Blue Demons Top Georgetown for Ninth Win in a Row
April 12, 2014
CHICAGO - This one wasn't pretty.
DePaul managed to overcome five errors Saturday in a 7-6 BIG EAST Conference victory over Georgetown at Cacciatore Stadium in the first round of a key three-game series.
The Blue Demons entered this "Showdown in Chi-Town" leading the BIG EAST with Georgetown in second place.
After giving up a four-run lead and allowing the Hoyas to tie the game 6-6 in the top of the seventh inning, DePaul came back to win it in the bottom of the seventh. It was the Blue Demons' ninth win in a row.
Dylan Christensen ignited the winning rally with a single and gave way to pinch-runner Micah Fitzgerald. Nicole Pihl's third hit of the game sent Fitzgerald to second. Marsha' Pendilton came on to run for Pihl.
Three Blue Demon errors in the third inning gave Georgetown (19-16, 7-3) its first run. Back came the home team in the bottom of the fourth as Allie Braden's double scored Bonezek. Christensen ripped a clutch two-out single that chased Verdun and Braden across home plate.
The 5-1 lead appeared pretty safe as starting pitcher Connolly was cruising along. But the Hoyas cut the deficit to two after their best player Megan Hyson hit a two-run homer to left field in the top of the sixth.
The Blue Demons had a rapid response. In their half of the inning, Gena Lenti ripped a double to left, advanced to third on a Verdun fly ball and scored on Braden's RBI sacrifice fly to center.
Verdun came on in relief of Connolly in the seventh and surrendered a one-out home run to Alessandra Gargicevich-Almeida.
With two outs and a runner on third, Verdun fielded a bunt and overthrew the first baseman. The ball went past the right-fielder Ali Lenti for another error resulting in two runs and tying the game at 6-6.
Verdun started for DePaul in game two.
NOTES: The nine-game winning streak is a season high... Connolly had two hits and extended her season-high hitting streak to 10 games during which she is hitting .545 (18-for-33) ...Braden had one hit and two RBIs as she extended her season-high hitting streak to nine games... Braden reached base for the 14th game in a row... Pihl had three hits while Connolly, Christensen and Bonezek each had two hits... winning pitcher Verdun improved her record to 19-5... Connolly saw a streak of 26.2 innings pitched without an earned run come to a close in the top of the sixth... the Blue Demons are outscoring opponents 51-16 in the first inning of games this season.