DePaul Comes Up Short Against No. 15 Arkansas
May 18, 2018

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – DePaul came face-to-face with a boisterous partisan crowd Friday that was going hog-wild over its beloved Razorbacks.

Every one of Bogle Park’s 1,280 chair-back seats were filled with an overflow of fans sitting on the grassy berm just beyond the outfield fence to witness the Blue Demons falling 2-0 to No. 15 Arkansas in the first NCAA softball regional ever hosted in this fan-friendly college town.

DePaul (35-16) moves into an elimination game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Oklahoma State (38-22). It’s the first time coach Eugene Lenti’s program has faced the Cowgirls in NCAA postseason play.

The Blue Demons went pitch-for-pitch with one of the top teams in the nation and acquitted themselves well against the Razorbacks and their dominant freshman ace before a crowd of nearly 2,000.

Winning pitcher Mary Haff did not give up a hit until the fifth inning and finished with a two-hitter in improving her record to 27-6 for the NCAA Tournament’s No. 13 seed.

It was scoreless after two innings with Blue Demon starter Missy Zoch striking out three. The only hitter to reach was the Razorbacks’ Ashley Diaz with a two-out walk in the first.

Arkansas (40-15) broke through in the bottom of the third when RBI singles by Haydi Bugarin and Autumn Buczek gave the home team an early 2-0 lead.

The Razorbacks threatened in the fourth with two-on and two-out when BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year Pat Moore came on in relief and closed out the inning.

Megan Leyva canceled the postgame show for Haff with an infield single to lead off the fifth inning. But Haff recovered to induce a popup and then record back-to-back strikeouts.

Haydn Christensen led off the sixth with a single to right but was stranded at first.

Postgame Notes
--This was the first time DePaul has faced Arkansas in NCAA tournament play.
--The Blue Demons are 45-40 all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
--Against the host school in the NCAA postseason, DePaul is 12-15.
--Friday marked the 20th NCAA tournament appearance for Lenti’s program that has advanced to the Women’s College World Series four times and the NCAA regional finals seven times.
--Friday’s setback snapped the Blue Demons’ four-game winning streak.
--Wichita State knocked off Oklahoma State 8-2 in the first game of the regional on Friday.


 

 

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