Softball Starts Season, 2-0
LAS VEGAS The No. 16/16 DePaul softball team started its 2009 season with a pair of wins at the Louisville Slugger/Desert Classic on Friday. The Blue Demons topped Oregon State 7-6 and followed that up with an 8-5 win over Southern Miss.
All-American pitcher Becca Heteniak (1-0) picked up the win over Oregon State and was credited with the save against Southern Miss. Sophomore Lindsay Dean (1-0) recorded with the win over Southern Miss. She struck out three in six innings of work. Heteniak finished the day with eight Ks in nine innings of action.
All-American Amber Patton led DePaul at the plate with a 4-for-8 effort. The senior lead-off hitter also had three stolen bases. Tara Voss recorded a pair of RBI in both games while Jackie Tarulli-Fisher tallied three RBI against Southern Miss. Heteniak added to her work in the circle against Oregon State with four RBI at the plate.
DePaul scored all seven of its runs in the first two innings against Oregon State. The Blue Demons posted five runs in the first and added two in the second. With a 1-0 lead in the first, Heteniak blasted a two-run home run to give the Blue Demons a 3-0 advantage. DePaul’s final two runs of the first came on Voss’ two-RBI single to left.
Heteniak helped her own cause in the second frame when she sent a two-RBI double down the left field line.
Oregon State mounted a comeback, and scored three runs in the third and again in sixth but Heteniak got two of the final three batters to strike out to end the ballgame.
Against Southern Miss the Blue Demons used a six-run, third inning to propel them to victory. Heading into the third, DePaul was up 2-1 thanks to a two-run home run by Tarulli-Fisher. Marie Thompson and Voss each recorded two RBI singles in the Blue Demons six-run third. Tarulli-Fisher was also credited with an RBI in the third inning.
Southern Miss scored in the first inning and added three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, but was unable to get closer as Dean and Heteniak shut them out in the final two innings.
The Blue Demons return to action on Saturday when they take on #6/5 Michigan and Kentucky. The first game of the day is scheduled for 11 a.m.