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Verdun Wins 10th Game as DePaul Softball Beats Cal State Fullerton, 5-2
Junior Mary Connolly slugged her sixth homer of the season in Saturday's win over Cal State Fullerton.

Junior Mary Connolly slugged her sixth homer of the season in Saturday's win over Cal State Fullerton.

March 15, 2014

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Kirsten Verdun fired a complete game, claiming her 10th win of the season as DePaul beat the Titan Classic hosts, Cal State Fullerton, 5-2 in the second half of its Saturday doubleheader at Anderson Field.

The Blue Demons improved to 16-6 overall behind their senior ace, who struck out nine, and earned a weekend split by winning both Saturday contests. Cal State Fullerton dropped to 17-12 overall with the setback.

Mary Connolly smacked her team-leading sixth homer in the first inning to give her team the early lead, while Morgan Maize and Nicole Pihl also added run-scoring hits for the Blue Demons. Shortstop Allie Braden went 2-for-4, crossing the plate twice.

DePaul led 1-0 off Connolly's blast through three full innings before Braden connected on a lead-off single to start the Blue Demon fourth. She would eventually come around to score on a base hit by Maize, giving DePaul a 2-0 advantage.

The Titans got a run back in the bottom of the fourth on a solo shot to make it 2-1 and held it there until the top of the sixth when DePaul added three more runs to pull away.

The frame began with a Braden double before a ground out and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Kali Gardner, who worked a full count before drawing an RBI walk to score Braden. Batting next, Pihl singled on a shot down the right field line to bring in two more Blue Demons and solidify the lead.

Cal State Fullerton answered with a run in the home-half of the sixth, but Verdun struck out two-of-three in the seventh to retire the side in order and seal the win.

DePaul returns home next Saturday, March 22 for its home opening weekend, facing St. John's in a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. CT. 

Notes: Verdun won for the 10th time this season and 82nd time in her career... the Blue Demons improved to 10-0 when holding their opponent to two runs or less... the Blue Demons are also 12-2 when scoring befor their opponent... Connolly's homer was the sixth of her season and 21st of her career...