Another Rough Landing for DePaul in Houston
Staci Bonezek was 1-for-1 with a walk in DePaul's 5-1 loss to Houston on Saturday.

Feb. 16, 2013

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HOUSTON - Eugene Lenti is doing everything he can to bring his DePaul softball team out of a tailspin.

Unfortunately, none of those tactics worked in Saturday's 5-0 loss to Houston at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invite.

It was the fourth loss in a row for the Blue Demons, who earlier in the day fell to Illinois 4-1.

"You try different things," Lenti said. "Practice a little extra with them. Talk to them. Try different things with the lineup.

"When you're playing in a weekend tournament, you can get hot and go 4-1 like we did last weekend in Las Vegas. Or, you can struggle like we are now and not be able to adjust."

DePaul (4-5) managed just two hits against the Cougars, one by Staci Bonezek and the other by freshman Morgan Maize. Starting pitcher Kirsten Verdun held down Houston (7-2) the first three innings before running into trouble.

Taylor Duplechain's RBI triple in the fourth inning staked the host team to a 1-0 lead. Julia Pecina led off the fifth inning by taking a Verdun pitch beyond the left-field fence.

Houston parlayed a three singles, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly into three runs in the top of the sixth.

"Bad pitching, bad defense, absolutely zero offense," Lenti said. "It's more of the same. We're barely treading water.

"Hannah Penna pitched a very good game against Illinois in our first game today. But we fell apart defensively behind her and only scored one run.

"In our second game, Verdun gave up three walks, a home run, triple and double. She got hit pretty hard."

Lenti was hoping a combination of Megan Coronado, Lenti and Mary Connolly in the middle of the batting order would generate some offense.

"We didn't have anything going offensively all day," Lenti said. "When your best hitters, the 3-4-5 spots in the lineup, go oh-for-the-day---that's a recipe for disaster.

"All you can do is regroup, come back tomorrow and hopefully do a lot better."

The Blue Demons take on No. 6/6 Texas at 9 a.m. Sunday.

NOTES: DePaul has scored two runs in four games at the Hilton Houston Invite... the Blue Demons have 11 hits in those four games... Penna has been the most effective pitcher, giving up one earned run in seven innings... in the two Saturday games, Samantha Dodd was 2-for-6 with an RBI... Allie Braden, Maize and Bonezek each went 1-for-3... Paige Peterson was 1-for-5 with a run scored.



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