10th Ranked Softball Opens Season In Missouri
COlUMBIA, MO. - The DePaul softball team begins this weekend in its quest for a third straight trip to the College World Series. The Blue Demons travel to Columbia, Mo. for the Missouri Tournament hosted by the Missouri Tigers.
DePaul is the only program making its season debut in the tournament as each of its opponents has logged a few games. Joining the Blue Demons and host Tigers at the tournament will be Western Illinois and Northern Illinois.
Western enjoys the best record of the group sporting a 5-3 mark early in the year and is coming off one of the best seasons in school history; the Westerwinds went 46-16 and captured the Mid-Continent Conference title. The schools did not meet last year and their last game was in 1999 when DePaul won 1-0 to claim the MCC Tournament title. DePaul currently boasts an eight game winning streak in the series and holds a 24-7 overall lead.
After posting 36 wins last year, Northern has stumbled a bit out of the gate. The Huskies are 0-5 and looking to get back on track this weekend. DePaul split its games with the Huskies last season as Northern handed All-American Lindsay Chouinard one of her worst losses of the season 5-1, while the Blue Demons took the nightcap of the doubleheader 5-3. Dating to 1986, DePaul holds a 19-12 series edge over the Huskies.
DePaul and the host Tigers have not met on a regular basis and their last matchup was at the Fresno Classic in 1999. Mizzou took that game 4-2 and has won all but one of the game sin the series. Missouri is 5-1 against DePaul with the Blue Demons' lone win coming in the NCAA Regional in 1997.