DePaul's Two-Out Rally Falls Short in Loss to Cal State Northridge
March 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS - DePaul almost came up with an incredible finish on Saturday.
But the two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh inning came up short in a 4-2 loss to Cal State Northridge at the Eller Media Stadium Classic
The setback snapped a five-game winning streak.
With the tying runs in scoring position, all Paige Peterson needed was a solid base hit. She almost won the game with a long blast over the left-field fence that curved into foul territory. The next pitch, she flied out to center.
"It was a case of too little, too late," said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. "We didn't take advantage of all the chances we had earlier in the game. We left nine runners on base, and that's too many in a two-run game."
DePaul (10-8) had runners on second and third with one out in the first inning but couldn't get on the scoreboard. The Blue Demons had runners on first and second with one out in the fourth and again came up empty.
Their best chance for a big inning came in the sixth with bases loaded and only one out. But Morgan Maize hit into a double play.
Maize did shine in the pitching circle with three scoreless innings in relief of starter Hannah Penna. She responded to a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the top of the seventh with back-to-back pop-ups and a fly out.
Northridge's Abby Linn singled with two outs in the top of the third inning and Mikayla Thielges followed with a two-run shot over the left-field fence.
An inning later, Ariana Wassmer's two-run single down the left-field line gave the Matadors a 4-0 lead. Cal State Northridge improved to 8-13 on the season.
"Our pitching was pretty poor," Lenti said. "We had to get Hannah out of there after she gave up four earned runs in three innings against a team whose strength is not their hitting."
Along with Maize's three relief innings, Mary Connolly pitched one inning.
"Allie Braden (2-for-4) is doing a ton for us out there," Lenti said. "She's playing really well. But our offense just didn't execute when we had our chances."
The Blue Demons will take on host UNLV at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
NOTES: An issue with watering the Eller Media Stadium field on Saturday morning caused a one-hour delay in Saturday's games... Braden had the only multi-hit game for DePaul in addition to the RBI and a run scored... Coronado was 1-for-3 with an RBI while Verdun and Connolly were both 1-for-3... Gena Lenti was 1-for-2 with a double... Dodd went 1-for-4 with a run... Penna gave up four runs on six hits in three innings with three strikeouts and one walk... Maize gave up just one hit in three innings with a pair of strikeouts... DePaul's pitchers gave up a total of six walks to Northridge.