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JUDI GARMAN CLASSIC

Titan Softball Complex, Fullerton, California

Tournament Notes

 

Thursday, March 15

vs. No. 8/8 Texas |  6 p.m.

vs. Penn State  |  10:30 p.m.

 

Friday, March 16

vs. Fullerton |  6 p.m.  |  Gametracker

 

Saturday, March 17

Championship Play

 

Sunday, March 18

Championship Play

 

CHICAGO – The DePaul softball team looks to extend its six-game winning streak this weekend when it participates in the 16-team Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, California, March 15-18 at the Titan Softball Complex.  The No. 21 Blue Demons (12-5) face their ninth ranked opponent of the season in their opening game with No. 8 Texas on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CST).  They close out the first day of competition with Penn State at 10:30 p.m. before playing tournament host Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 6 p.m. The tournament concludes on Saturday and Sunday with Championship play.

 

DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti can reach a milestone this weekend as he needs just three wins to reach the 900-win mark.  Lenti, who has been at the helm of the program for 26 years, is DePaul’s all-time winningest coach and has led the Blue Demons to three Women’s College World Series and has taken 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament.

 

Lenti’s schedules are highlighted with nationally ranked teams and this season is no different. The Blue Demons have posted a 5-3 record over ranked teams, registered wins over Cal, Florida, Nebraska and notched two victories over Auburn

 

Senior right handed pitcher Tracie Adix is a big reason for DePaul’s success as she has recorded six wins in the circle and her only loss came against then-No. 24 Massachusetts.  The senior boasts a team-best and is second in the BIG EAST Conference with a 0.67 ERA.  She has thrown 52.1 innings, while striking out 57 batters and walking just 11. 

 

Adix has twice been named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week with her last award coming after she picked up wins over No. 18 Cal and Fresno State and threw a season-high nine innings against UNLV. Adix gave up just one hit in her complete game shutout over Fresno State and no-hit Cal in her 2.1 innings in the circle. The senior gave up just 10-hits, walked seven batters and recorded a 1.09 ERA for the week ending March 4.

 

Senior outfielder Kate Sheaks leads the Blue Demons at the plate, averaging a team-high .327 and enters the weekend on a six-game hitting streak.  During her streak Sheaks has knocked eight hits for five RBI.   After DePaul claimed the UNLV Invitational crown, the senior was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week. During the tournament, Sheaks registered a team-high .438 batting average and blasted a game-changing three-run home run against UNLV.  The outfielder also knocked key hits against then-No. 18 Cal, then-No. 23 Nebraska and Fresno State. Sheaks closed the tournament with seven hits and five RBI. 

 

The Blue Demons have found success against their Judi Garman pool play opponents.  DePaul is perfect against Penn State, boasting a 4-0 record while it is 4-1 against Cal State Fullerton.  Texas, however has won four of the five meetings between the two squads including a 7-1 victory in 2004.  The Longhorns enter the tournament ranked eighth in both polls while Fullerton is receiving votes in both polls.

 

The 16-team Judi Garman field includes 10 teams that are ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA and or the ESPN.com/USA Softball polls this week. Along with No. 8 Texas, Penn State and Fullerton – Arizona (#5/5), Arizona State (#2/4), Florida State, Fresno State, Kansas, Louisiana Lafayette (#17/16), Michigan (#9/7), North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma (#6/6), Pacific and Washington (#12/7) round out the tournament field. 

 

Championship brackets are scheduled to be announced Saturday, March 17 after 10 p.m. (CST).

 

Reaching a Coaching Milestone

Head Coach Eugene Lenti needs 3 more wins to reach 900 victories.  In 26 years of coaching, Lenti has amassed a record of  897-454-6 and is DePaul’s all-time winningest coach.  He has led the Blue Demons to three Women’s College World Series and 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. 

 

BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week x2

Tracie Adix earned the conference’s Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season after picking up wins over No. 18 Cal and Fresno State and threw a season-high nine innings against UNLV for the week ending March 4. Adix gave up just one hit in her complete game shutout over Fresno State and no-hit Cal in her 2.1 innings in the circle. The senior gave up just 10-hits, walked seven batters and recorded 1.09 ERA on the week.

 

Adix won her first BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week award after picking up three wins in the circle at the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic, February 8-11.  The senior threw 19.0 innings in her four appearances, throwing both a combined and a complete game shutout against then-ranked No. 24 Auburn and Hawai’i, respectively.  Adix gave up no earned runs while scattering nine hits.  She struck out 26 batters and walked on her way to being named to the All-Tournament Team. 

