Bonezek, Peterson, Braden Blast Blue Demons Past Providence
March 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - If you're in a slugfest, it's certainly good to have Staci Bonezek on your side.
For the second game in a row, Bonezek's power made the difference in a 13-6 BIG EAST Conference victory over Providence on Saturday.
In the first game of a doubleheader, Bonezek's two-run blast in the sixth inning resulted in a 5-3 win in the Blue Demons' conference opener.
Her three-run home run in the sixth inning of the nightcap culminated a five-run outburst that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 10-6 lead.
"It was like a home run fest out there," said Bonezek who was 5-for-7 in the doubleheader with two home runs, six RBIs and three runs. "We just kept on hitting.
"Allie Braden's leadoff home run in the sixth inning was awesome because it tied the game at 6-6. It gave us a spark and everyone on the team just wanted to keep going.
"My home run came on the first pitch. I knew I hit it hard, but I wasn't sure it was going out."
Everything seemed to be going out on a day when a strong, gusty wind was blowing out.
"The wind was a big factor, and you had players hitting opposite-field home runs," said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti as both teams combined to hit six homers in the second game and 10 for the doubleheader.
"It's a smaller park, and we took advantage of it. Everyone hit well, and Staci had the best day of all. Our defense was spectacular, and we didn't make a single error all day."
Providence (9-15, 0-2 in the BIG EAST) took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Jessie Bryant's two-run home run over the center-field fence.
Back came DePaul (15-12, 2-0) with three runs in the fourth thanks to a pair of hits, two errors, two stolen bases and a walk.
Stephanie Kiesel's solo home run in the bottom of the fourth triggered a power surge that saw the two teams combine for five homers in three innings.
Paige Peterson responded to Kiesel's clout with a two-run home run in the top of the fifth. Providence's Kristie Dederick retaliated with a three-run bomb in the bottom of the inning.
The Blue Demons finished off this mini home run derby with Braden and Bonezek's blasts in the sixth inning.
"I didn't realize I had hit both home runs in the sixth inning," Bonezek said. "It was exciting with all the hitting we were doing. Everybody wanted to keep on battling and win this game."
DePaul will close out the three-game series with a 10 a.m. game on Sunday.
NOTES: Bree Brown made her season debut in the nightcap and went 1-for-3 with a run scored... the senior infielder had missed the first 26 games with an injury... in addition to Bonezek's sparkling performance, Mary Connolly was 5-for-9 in the doubleheader with a run scored... Braden went 4-for-8 on the day with a home run, an RBI and two runs... Kirsten Verdun was 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs... after taking the collar in the opener, Samantha Dodd was 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run in game two... Peterson was 2-for-8 but hit her first home run of the season and added three RBIs and two runs... Megan Coronado was2-for-9 with two RBIs and two runs... the unofficial home run derby was a draw as DePaul and Providence each hit five on the day.