Verdun Blanks Seton Hall With First Career No-Hitter
April 5, 2014
CHICAGO - DePaul ace Kirsten Verdun recorded the first no-hitter of her career in relaxing fashion in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader.
She was sitting back in the Cacciatore Stadium dugout and watching as the Blue Demons put the finishing touches on an 8-0 BIG EAST Conference victory over Seton Hall that was shortened to six innings by the run rule.
"It's awesome to get my first no-hitter, but it's more important that our team gets the win," said Verdun, who improved to 15-5 on the season. "I've been close to a no-hitter several times, so it's nice to finish the deal.
"My teammates made it easier for me. I didn't have to go out and pitch the seventh inning."
Verdun was dominant from the opening pitch in this NFCA "StriKeout Cancer" fund-raising game, allowing just two Pirate base-runners over six innings.
The senior lefthander had four strikeouts and set Seton Hall (9-21, 3-1 in the BIG EAST) down in order four times.
Pinch-hitter Maxine Rodriguez was hit by a pitch to bring home the seventh run. Bonezek followed with a bases-loaded walk to invoke the run rule.
DePaul went for the sweep in game two with Connolly in the pitching circle.
NOTES: Verdun pitched DePaul's first no-hitter since Bree Brown accomplished the feat on April 17, 2010... Brown went five innings in the 9-0, run-rule victory over Rutgers... the last seven-inning Blue Demon no-hitter was Becca Heteniak's gem on April 18, 2009 in a 5-0 win over Rutgers... Verdun only needed 77 pitches on Saturday and faced two batters over the minimum... this was DePaul's fourth win in a row... Christensen and Maize each had a pair of RBIs... Connolly had three hits while Verdun, Braden and Bonezek each had two hits in DePaul's 12-hit attack... the Blue Demons coaxed five walks out of three Pirate pitchers.
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