Blue Demons Extend Streak, Sweep Bluejays in 8-4 Road Win
April 19, 2014
OMAHA, Neb. - For the second straight day, Nicole Pihl connected for a three-run homer off Creighton ace Becca Changstrom in the first inning and DePaul rolled to a road win, 8-4, on Saturday at the CU Sports Complex.
DePaul won its 15th straight game and swept the series, improving to 33-8 and 13-0 in BIG EAST play. The Blue Demons are riding their longest winning streak since 2011. Creighton fell to 25-19 and 6-8 in conference play with its fifth straight loss.
Senior Hannah Penna (5-1) got the start and pitched three innings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs. Mary Connolly came on in relief in the fourth and finished out the game, allowing just two unearned runs over four innings for her first save of the season.
Pihl got to Changstrom for the second time in as many days, lifting another three-run homer in the first inning to give DePaul a 3-0 lead after its first trip to the plate.
Creighton would get back to within one, but Coronado ripped a two-run triple in the top of the fourth and came around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Kirsten Verdun to make it 6-2 after four.
The Bluejays added a run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, but DePaul got two more in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Allie Braden and a sacrifice fly by Connolly.
The Bluejays managed just one more run in the bottom of the seventh as Connolly closed the door.
DePaul returns to action Saturday, April 26 against Villanova with a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. CT.
Notes: DePaul has won 15 straight games, its longest streak since winning 16 consecutive games in 2011... Pihl hit her second three-run homer in as many days (both coming in the first inning off Becca Changstrom)... Coronado's triple was her team-leading third of the season... Pihl's homer was the fifth of her season... Connolly's save was the second of her career and first since 2012... DePaul has out-scored its opponents 61-17 in the first inning of games this season... Verdun has reached base in 19 straight games... the win was No. 1,299 in program history...