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Softball Drops 11-Inning Game to Illinois

CHICAGO-  The DePaul University softball team lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to Illinois in 11- innings, Wednesday afternoon at Wish Field.  The nightcap was called due to darkness. The Blue Demons fall to 19-20-1 on the season while Illinois improve to 30-15-1.

Illinois’ first batter, Lindsey Hamma, knocked a shot over the right field fence to put Illinois up, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the first.

DePaul added two of its own runs to take the lead, 2-1, at the end of the first.  Saskia Roberson plated Sarah Martz and Linda Secka who reached on back-to-back hits.  Martz reached on double to start the inning and advanced on Secka’s bunt single. 

With no outs in the top of the fourth Illinois tied the game on a Kisten Martin single to center. LeeAnn Butcher crossed the plate for the Illini. 

Illinois had the bases loaded with one out in fourth when Hamma lined out to DePaul third baseman Jenny Doezie.  Doezie completed the unassisted double play by stepping on third to end the inning.

DePaul and the Fighting Illini played solid defense for the next six innings.  Illinois scored the winning run on a Katie O’Connell double to right center.

DePaul hurler, Martz, threw a complete game, striking out six of the 46 batters she faced.  Amanda Fortune recorded the win for Illinois, throwing eight innings and striking out four.

Dana Kenney, Christina Douglas and Roberson each had two hits on the afternoon.  The Blue Demons combined for 11 hits. 

DePaul will be back in action tomorrow, making the short trip to Loyola-Chicago.  The two teams will play a doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.