Connolly Chosen BIG EAST Player of the Week; Penna Named to Honor Roll
April 8, 2013
CHICAGO – After scoring 65 runs in five games last week, DePaul raked in the recognition from the BIG EAST Conference on Monday.
Connolly led the Blue Demons to a 5-0 week (all BIG EAST games) that saw her team outscore Seton Hall and Syracuse by a combined 65-17. DePaul (23-13, 10-1) has scored 60 runs in its last four games and hit nine home runs over the weekend at Syracuse.
In five games, Connolly went 9-for-14 for a .643 batting average with two home runs, a triple, a double, 12 RBIs and seven runs scored.
In a 15-6 win over Syracuse on Saturday, Connolly was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two-run triple.
In a 16-2 win over Syracuse on Sunday, Connolly blasted a three-run home run in her first at-bat that helped stake the Blue Demons to a 6-0, first-inning lead. She posted a 1.286 slugging percentage and .706 on-base percentage last week.
Penna had an amazing game in an 18-5 win over Seton Hall last Wednesday. She was the winning pitcher after going four innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. At the plate, Penna was 4-for-4 with six RBIs.
For the week, Penna was 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA. She pitched 10 innings and gave up just two earned runs and five hits with 15 strikeouts and two walks. At the plate, the junior was 7-for-8 for a .875 batting average and seven RBIs with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .875 on-base percentage.
“It’s a great honor for both of them,” said DePaul coach Eugene Lenti. “Mary had a dominating week in the batter’s box, and Hannah put up great statistics all the way around. She hit well and pitched as good as ever.
“They both need to continue working hard and sticking with the game plan. This is a well-deserved reward for a softball program that just experienced one of its best hitting weeks ever with 65 runs in five games.”
The Blue Demons, who share first place in the BIG EAST with USF, will look to extend their seven-game winning streak at 4 p.m. on Tuesday when Illinois State (17-15) visits Cacciatore Stadium for a nonconference game.