Softball Splits with Illinois
Both the DePaul (22-12) and
The Blue Demons jumped on the board in the first inning of game-one. With two-outs, Evans singled up the middle, to score senior right fielder Ashley Parker, who had walked to begin the inning.
The Blue Demons tacked on three runs with two outs in the top of the fifth to take a one run lead into sixth inning. Senior left fielder Dana Kenney walked to begin the rally for DePaul and right fielder Ashley Parker connected on bunt single to advance Kenney to second. With two-runners on, Roberson singled to left to score Kenney. Evans tied the ball game with a triple to right field to empty the bases.
The Illini added another three runs on four hits and a Blue Demon error in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
Roberson pulled the game within one on a two-run shot over the left field wall, in the top of the seventh. The Blue Demons loaded the bases, but were unable to convert, falling to
Freshman, Clair DeVreese recorded the win and sophomore Mary Miller recorded the save for the Illini. DePaul sophomore Tracie Adix recorded the loss, striking out five batters in six innings of work.
The Blue Demons bounced back in the second game behind the bat of freshman third baseman Marcy Wilus.
Wilus went 2-2 at the plate and was credited with three RBI.
The freshman recorded her first RBI in the second inning, singling to left field, to score fellow freshman Sandy Vojik, who singled to begin the inning. Parker sacrificed to score junior catcher Sara Polensky, who had doubled to left center.
The Blue Demons went up, 4-0 in the fourth inning on Wilus’ first collegiate home run. Wilus’ two-run shot scored designated player Jenny Doezie, who had walked to begin the inning.
DePaul added another run in the sixth inning, sophomore centerfielder Linda Secka was credited with a sacrifice fly, scoring a tagging Wilus from third.
The Illini plated one runner in the seventh, but the deficit was too much for them to make up. DePaul won the nightcap 5-1.
Sophomore pitcher Megan Huitink recorded the win, striking out eight Illini batters in seven innings of work. Jackelyn Diekemper recorded the loss, giving up giving up five Blue Demon hits, in five innings of work. Miller closed out the game for the Illini, throwing the final two innings.
The Blue Demons will be back in action Thursday afternoon, traveling to DeKalb to take on