Softball Tops The No. 1 Bruins
FRESNO, Calif. – The Blue Demons (10-3) took advantage of UCLA’s errors to edge the No. 1 Bruins in a 1-0 victory on Sunday. Smart pitching and flawless defense kept DePaul alive until they could steal the lead in the sixth inning with the only run of the game. The Blue Demons’ win ended their play in the Hedrick’s Hallowell Chevrolet classic and secured their spot as the champions of the tournament with a record of 4-1.
DePaul’s only hit came in the top of the first inning when Sarah Martz singled down the third-base line. She would be left on base when a strikeout ended the inning.
The Bruins followed in the bottom of the first with two big hits and a hit-by-pitch. They had loaded the bases with two outs when Lindsay Chouinard (6-3) zipped one past a looking Emily Zaplatosch to end the inning. The game would continue without much action until the top of the sixth.
With two DePaul batters retired by Bruin pitcher Keira Goerl, Liz Bouck stepped up to the plate. She grounded to the shortstop but an overthrow to the first baseman kept the Demons alive. Another error came when Martz chipped one in front of the plate and UCLA’s catcher threw it past first base and into right field. Bouck took off and quickly rounded the bases, crossing home. Martz tried to follow but was thrown out at the plate to end the inning. DePaul had gained the lead and the Bruins would never recover.
The Blue Demons were out-hit by the Bruins 6-1. UCLA would end up leaving six of their runners on base, largely in part to pitcher Chouinard’s eight strikeouts and no walks. Chouinard was named to the all-tournament team. Throughout the weekend, she struck out 21 batters in 23 innings and walked just one.
The Blue Demons will return to Fresno, California to compete in the Kia Classic next weekend at Cal St. Fullerton.