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Blue Demons Drop Two Games at Fresno Tournament



No. 8/8 Oregon State 10, DePaul 3

No. 25 Fresno State 4, DePaul 2
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FRESNO, Calif. – The No. 22/21 DePaul softball team dropped a pair of games in the opening day of the Fresno State Tournament at the Bulldog Diamond.  The Blue Demons fell to No. 8/8 Oregon State and tournament host Fresno State.

 

The Blue Demons never seemed to get their defense together as they combined for five errors on the day.  Offensively Amber Patton finished the day 3-5 at the plate and registered the Blue Demons' only hits against Fresno State.

 

In a rematch of the 2005 Regional Championship game, the Oregon State Beavers came out on top defeating the Blue Demons 10-3 in an offensive showcase.  The Beavers (20-2) combined for 15 hits, including a 3-4 effort by DeAnn Young.  Young finished with five RBI on a double and two home runs.

 

The Blue Demons struck first as sophomore Sandy Vojik led off the game with a walk and scored on junior Kate Sheaks single up the middle.  Sheaks crossed the plate two batters later on a double steal with freshman Stephanie Blagaich, who reached on an infield single.

 

DePaul's lackadaisical defense allowed the Beavers to take back the lead in the bottom of the first as OSU combined for three runs on four hits and two Blue Demon errors.

 

OSU padded its lead over the next couple innings, adding a run in the second and third and two runs in the fifth inning.

 

The Blue Demons posted a run in the sixth, cutting the OSU advantage to 8-3.  Blagaich, who walked to begin the inning, scored on junior Jessica Evans single to right center.

 

The Beavers capped off their scoring in sixth innings with Young's second home run of the game, a two-run shot to left center.   

 

Junior starter Tracie Adix (4-1) threw the first five innings and suffered the loss for DePaul.  Adix gave up eight runs (five earned) and 13 hits, while striking out one. Blagaich threw the final inning for the Blue Demons and gave up two runs and struck out one batter.

 

Ta'Tayana McElroy (8-1) was in the circle for the first 5.1 innings before Brianne McGowan faced the final five batters for the Beavers.  The duo combined for seven strike outs and gave up four hits.    

 

The Blue Demons fell short in the second game of the day, dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bulldogs. Patton registered DePaul's only hits of the game, singling in the fourth and sixth innings.

 

Fresno State (14-9) jumped out to a 3-0 lead, capitalizing on a DePaul error and two hits.   

 

The Bulldogs posted their final run with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.  Christina Clark tripled to right field and scored on Mallory Perkin's single to the right side.

 

Two innings later, DePaul cut the deficit in half, posting two runs in the sixth inning.  Vojik led off the inning, reaching on a dropped fly ball and scoring two batters later on an error by the shortstop. Patton was credited with the Blue Demons' second run, crossing the plate on Evans' fielders choice.

 

Fresno State's Robin Makin fanned 11 batters on her way to her twelfth victory of the season.

 

Junior Megan Huitink took the loss for the Blue Demons, throwing her fifth complete game this year.  The junior gave up six hits and two of the Bulldogs runs were unearned.  

 

DePaul returns to action Friday, facing No. 17/15 Washington at 5:00 p.m. (CST).  The game can be viewed on GameTracker by clicking here.