DePaul's Late Collapse Results in 3-2, Extra-Inning Loss to Connecticut
May 4, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - DePaul was three outs away from a tidy BIG EAST Conference victory on Saturday when the roof caved in.
Connecticut scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning and was then the benefactor of a bases-loaded error an inning later in the Blue Demons' 3-2 loss in the opener of a doubleheader.
After being shut out by DePaul ace Kirsten Verdun the first six innings, the Huskies began playing like their playoff life depended on it--which it does.
UConn (27-24, 8-12) is locked in a seven-team struggle for the final four berths in the BIG EAST Championship tournament.
The Huskies scored on a fielder's choice and Alyssa Gardea's two-out, RBI single in the seventh. Until then, Verdun (21-12) had scattered five hits while striking out nine.
In the eighth, Kim Silva led off with a single and advanced to third on an error. Verdun issued a pair of walks to load the bases for the force-out at home. Silva scored the winning run on another error.
The disappointing finish marred a good outing by Verdun and some terrific clutch hitting by Hannah Penna.
The DePaul ace struck out seven of the first 13 batters she faced and wound up with 10 strikeouts while giving up one earned run and eight hits.
Penna delivered a pair of two-out, RBI singles that appeared to be enough for the Blue Demons as Verdun retired the first 11 batters and struck out the side in the second.
The junior left-hander got into a jam in the bottom of the sixth, but center-fielder Amanda Mener had her back with a perfect throw to nail a Huskie runner at third base.