Pitching Falters in No. 25 DePaul's Loss to Fordham

Feb. 19, 2011

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CLEARWATER, Fla. - Every so often, you're going to have a game like this.

Nothing went right for No. 25 DePaul in Saturday's 9-3 loss to Fordham at the USF Tournament.

Right after the Blue Demons had squeaked out a 1-0, eight-inning decision over Alabama-Birmingham earlier in the day, Fordham jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

DePaul (7-2) battled back to tie it 3-3 thanks to Ali Warren's RBI double in the bottom of the second and Bree Brown's two-run home run in the third.

But starting pitcher Lindsey Dean, whose five-inning relief pitching stint last week had led the Blue Demons past No. 22 Ohio State, didn't have her best stuff. In five innings, Dean gave up five runs and nine hits.

Fordham (4-4) wound up scoring six runs in the final three innings off Dean and relief pitcher Hannah Penna.

"The pitching wasn't there at all," said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. "Lindsey didn't have it, and our defense didn't help out when it could have.

"We came back to tie it 3-3, but then they re-took the lead and brought in their best pitcher (All-American Jen Mineau). It was going to be tough to get anything off of her."

Mineau pitched the final three innings and held the Blue Demons to one hit.

Lenti had played quite a hunch in the UAB game, sending Dean to pinch-hit in the bottom of the eighth with the bases loaded.

It was Dean's first at-bat of the season, and it came with the bases loaded and one out.

"You watch a lot in practice and notice that Lindsey is good at making contact," Lenti said. "We couldn't get anyone to come through with a big hit all game.

"I put Lindsey in, and the first pitch, she hit it hard to the right of the second baseman. It was a huge hit (scoring Bree Brown).

"I tell our players all the time that at some point, they're all going to be called upon to be the hero."

The Blue Demons could have used a few of those against Fordham.

"I didn't think we played well all day," Lenti said. "We were actually fortunate to come away with one win. UAB is a pretty good team.

"If we can play well tomorrow and beat USF, we'll come out of here 4-1. I'd say that's a good trip."

NOTES: DePaul and Fordham are each 3-1 at the USF Tournament with Fordham owning the head-to-head tie-breaker... the Blue Demons can claim the tournament title with a win over USF on Sunday combined with a Fordham loss to UAB, which is 2-2 in tournament competition... freshman Penna saw her first action in the circle, but had a rough outing giving up three earned runs... Alex Morocco, Brown (home run), Samantha Dodd, Kirsten Verdun (double) and Warren (double).



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