Big Fifth Inning Helps Softball to 7-2 Win Over Seton Hall
April 5, 2014
CHICAGO - Junior Mary Connolly fired five innings, allowing just one unearned run and adding two RBI as DePaul softball finished off its second straight win on Saturday, beating Seton Hall 7-2 at Cacciatore Stadium.
The win moved DePaul to 23-8 and kept the team perfect in BIG EAST Conference play at 6-0. Seton Hall dropped to 9-23 and 3-2 in the league with the setback.
Connolly (4-2) fired five innings, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run before giving way to Hannah Penna for the final two frames.
"We did a good job of maintaining our momentum after yesterday," said Connolly. "It's easy to falter after beating a nationally-ranked team like Notre Dame, but we played great defense today -- especially Allie [Braden] and Morgan [Maize]. Kirsten pitched great with the no-hitter. Did I think about following up with back-to-back no-hitters? Absolutely."
Consecutive no-hitters would prove elusive, but Connolly surrendered just two hits during her days work while the Blue Demons racked up 10 to overwhelm another conference opponent. Allie Braden, Ali Lenti and Connolly each had two hit games as Connolly and Kali Gardner both recorded two RBIs.
It was scoreless until the third inning when Lenti led off with a double to left field. Megan Coronado followed with a single, advancing herself and the lead runner on a throw to the infield and setting up a run-scoring opportunity for the Blue Demons. Kirsten Verdun batted next and flew out to left field, as Lenti crossed and Coronado was gunned down at third on a nice play by SHU's Jackie DiPietro.
With two outs, Braden doubled and stole third before Connolly singled her home to give DePaul a 2-0 lead.
Seton Hall got one back in the fifth, but the bottom half would see DePaul score five runs to take a commanding lead. The big blow came on a pinch-hit, two-run single by Gardner.
Danielle Destaso homered to center field in the top of the sixth, but that would end the scoring for the day as Penna shut the door in the seventh.
The two teams will wrap up the series tomorrow with a single game scheduled for 11:00 a.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul improved to 17-0 this season when holding its opponent to two runs or less... the Blue Demons have now won 10 straight in the series and haven't lost to Seton Hall since April 4, 2009... DePaul has now out-scored its opponents 55-3 in six games... the Blue Demons have won five straight overall... Connolly went 5-for-7 on the day and now has a team-high 12 multi-hit games on the season... Connolly is also riding a six-game hitting streak... Braden has reached base in 10 straight games...