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DePaul Takes Close Opener Against Seton Hall, 5-4
Bree Brown launched her first home run of the season in the fifth inning.

Bree Brown launched her first home run of the season in the fifth inning.

April 3, 2013

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CHICAGO - In the first game of a midweek doubleheader, the DePaul softball team snuck past visiting Seton Hall 5-4 on Wednesday at Cacciatore Stadium.

With the win, DePaul improved to 19-13 and 6-1 in the BIG EAST. Seton Hall dropped to 11-17 and 1-6 in the conference.

Starting pitcher Kirsten Verdun tossed a complete game for the Blue Demons, allowing four runs and striking out nine en route to her 13th win of the season. DePaul got on the board first in the fourth, establishing a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs on a sacrifice fly to center by Verdun and a Seton Hall error.

Meanwhile, Verdun cruised through four innings without allowing a hit and striking out five.

Seton Hall tallied three in the fifth to grab their first lead of the game, but the Blue Demons knotted the score immediately in the bottom half of the inning. Leading off, Bree Brown launched her first home run of the season to left and tied things up, 3-3.

Verdun settled back down to fan three Pirates in the sixth and the Blue Demons backed her up in the bottom half as Coronado led off the inning with a bunt single.

Next up, sophomore Staci Bonezek launched her fourth home run of the season to left field to make it a 5-3 Blue Demon advantage.

The Pirates got a run back in the seventh on a RBI single by DeLuca, but Verdun managed to wiggle out of a two-on, one out jam to earn the win.