Tarulli-Fisher Leads Blue Demons Past Marshall
ATHENS, Ga. For the second time this season Jackie Tarulli-Fisher knocked a game-changing home run that led the No. 10/8 DePaul softball team past Marshall, 6-5 Sunday at the Red and Black Showcase at the UGA Softball Stadium. The Blue Demons improve to 3-2, while Marshall falls to 3-2 on the season.
Tarulli-Fisher finished the game with three RBI which were all earned on a homer in the top of the sixth inning. The junior led a quartet of players with a pair of hits: Amber Patton, Marcy Wilus and Stephanie Blagaich all collected two hits in the win.
A leadoff single in the second inning, by Marshall's Rachael Sofie came back to haunt the Blue Demons. After singling to right field, Sofie scored on Melanie Stoehr's RBI-single to left center.
After squandering a bases loaded opportunity in the top of the third inning, Blagaich ripped an RBI single to left field to knot the game at one in the fourth. Blagaich's single scored a sliding Wilus, who beat the throw from right field.
The Thundering Herd wasted no time taking their lead back as they scored four runs on just three hits and capitalized on a two-out dropped fly ball in the infield. Kristina Knecht and Rachel Folden were each credited with RBI-singles in inning for Marshall.
Down 5-1, the Blue Demons scored a single run in the fifth on Simone Ashkar's pinch hit RBI single up the middle.
DePaul's offense kicked into high gear in the sixth as Marie Thompson, Blagaich and Tara Voss all singled to start the frame before Tarulli-Fisher's three-run bomb over the left field wall.
Marshall put runners on first and second with two outs, but with her 100th pitch DePaul starter Becca Heteniak got Sofie to groundout and end the ballgame.
Heteniak (2-2) threw a complete game, scattering seven hits while striking out three and walking two. Only two of Marshall's five runs were earned.
Crystal Jackson (1-2) took the loss. She gave-up 12 hits, struck out two and walked one.
The Blue Demons finish the Red and Black Showcase with an 11 a.m. game with the College of Charleston.