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Pair of Three-Run Home Runs Not Enough for DePaul
Staci Bonezek (above) and Morgan Maize hit three-run home runs in Saturday's 7-6 loss to Penn State.


Staci Bonezek (above) and Morgan Maize hit three-run home runs in Saturday's 7-6 loss to Penn State.

March 16, 2013

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FULLERTON, Calif. - Staci Bonezek's first home run of the season and Morgan Maize's first career home run were not quite enough for DePaul on Saturday evening.

Despite Bonezek's three-run blast in the second inning and Maize's three-run shot in the sixth, the Blue Demons lost 7-6 to Penn State at the Judi Garman Classic.

It dropped DePaul to 1-3 at the Classic and 13-11 on the season.

Bonezek came to the plate in her first at-bat Saturday as one of the Blue Demons' hottest hitters since arriving in southern California. The sophomore third baseman had gone 2-for-6 in her first three Classic games with a double and an RBI.

A walk to Mary Connolly and a Paige Peterson single preceded Bonezek's bomb over the left-field fence that provided a 3-1 lead.

Penn State (7-15) retaliated with four runs in the fourth inning, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Cassidy Bell doubled in the top of the fourth, advanced on an illegal pitch and scored on an error. Later in the inning, Taylor Abeyta smacked a three-run, bases-loaded double after two outs.

An inning later, Bell struck again. This time she singled to center, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and came home on a fielder's choice. Macy Jones' RBI double in the sixth put the Nittany Lions in front 7-3.

Just when Penn State breathed a sigh of relief, back came the Blue Demons.

Once again, it was Connolly and Peterson who set the table.

Connolly led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and Peterson followed with a base hit. Pinch-hitting for Kali Gardner, Maize launched a deep drive over the center-field fence that brought DePaul within 7-6.

Kirsten Verdun came on in relief of starting pitcher Hannah Penna and struck out the side in the seventh. But the Blue Demons could not come up with the tying run.

DePaul took on No. 9/10 Texas at 10 p.m. Saturday in its Judi Garman Classic finale.