Softball Visits In-State Rivals During Mid-Week Non-Conference Action
April 8, 2014
CHICAGO - Coming off a superb 4-0 week, which featured a win over No. 23/25 Notre Dame and a three-game sweep of BIG EAST rival Seton Hall, the DePaul softball team will play a couple non-conference games before hosting Georgetown at home April 12-13.
DePaul travels to Normal, Ill. to face Illinois State tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. CT before returning to play local rival Loyola in a 4:00 p.m. game on Thursday at Cacciatore Stadium. The game will technically be an away game for the Blue Demons, as Loyola's field has been deemed unplayable for the contest -- the game was originally schedule to be played in Rogers Park.
Both named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Kirsten Verdun and Mary Connolly were the standouts last weekend for DePaul. Verdun, the team's senior ace, fired her first career no-hitter on Saturday after logging seven innings of two-run ball to help DePaul to its first ranked win of the season against No. 23/25 Notre Dame.
Overall, the Blue Demons improved to 24-8 and remained undefeated in conference play at 7-0 with the perfect weekend.
DePaul returns to BIG EAST play this weekend, welcoming Georgetown for a three-game series April 12-13.
Scouting The Redbirds
Regan Romshek (9-11, 3.36 ERA) handles most of the pitching for the Redbirds and is also a .295 hitter with four homers. Catcher Jordan de los Reyes is a big-time power threat with a .289 batting average, eight homers and 30 RBI.
The Blue Demons will be looking to avenge a 5-4 loss to ISU last April 9 at Cacciatore Stadium. The two teams have split their last four meetings and DePaul trails 14-19-2 in the all-time series.
Scouting The Ramblers
Lauren Moore leads the offense with a .291 batting average to go with five homers and 23 RBI. Alyssa Mannucci bats .280 and has added four homers and 21 RBI. Senior pitcher Brittany Gardner (3.42 ERA, 10-8) set the Loyola career record for innings pitched in her last start.
DePaul won last year's meeting 4-0 on April 25 behind a three-hitter by Kirsten Verdun and is 59-8 in the all-time series against the Ramblers.
Three weeks ago, Ali Lenti made her first career appearance on the league's honor roll after hitting .444 (4-for-9) at the Cal State Fullerton Titan Classic. The week prior, junior Mary Connolly took home Player of the Week honors on March 3 as Verdun joined her on the honor roll.
Verdun began her season by earning a BIG EAST weekly honor in each of the first two weeks. On Feb. 10, the senior lefty was honored as Pitcher of the Week and followed it up with a Player of the Week recognition on Feb. 17. Junior Mary Connolly was also named Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 17, while classmate Staci Bonezek was an honor roll nominee on Feb. 10.
Still Going Strong
That run includes four trips to the Women's College World Series. In three of the last six seasons, the Blue Demons have won either a BIG EAST regular-season title or BIG EAST Conference Championship tournament title. Lenti and his assistant coaches have also been honored as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year three times.
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