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Softball Powers Past Saint Louis



DePaul 12, Saint Louis 2
DePaul 8, Saint Louis 0 (5 Innings)

St. Louis - The DePaul softball team took a pair of Conference USA games from Saint Louis, Saturday afternoon at the Billiken Sports Center.  The Blue Demons have won 14 of their last 15 games, improving to 26-12 overall and 12-1 in league play.  The Billikens fall to 16-23 and 4-13 in C-USA.  DePaul and Saint Louis will finish their three game series Sunday afternoon.

 

The Blue Demons wasted no time jumping on the board in the first game, scoring three-runs in the first two innings. With one out in the first inning, sophomore Jessica Evans singled through the left side to plate the first Blue Demon run of the ball game.  The next batter, freshman Sandy Vojik connected on a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Blue Demons a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.

 

Senior left fielder Dana Kenney connected on her first of seven hits on the day in the second inning.  The senior doubled to left center and scored on an error by the Saint Louis catcher.

 

Kenney again crossed the plate in the fourth inning, to put the Blue Demons up 4-0.  Kenney began the inning with a bunt single and scored on a sacrifice fly from All-American Saskia Roberson. 

 

Roberson extended the Blue Demons lead to 7-0 in the sixth inning.  Roberson 46th career home run sailed over the center field fence, to plate Kenney and freshman Kate Hanson.  Kenney got on base with a triple to left center and Hanson recoded a bunt single.

 

Saint Louis scored its first run in the bottom of sixth on a Logan Justice triple.

 

The Blue Demon offense roared back in the seventh to score five runs on five hits.  Sophomore Kate Sheaks, senior Jenny Doezie and Kenney all singled, while junior Sara Bandauski and Evans each registered doubles in the inning.

 

Saint Louis added one run in the seventh, but the 10-run deficit was too much to make up.

 

Sophomore Megan Huitink (11-8) recorded the win for the Blue Demons.  The sophomore threw for six innings and struck out nine Billiken batters.  Senior Leslie Scott threw the final inning for DePaul.  Lorena Floccari (11-12) recorded the loss for Saint Louis.

 

In the second game of the afternoon, sophomore Tracie Adix threw her fourth shutout of the season.  The sophomore gave up just two hits, while striking out six Billiken batters.

 

The Blue Demon offense recorded their eight runs in the first three innings, three-runs in the first and second and two in the third inning.

 

A pair of doubles guided the Blue Demon offense in the first inning.  Evans double to left center plated the first run of the game for DePaul.  Two batters later, sophomore center fielder Linda Secka registered her 31st and 32nd RBI of the season on her double to center field.

 

The Blue Demons tacked on another three runs in the second inning.  DePaul got singles from senior right fielder Ashley Parker, Doezie, Kenney and Roberson. Kenney and Roberson were each credited with RBI’s.

 

Kenney and Parker again came up big for the Blue Demons in the third inning, each recording a single and a RBI.

 

In the fourth inning, walk-ons Jamie Lachenberg and Kathleen Goss each recorded their first hits of the season.  Lachenberg doubled to center field and Goss singled to left.

 

The Blue Demons and Saint Louis will close out their final three-game C-USA series on Sunday at the Billiken Sports Center.  The single game is scheduled to begin at Noon