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Offense Leads the Way Again for DePaul

QUEENS, N.Y. - It's a good thing "Diversified DePaul" continued its recent offensive surge on Wednesday.

The Blue Demons scored just enough runs for a 6-5 BIG EAST Conference victory over St. John's in the opener of a doubleheader.

Once again getting timely contributions from the top, middle and bottom of the batting order, DePaul (21-13, 5-2 in the BIG EAST) jumped out to a 6-1 lead and then held on right to the end.

New leadoff batter Alex Morocco and new No. 2 hitter Sean Plese had two hits apiece with both scoring a run and Morocco driving one in.

In the middle of the order, Shea Warren and Brittney Yniguez combined for two hits, an RBI and a run scored.

Down towards the bottom, Marla Mathews had one hit and an RBI and Samantha Morgan had a hit and a run scored.

After St. John's (14-21, 3-6) had taken a 1-0 lead, the Blue Demons tied it in the top of the second inning. Warren was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on Yniguez's sacrifice bunt and scored on a Mathews single.

Walks to Lynsey Ciezki, Morocco and Plese loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning. Voss brought Ciezki home after getting hit by a pitch. Becca Heteniak's sacrifice fly allowed Morocco to cross the plate. Yniguez's single scored Plese, and Voss came home on a throw.

An inning later, Morgan singled, was sacrificed to second and scored on a Morocco single.

St. John's drew within 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth on Stacia Dopudja's solo home run, Chelsea Durning's RBI double and Amber Curry's RBI single.

Curry led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, stole third and came home on Kacee Cox's groundout.

But winning pitcher Heteniak (12-9) finished off the Red Storm by inducing back-to-back groundouts.

Bree Brown (7-3) started the second game for the Blue Demons.

NOTES: A revamped batting order had Morocco and Plese hitting one-two followed by Voss at No. 3 and Heteniak at clean-up... Morocco, Voss, Heteniak, Yniguez and Mathews each had an RBI... Heteniak pitched seven innings for the win, giving up five runs (four earned) and six hits while striking out nine and walking four... Warren leads the team with a .341 batting average while Morocco is second at .322 and tied with Voss for the team lead in hits with 28... Plese is batting .313 with 19 runs and Voss is batting .301 with a team-high 23 runs... Heteniak is at .286 with 24 hits and a team-high 31 walks... Simone Ashkar is batting .267and leads the team in home runs with six and RBI with 22... Brittney Yniguez is batting .258 and has scored 15 runs... Heteniak is now 12-9 in the circle with a 2.09 earned-run average and 147 strikeouts and 39 walks... opponents are hitting .194 against her.