2014

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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Mary Connolly fired a one-hitter and plated three runs as DePaul softball swept its second day at the College of Charleston Classic, beating Fordham 8-0 in a complete victory on Saturday at Patriots Point Athletic Complex.

Connolly got the win (1-1) in her second start of the year for the Blue Demons, who improved to 6-3 on the year. The junior slugger was a dual threat, firing seven scoreless innings and driving in three runs with a pair of hits.

"It was a good day today, we got exactly what we were looking for with two great pitching performances," said head coach Eugene Lenti. "Today was probably the best game Mary has ever pitched. She had a no-hitter through six innings and the only hit she allowed was a weak infield hit."

"Any day you get an SEC win and a win against a preseason A-10 favorite, you'll take it."

The winner in a 3-0 decision over Ole Miss in game one, Kirsten Verdun launched her first home run of the season in the first inning to get DePaul on the board and there was no looking back as the Blue Demons improved to 6-0 on the year when scoring first.

Freshman Nicole Pihl recorded her first career triple, knocking in two runs. Classmates Micah Fitzgerald and Dylan Christensen both recorded two-hit games as well to supplement the offense.

Fordham fell to 3-3 on the year with the loss as DePaul's offense got to the reigning Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Week, Michele Daubman, for five runs in three innings.

DePaul exploded for four runs in the top of the first inning, beginning with an infield single by Fitzgerald. Verdun then connected on an 0-2 pitch, sending it over the right field fence for her first home run of the season. Following three consecutive singles, Connolly singled to left-center to score Dylan Christensen and Pihl and make it a 4-0 lead.

In the third, Christensen doubled with one out to set up another scoring opportunity for DePaul. Batting next, Connolly did some more damage with a double to left to make it a 5-0 lead.

The Blue Demons added two more runs in the fourth after Pihl tripled to score Verdun and Megan Coronado for her first career RBIs.

Gena Lenti scored on a passed ball in the seventh for DePaul's final run. 

DePaul gets back to action tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. CT in their final game of the weekend against Kansas. 

"Kansas has a pretty good pitcher and we're going to send our dominant pitcher," said Lenti. "It's the same formula as always. We have to have Verdun do her job and play some good defense behind her and be opportunistic on offense."

Notes: DePaul improves to 6-0 when scoring first... Verdun's home run was the 31st of her career, lifting her into a tie for third-place with Karen Stewart (1996-99) in the DePaul record book... it was her first homer since May 5, 2013 at UConn... Pihl's triple was the first of her career and her two RBI were also the first of her career... Connolly won in the circle for the second time in her career and the first time since May 4, 2013 at UConn... it was her first career shutout and second complete game of the season... DePaul's eight runs tied a season high... Allie Braden saw a five-game hitting streak snapped...



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