Softball Drops a Tough 1-0 Game to Houston
HOUSTON The No. 14/13 DePaul softball team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to No. 23 Houston Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Classic at the Cougar Softball Stadium. The Blue Demons drop to 7-4, while the Cougars stay perfect and improve to 8-0.
Neither team was able to get past second base until the top of the fifth as both pitchers were able to get batters to ground and fly out. Angel Shambin (3-0) got the start for the Cougars and threw a complete game, scattering four hits and struck out five. Lauren Frankiewicz (3-1) took the loss for the Blue Demons after she also threw a complete game and allowed four hits while walking four and striking out five.
With one out in the fifth Houston's Courtney Spitter drew a four pitch walk and a single by Jessica Valis placed runners at first and second. The Cougars next batter flew out to left field for the second out the inning. In a bizarre situation, the Blue Demons got Valis in a rundown, but Spitter was called safe at home as she touched the plate before DePaul second baseman Tara Voss was able to tag Valis out at first for the final out of the inning.
Amber Patton led the Blue Demons with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate. Marcy Wilus and Alex Morocco accounted for DePaul's two other hits.
DePaul finishes the Crowne Plaza Classic with a 3-2 record, both losses came at the hands of Houston.
The Blue Demons take a week off before returning to action at the NFCA Lead Off Classic, Feb. 29 - March 2 in Columbus, Georgia. DePaul faces UMass, Texas A&M, Winthrop, Iowa, Georgia Tech and UC Santa Barbara during the three-day tournament.