Blue Demons Power Past Santa Clara
FRESNO, Calif. The No. 16/19 DePaul softball team used 13 hits in its 6-0 win over Santa Clara, Friday at the Bingham Toyota Classic at the Bulldog Diamond. The Blue Demons improve to 14-6, while the Broncos fall to 4-22.
Eight of the nine Blue Demons starters registered a hit in the game, while Amber Patton and Simone Ashkar lead the offensive effort, each with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate. DePaul pitcher Becca Heteniak tallied a team-best two RBI with a 1-for-3 effort.
The Blue Demons wasted no time getting on the board against the Broncos as they eight players saw an at bat in the first inning. Sandy Vojik led off the ballgame with a double to right field and two batters later Jackie Tarulli-Fisher dropped a RBI single into shallow right field to plate Vojik. Marcy Wilus followed and drilled a single to center to put runners on second and third for Heteniak.
Heteniak helped her own cause, clearing the bases on a single center. Ashkar followed suit and sent an RBI single to right center to give the Blue Demons an early 4-0.
The Blue Demons took advantage of a Santa Clara throwing error to plate the fifth run of the ballgame in the fourth frame. Still in the fourth and with Patton on third, Tarulli-Fisher sent a sacrifice fly to the center field fence to give the Blue Demons their final run of the ballgame.
Heteniak (7-3) recorded her fourth shut out in her complete game performance. The sophomore allowed just one hit and struck out eight while walking four.
Kaitlyn Raushnot got the start for Santa Clara and faced six batters before being replaced by Jackie Morales. Raushnot (0-4) took the loss as she gave up four runs on five hits.
DePaul returns to action on Saturday with a 11 a.m. (CST) game with Sacramento State.