Blue Demons Beat Hoyas 9-1, Stay Perfect in Conference Play
April 13, 2014
CHICAGO - DePaul softball erupted for seven runs in the third inning, finishing off a sweep of Georgetown in a 9-1 game on Sunday at Cacciatore Stadium.
The Blue Demons (29-8, 10-0 BIG EAST) remained perfect in conference play and beat the Hoyas for the 10th straight time, getting unbelievable production from their 1-2-3 hitters.
The top three bats in the Blue Demon lineup -- Kirsten Verdun, Allie Braden and Mary Connolly -- combined for seven hits in eight trips to the plate, ripping three doubles and a homer. Braden, Ali Lenti and Gena Lenti each knocked in a pair of runs as DePaul recorded 10 hits in its sixth five-inning win of the season.
Verdun (21-5), meanwhile, carried a perfect game into the fifth inning before hitting a batter and allowing one run in the fifth frame. DePaul's senior ace recorded her fifth win of the week, allowing just one hit and striking out three in 4.1 innings.
"Verdun did a great job pitching," said head coach Eugene Lenti. "You would have liked to see her get the perfect game or no-hitter, but that just shows you how difficult it is to do. It was just the hit batsman and one hit. After that, we took her out and let Hannah Penna finish up."
Georgetown's Lauren O'Leary surrendered eight earned runs in four innings, dropping to 9-9 overall as Georgetown fell to 19-18 (7-5 BIG EAST).
Verdun led off the game with a double to right field and Braden followed with a double of her own, shooting the ball over the Hoya centerfielder to put DePaul on the board. A single by Connolly and fielder's choice by Nicole Pihl brought Braden around and gave DePaul a 2-0 advantage after one.
In the third, Verdun led off with a solo shot to left field -- her fifth homer of the season -- to make it a 3-0 score. The floodgates then opened up as DePaul scored six more times with big two-run hits by both Lenti's -- Gena and Ali.
Verdun mowed the Hoyas down in order for the fourth time in a row as DePaul led 9-0 heading into the fifth, but hit a batter to start the final frame. After losing the perfect game, a fielder's choice and RBI single put Georgetown on the board.
Hannah Penna was then summoned from the bullpen to get the final two outs, which she did, getting a fielder's choice and strikeout to close the game.
"The weekend sweep was big," said Verdun. "We control our own destiny. If we can win out in the BIG EAST, that will put us in a great place. We have a tough game this week at Illinois and then three more at Creighton."
DePaul returns to action on Wednesday, facing in-state rival Illinois on the road. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul won its 11th straight... Verdun, Braden and Connolly hit 1-2-3 in the game and were a combined 7-for-8 with a homer and three doubles... the Blue Demons improved to 10-0 all-time against Georgetown... DePaul is now 21-0 when holding opponents to two runs or less... the Blue Demons have out-scored opponents 55-16 in the first inning this season, adding two runs in the first today... DePaul has out-scored BIG EAST opposition 80-13... Connolly extended her team and season-high hitting streak to 12 straight games, during which she is 21-for-39 (.538)… Braden extended her hitting streak to 11 straight and has now reached base in 16 straight…