DePaul Falters Late in Loss to Providence
May 5, 2012
CHICAGO - This final softball weekend at Cacciatore Stadium this year was about finishing strong and saying farewell.
DePaul got off to a rough start with a 3-2 BIG EAST Conference loss to Providence on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
It snapped a four-game Blue Demon winning streak.
DePaul coach Eugene Lenti's theme is for his team to culminate the regular season with an impressive finishing kick to surge into the BIG EAST Championship tournament beginning Thursday at Notre Dame.
Providence (17-34, 7-12) was down to its last strike when Jen Abrams' two-run single in the top of the seventh gave the Friars a 3-2 lead.
Allie Braden had led off the sixth with her second single of the game and took second on a Friar error. Paige Peterson sacrificed her to third. Bree Brown's ground ball to the right side brought Braden home for a 2-1 Blue Demon lead.
Braden reached on a two-base error leading off the fourth inning and proceeded to steal third. Peterson came through with a clutch RBI single to right field for a 1-0 lead.
Providence tied it 1-1 in the top of the sixth when Marie Flego's bloop single to center brought in Stephanie Kiesel. Samantha Dodd made a diving effort on the play, but the ball popped out of her glove.
Blue Demon ace Kirsten Verdun walked a pair of Friars in the top of the second with one out. After a brief conference with Lenti, Verdun closed out the inning with a strikeout and popup. She gave up five hits and struck out 10.
DePaul (32-19, 12-8) had a golden opportunity in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with no outs. But Staci Bonezek flied out to center, Ciezki lined out hard to third and Samantha Dodd grounded out.
The Blue Demons had runners on second and third with two out in the fifth but could not capitalize.