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Valparaiso Cancels Thursday's Game With DePaul
Megan Coronado went 3-for-3 with the game-winning hit in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Seton Hall.

Megan Coronado went 3-for-3 with the game-winning hit in Wednesday's 1-0 victory over Seton Hall.

April 28, 2011

CHICAGO – A cold and rainy spring took its toll on DePaul’s softball team Thursday as its scheduled nonconference game at Valparaiso has been canceled.

Rain from the last several days proved too much for the Crusaders’ VU Softball Field playing surface.

This is the second game the Blue Demons have lost to inclement weather in the last five days. Last Sunday’s series finale at Rutgers was also canceled.

“Their field just had too much water to play on,” said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. “That’s okay. This will give us a chance to work on a few things.

“We’ll still wind up playing six games this week, and we have five more games next week.

“Everybody in Chicago is still waiting for spring to arrive.”

DePaul (31-11) has won 11 games in a row and is on top of the BIG EAST Conference with a 14-1 record. Notre Dame is second at 11-1 and USF third at 12-3.

During the winning streak, the Blue Demons have outhit opponents .372-.276 and outscored them 88-39.

Along with the robust hitting, DePaul’s defense has been superb. The Blue Demons have made just two errors in the last 11 games compared to 18 by the opposition.

That has translated into DePaul being handed 20 unearned runs while its opponents have received two gift runs.

Megan Coronado has batted .556 during the winning streak while Allie Braden has hit .467.

Following that pair of freshmen are fellow classmate Kirsten Verdun (.448), Lynsey Ciezki (.438), Alex Morocco (.436), Samantha Dodd (.415), Sean Plese (.353), Marla Mathews (.333) and Lindsey Dean (.294).



Verdun has 15 RBIs and Dodd 14 RBIs in the 11-game stretch.

In the pitching circle, Dean is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.08 earned-run average during the winning streak. Verdun is 7-0 with a 3.72 ERA. Bree Brown is 1-0 with three saves.

In the last 11 games, DePaul is 7-0 on the road.

The Blue Demons open up a three-game series with Connecticut Saturday beginning with a noon doubleheader.

DePaul will join in the battle against cancer with a “Strike Out Cancer” event, and its players will be wearing special pink jerseys.

Strike Out Cancer is a nationwide initiative with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association joining forces with the American Cancer Society to help raise funds and spread awareness of this insidious disease.

The program leverages the personal experience, community leadership and professional excellence of softball coaches across the country to help increase cancer education.

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the American Cancer Society.