Blue Demons Top Loyola-Chicago
CHICAGO The No. 20/25 DePaul softball team stretched its winning-streak to seven games with a 7-2 win over Loyola-Chicago, Tuesday at the Loyola Softball Park. With the win, the Blue Demons improve to 29-12 while the Ramblers fall to 11-16.
With sun shinning and the temperatures in the sixties, the Blue Demons heated up the basepath. Designated player Lauren Frankiewicz led DePaul with a pair of doubles and four RBI. Amber Patton extended her season-long hitting streak to 12 games with a 2-for-3 effort and recorded a RBI in the win.
The Ramblers answered in the bottom half of the inning when Nora Schober knocked a two-run home run to center field.
DePaul added a run in the top of the third when pinch hitter, Annie Demas connected on an RBI single back up the middle with two outs.
For the second time in the game Frankiewicz’s bat gave the Blue Demons a lift, this time in the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, Frankiewicz smashed a double off the center field wall that would score Marie Thompson and Wilus.
Up 6-2 in the fifth frame, the Blue Demons added their final run to the board on Patton’s RBI base knock to left field.
Following the Rambler home run in the first frame, Blue Demon starter Becca Heteniak settled in and retired 16 of the next 18 batters she faced. Of those 18 batters, she struck out 11. Heteniak (15-5) finished with 12 strikeouts and allowed just three hits in six innings of work. Lindsey Dean threw the seventh inning for DePaul.
Krista Crosson (3-8) got the start for the Ramblers and threw the first three innings, before being replaced by Amy Solava. The duo scattered seven hits, walked five and struck out eight.
The Blue Demons continue their Illinois road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Northern Illinois for a 4 p.m. contest. The game pits former DePaul All-American pitcher and assistant coach Lindsay Chouinard against her mentor in DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti. Chouinard a Blue Demon pitcher from 2000-03 and an assistant coach from 2004-07 is in her first season as the head coach of the Huskies.