Loss to No. 6/6 Texas is DePaul's Fifth in a Row
Feb. 17, 2013
HOUSTON - After the latest setback, you can imagine DePaul softball coach Eugene Lenti looking up at the sky and saying: "Houston, we have a problem."
DePaul's 9-0 loss in six innings to undefeated No. 6/6 Texas on Sunday was the Blue Demons' fifth in a row after opening the season 4-1.
Then again, very few teams in the entire country could have beaten the sizzling Longhorns this weekend.
Texas went 5-0 at the Hilton Houston Plaza Invite and outscored DePaul, Houston and Illinois by a combined 52-2. The 12 runs the Longhorns pushed across against Illinois on Saturday were the most for a single inning in school history.
Sunday's game against DePaul (4-6) was a microcosm of the weekend for both teams as Taylor Thom hit her second home run to invoke the run rule. Four of the five Longhorn wins were shortened by the eight-run rule
"I went out and talked to (relief pitcher) Morgan Maize before that last at-bat," Lenti said. "Thom already had a home run and two other hits. We had first base open, so I told Morgan to stay off the plate.
"Sure enough, two pitches later, she hits the home run.
"We're not getting quality pitching. We are giving up home runs, walks and making wild pitches. That's the first thing we have to fix when we get back home."
Right after that, Lenti will address the lack of offense. In going 0-5 over the weekend, the Blue Demons scored just two runs on 12 hits.
In contrast, Texas, Houston and Illinois combined to score 40 runs on 44 hits against Blue Demon pitching.
Texas (11-0) scored in the bottom of the first Sunday on a Thom RBI single. Taylor Hoagland smacked a two-run double in the second inning.
Thom and Holly Kern hit solo home runs in the fifth inning and Lindsey Stephens had an RBI single. DePaul's lone hit came in the fifth inning when Megan Coronado doubled to center field.
"Nobody was going to beat Texas this weekend," Lenti said. "Then again, nobody wins a national championship in February. As bad as it was, we didn't lose anything this weekend. This didn't make or break our season.
"We'll go back to work on Tuesday focusing on our pitching and hitting. We made some errors this weekend, but those were on tough plays and that's going to happen.
"The most important thing is to get our pitching back on track."
DePaul returns to action on Friday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Clearwater, Fla. where the Blue Demons are the defending champion.
NOTES: Maize relieved starting pitcher Hannah Penna in the sixth inning and gave up three runs... Penna had limited Texas to three runs in the first four innings before surrendering three in the fifth... in five innings, Penna gave up five earned runs on 10 hits with two strikeouts and two walks... Coronado was 3-for-11 over the weekend and Samantha Dodd was 3-for-11 with an RBI... Staci Bonezek was 2-for-7 with an RBI in Houston... the 3-4-5 hitters in DePaul's lineup went 3-for-35 with Coronado getting all three hits at the Houston Invite.