Blue Demons Top Georgetown for Ninth Win in a Row
Staci Bonezek drove in the winning run in Saturday's 7-6 BIG EAST win over Georgetown.

April 12, 2014

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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.

Hannah Penna sacrificed both runners and pinch-hitter Kali Gardner was issued an intentional walk. Staci Bonezek came through with a single to left field that plated Fitzgerald with the winning run.

DePaul (27-8, 8-0) jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opener of a doubleheader when Pihl's single to right field brought home Kirsten Verdun and Mary Connolly.

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.



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