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Softball Winning Streak Snapped at 19



CHICAGO-After claiming a squeaker in game one 1-0, the DePaul softball team saw its national leading 19-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss in the nightcap to Southern Miss. The doubleheader split moves the Blue Demons' record to 33-8-1 (11-1 in Conference USA) and the Golden Eagles' to 33-16 (8-4 in C-USA).

Lindsay Chouinard threw her fifth straight shutout to open the doubleheader and extended her scoreless innings streak to 29. Chouinard gave up just three hits and maneuvered out of Southern Miss' only threat easily while striking out eight.

The Golden Eagles put a runner on third with two outs in the first inning, but a strikeout ended the inning and it would be the last time a runner advanced past second base. In fact, only twice in the game did she allow a runner to reach second base.

Southern Miss' Melissa Cundiff matched Chouinard's mastery for nearly the entire game. Cundiff went six innings giving up only four hits.

DePaul truly threatened just once in the game, but the Blue Demons were able to capitalize. Chouinard led off the fifth inning with a double to left center. She was then sacrificed to third by Christina Douglas while a Sarah Martz groundout left her at third with two outs. Blue Demon speedster Liz Bouck then delivered the game winning hit with a bunt single giving DePaul its only run of the game.

Game two saw the roles reverse as Felecia Gonzales rebounded from a 5-1 loss yesterday to pitch the Golden Eagles to a 3-0, two-hit shutout victory. The only hits she allowed were a pair of bunt singles. Martz took the loss going the distance giving up three runs on four hits.

Although Southern Miss was held to four hits, two of them dealt crushing blows to the Blue Demon momentum. With one out in the fourth, USM firstbaseman Tammy Edwards launched a two-run homerun to centerfield breaking the 0-0 tie. An inning later, Heather Bell led off the top of the fifth hooking a solo shot around the left field foul pole to extend USM's lead to 3-0. The homeruns were just the third and fourth the Blue Demons pitching staff has surrendered this season.

DePaul is off until Wednesday next week when it hosts UIC in the Windy City Classic. The annual meeting between the local rivals is one of the oldest series for DePaul. The schools are scheduled to meet for a doubleheader at 3 p.m. on April 18.