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Maize's Slam, Six RBI Help DePaul Cruise to 12-0 Win at Providence
Morgan Maize provided half of DePaul's offensive output in a 12-0 win, smacking a grand slam and two-run homer on Saturday.

Morgan Maize provided half of DePaul's offensive output in a 12-0 win, smacking a grand slam and two-run homer on Saturday.

March 29, 2014

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - After pulling away late in game one, DePaul softball made sure the second-half of its Saturday doubleheader was never in doubt. 

Mary Connolly pitched five shut out innings, allowing just three hits to pick up the win and the Blue Demons racked up their third-most runs of the season in a 12-0, five-inning rout against Providence at Raymond Field.

DePaul scored two in the first and added five in the third and fourth innings to improve to 20-8 overall and 4-0 in the BIG EAST. Providence dropped to 1-17 (0-5 BIG EAST) with the setback.

Connolly, who improved to 3-2 in the circle, also scored three times and delivered three hits in a perfect day at the plate. The junior slugger slammed her team-leading eighth home run in the third inning.

Sophomore Morgan Maize also had a big day, cracking two home runs and driving in a career-high six runs. Her second bomb of the day was a grand slam, the second of her season.

Kirsten Verdun and Connolly turned first-inning walks into runs, coming around on a single by Hannah Penna to give DePaul an early 2-0 advantage.

The floodgates opened up in the third when Connolly took a 1-1 pitch out of the yard to score Allie Braden. Staci Bonezek then doubled in Dylan Christensen and Maize added a two-run shot to cap the scoring as DePaul led 7-0 after three.

Bonezek was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth to make it 8-0 before Maize blasted her grand slam in the fourth to provide the final margin of victory.

DePaul and Providence wrap the three-game series with a final meeting tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT. 

Notes: DePaul's 12 runs were its third-highest total of the year... DePaul has now won seven straight against Providence, out-scoring the Friars 50-17 in those contests... the Blue Demons improved to 15-3 when scoring first and have now out-scored opponents 43-15 in the first inning this season... Connolly hit her team-leading eighth homer of the season... Maize's grand slam was the second of her season and the third by the Blue Demons in 2014... her two homers and six RBI were both career-bests... DePaul has won 16 of its past 21 games...