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Bonezek, Verdun Spark DePaul Past Providence in BIG EAST Opener
Staci Bonezek had a two-run home run and RBI double in Saturday's 5-3 BIG EAST win over Providence.


Staci Bonezek had a two-run home run and RBI double in Saturday's 5-3 BIG EAST win over Providence.

March 23, 2013

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Staci Bonezek and Kirsten Verdun and made sure DePaul got off to good start in Saturday's BIG EAST Conference season opener.

Bonezek hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs while Verdun smashed a two-run home run and was the winning pitcher in the Blue Demons' 5-3 victory Saturday over Providence in the opener of a doubleheader.

After Providence had drawn within 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Bonezek delivered her second home run of the season with pinch-runner Amanda Mener aboard.

DePaul (14-12, 1-0) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Morgan Maize reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on Bonezek's RBI double.

Providence (9-14, 0-1) responded with a run in the bottom of the inning when Shanelle Harrell hit a solo home run. The Friars went on to load the bases with two out when Verdun induced an inning-ending groundout.

Allie Braden led off the third with a double. With two out, Verdun came through with the shot over the left-field fence---her third homer of the season.

The home team had two runners on base with two out in the bottom of the fourth when Verdun struck out Danielle Deraney.

The Friars drew within 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Megan Rollings walked, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, to third on a groundout and scored on Harrell's double to center field.

After Bonezek's blast, Providence got one back on Sara Kitterman's leadoff homer in the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Friars had runners on first and second with one out when Verdun (10-6) struck out Stephanie Kiesel and Kitterman.

Bonezek wound up going 3-for-3 with the homer and three RBIs. Both Braden and Connolly had two hits while Verdun had the home run and two RBIs. In the circle, Verdun gave up three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

Game two of the twin bill was scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m.