Softball Takes Two From Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— The Blue Demon softball team opened its 2004 Conference USA season with a bang, recording 18 runs and 20 hits while allowing Charlotte only two runs and six hits during Wednesday afternoon double header at the Phillips Complex.  DePaul improved its record to 7-13 and 2-0 C-USA, while Charlotte fell to 12-10, and 1-4 in C-USA.


“We played some of the nations best teams in the first weeks of the season which really prepared us of the C-USA season,” head coach Eugene Lenti said.  “We were got great pitching from Sarah Martz, Katie Sheaks and Tracie Adix today.  Our defense stepped up and we hit the ball well today.”


In the afternoon’s first game DePaul defeated the 49ers 8-1.  The Blue Demons recorded nine hits and capitalized on three Charlotte errors.  Sophomore Jessica Evans went 3-4, all singles, Saskia Roberson, Chirstina Douglas, Katie Sheaks, Jenny Doezie, Sarah Douglas, and Dana Kenney also recorded singles.  DePaul starter, Sarah Martz (6-5), allowed 49ers two hits in seven innings. 


The score remained 0-0 until the top of the fourth, when the Blue Demons batted around the order. Christina Douglas reached on a 49 error which was followed by a string of DePaul singles, Evans and Sheaks both singled to center. Jenny Doezie two-run single to right, scored C. Douglas from third and Evans from second. S. Douglas singled but reached third on an error in left field and scored Doezie from third.  Martz and Secka each reached on a fielder choice. Roberson singled, scoring S. Douglas from third.  DePaul scored seven runs on six hits and two Charlotte errors. 


Charlotte scored its only run in the bottom of the fourth on a Blue Demons error.


Dana Kenney RBI single in the top of the fifth sealed the victory for the Blue Demons.  Sarah Martz recorded the win, while Kriten Bowen recorded the loss.


In the second game of the double header the Blue Demons came out swinging against 49er starter Christie Murray. Martz and Roberson each singled down the left field line to start the first inning.  Christina Douglas sent a three- run homerun over the center field fence.  Jessica Evans reached on an error which set up an RBI double by Katie Sheaks.  The first inning ended with the Blue Demons scoring four runs on four hits and one Charlotte error.


Back-to-back doubles by Roberson and C. Douglas propelled the Blue Demons in the second inning.  Kenney and Martz each had singles in the inning.  DePaul added three more runs making the score 7-0 going into the bottom of the second.


Charlotte threatened in the bottom of the second scattering three hits off DePaul starter Katie Sheaks.  Sheaks gave up one run.


The Blue Demons added three more in the top of the third off two hits and two Charlotte errors, making the score 10-1.  The game was called in the fifth inning, due to the eight run rule.


The Blue Demons return to Phillips Complex, Thursday at 2:30 EST to finish up the three game series.   



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