 

Sheaks with Style

Kate Sheaks became the second Blue Demons to earn the BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades (Linda Secka won the leagues first award February 19). Sheaks led the Blue Demons at the plate for the week ending March 4, registering a team-high .438 batting average on the week. She hit a game-changing three-run home run against UNLV and registered key hits against No. 18 Cal, No. 23 Nebraska and Fresno State. Sheaks closed the tournament with seven hits and five RBI. The senior also led DePaul with a .688 slugging percentage and a .526 on base percentage.

 

Wilus a Classic at NFCA

Junior infielder Marcy Wilus was named to the 2007 NFCA Lead Off Classic after leading the Blue Demons with 5 RBI and a .747 slugging percentage.  Wilus knocked a pair of home runs, and registered 29 putouts and three assists in the infield.

 

Amazing Adix

Senior right handed pitcher Tracie Adix had one of the best weekends of her collegiate career in Hawai’i, February 9-11.  In four appearances, the senior averaged six strikeouts an outing, including an eight strikeout performance against then- No. 24 Auburn.  Adix gave up just one walk in 19.0 innings. 

 

Hawaiian High – Secka

Senior center fielder Linda Secka led the Blue Demons’ at the plate during the Oceanic Time Warner Paradise Classic.  The senior finished the four-day tournament with a .409 batting average (9-for-22) while knocking two home runs – including a grand slam against then-No. 24 Auburn – and seven RBI.  The centerfielder boasted a team-best .727 slugging percentage and was also named to the All-Tournament Team.

 

Winning Big in Las Vegas

The DePaul softball team defeated two ranked teams on their way to a 5-0 record and the UNLV Invitational title.  The Blue Demons (12-5) topped No. 18/18 Cal 2-1, No. 23 Nebraska 2-0, Fresno State 1-0 in eight innings, Southern Utah 5-2 and host UNLV 8-6 in 11 innings.  Pitchers Tracie Adix, Becca Heteniak and Megan Huitink went the distance in the circle for the Blue Demons.  Adix picked up victories over Cal and threw a one-hit shutout versus Fresno State.  Heteniak recorded her second and third complete games in wins over Nebraska and Southern Utah.  Against Southern Utah, Heteniak struck out a team-high 13 batters and had 20 totals strikeouts on the weekend.  The trio gave up nine runs (six earned) and struck out 43 batters. Kate Sheaks led the Blue Demons at the plate, registering a team-high .438 batting average on the weekend.  Sheaks knocked a three-run home run against UNLV and registered key hits against Cal, Nebraska and Fresno State.  The senior finished the tournament with seven hits and five RBI.

 

Winning in Hawai’i

The Blue Demons won the Time Warner Oceanic Paradise Classic by posting a pair of wins over then-ranked No. 24 Auburn, Portland State and defeated Hawai’i in the semifinals of championship play.  Seniors Tracie Adix, Kate Sheaks and Linda Secka were named to the All-Tournament Team.  Adix finished the weekend with three wins in the circle while giving up zero earned runs, and striking out 26 batters in 19.0 innings of work.  Secka and Sheaks were a force at the plate over the weekend.  Secka led the Blue Demons with nine hits, including a grand slam and seven RBI.  Sheaks scattered eight hits.

 

1,500 Games

When the Blue Demons took the field against Florida on Friday, February 23 it was DePaul University’s 1,500 softball game.  DePaul began its softball program in 1977 and since have appeared in 11 NCAA Tournament and reached the Women’s College World Series three times.  The overall record of the program is 953-494-6 in its 30 years of play.

 

Preseason Fourth in the BIG EAST

The DePaul softball team grabbed 93 points to finish fourth in the 2007 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll. The Blue Demons return nine starters from a team that finished 33-22 and finished fifth with a 13-9 mark in their first season of BIG EAST play. Louisville, who is the reigning 2006 BIG EAST Regular Season Champion, was picked to finish first in the preseason poll after receiving 116 points.  Only six votes separated the Cardinals and second place USF (110 pts), who advanced to the UCLA Super Regional; while Notre Dame was picked to finish third with 104 points and DePaul followed in the fourth spot.

 

Blue Demons Sign Seven for 2007-08

The Blue Demons signed a pair of local Chicagoland players, Alex Morocco and Sean Plese, while the remaining five student-athletes are from out-of-state.  Lindsey Dean and Brittney Yniguez are from California, while Simone Ashkar and Samantha Morgan are from Minnesota and Tara Voss hails from Texas. “Our goal with this class was to find pitching (Dean), defense (Yniguez and Voss), speed (Plese and Monocco) and power (Ashkar and Morgan),” Lenti said of his 2007-08 Class.  “Together this class forms the most solid class we have ever recruited which is a credit to assistant coaches Liz Bouck and Lindsay Chouinard who were major influences in not only finding these student-athletes but also signing them.