Softball Puts Up Big Seventh to Pull Away at Providence
March 29, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kirsten Verdun pitched a three-hit shutout and the DePaul softball team rallied for seven runs in the seventh to pull away from Providence late in a 7-0 win on Saturday at Raymond Field.
DePaul (19-8, 3-0 BIG EAST) bounced back from two straight losses in a mid-week series at Louisville to stay undefeated in conference play, while the Friars dropped to 1-16 (0-4 BIG EAST).
Morgan Maize led the Blue Demons with three hits in four trips to the plate, scoring and knocking in a run. Dylan Christensen, Allie Braden and Staci Bonezek each added 2-for-4 lines as DePaul collected 13 hits.
Verdun (13-5) did not allow a run or extra-base hit, striking out seven in her fourth shutout of the season.
Friars starter Taylor Huntly (0-11) matched Verdun frame-for-frame over the first six innings until the Blue Demons broke out in a seventh inning that got out of hand quickly.
Providence committed two errors as DePaul racked up eight hits and scored seven times to put the game away. The big knock was a two-run double by Christensen, as Mary Connolly and Maize also provided RBI singles.
DePaul returns to the field immediately, playing the second game of a doubleheader against the Friars before capping the series tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul shut out its eighth opponent of the year... Maize tied a career-high with her three-hit performance... Verdun recorded her fourth shutout of the season and 28th of her career, moving into third all-time in DePaul softball history in shutouts... her sixth strikeout of the game was the 800th of her career, a plateau only reached previously by Lindsay Chouinard (964) and Becca Heteniak (858)... Verdun's complete game was the 89th of her career, moving her into a tie for fourth all-time with Sarah Martz (2001-04)...