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Connolly's Go-Ahead Double Sends Softball to 3-1 Win at Illinois State
Junior Mary Connolly had the go-ahead double in the fifth inning as DePaul won its seventh-straight game.

Junior Mary Connolly had the go-ahead double in the fifth inning as DePaul won its seventh-straight game.

April 9, 2014

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NORMAL, Ill. - Mary Connolly delivered the go-ahead run with an RBI double in the fifth as DePaul hung on for its seventh-straight win, 3-1, on Wednesday at Illinois State.

DePaul improved to 25-8 overall behind some timely hitting and another dominant performance in the circle by senior Kirsten Verdun. The Blue Demons' senior ace improved to 17-5 by striking out 10 Redbirds over seven innings of one-run ball.

Verdun also kick-started the offense with a lead-off home run to left, marking her second straight outing with a game-opening blast.

Illinois State battled back in the second, however, crossing the plate on a passed ball to tie things up at 1-1.

The contest remained square until the fifth when Verdun drew a one-out walk. Pinch runner Marsha' Pendilton then advanced to second on a ground out before Connolly ripped a double to give DePaul a 2-1 lead with her 28th RBI of the season.

Leading 2-1 in the seventh, Allie Braden connected for a one-out double to right center. Connolly followed by working a walk before Christensen added an insurance run with a base hit up the middle to score Braden.

DePaul returns to action on Thursday, playing Loyola in an "away" game at Cacciatore Stadium -- the event was originally scheduled to be played at Loyola, but poor field conditions forced the move to Lincoln Park. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CT.

Notes: DePaul is 18-0 when holding opponents to two or less runs... it was the seventh consecutive win for the Blue Demons... the Redbirds lead the all-time series 19-15-2... DePaul has now out-scored its opponents 46-16 in the first inning... Connolly extended her team-best hitting streak to eight games, during which she has hit .560 (14-for-25) with seven runs, two home runs and 10 RBI... Braden also extended her hitting streak to seven straight and has reached base in 12 consecutive games... it was her 13th multi-hit game of the season... Verdun hit a lead-off homer for the second straight game... it was the 36th homer of her career...