DePaul Blows Past Loyola 7-0
CHICAGO- The DePaul University softball team blew past the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in seven innings, 7-0, at the Loyola Softball Complex, Thursday afternoon. The win improves the Blue Demons to 20-20-1, while Loyola drops to 18-24.
Sarah Martz connected on her 241st hit of her career to open the ballgame. She is one hit shy of tying the DePaul record for hits in a career, set by Liz Bouck (2000-2003). Martz scored later in the first inning off a wild pitch from Loyola starter Mia Pangere.
DePaul added two more runs in the second. Linda Secka, who reached on a single, crossed the plate on a Sara Bandauski fielder’s choice. Sarah Douglas added DePaul’s other run of the inning, scoring from third on an error on the shortstop.
With the wind blowing in, Christina Douglas, the second batter of the inning, blasted her eighth home run of the season. Her home run plated Saskia Roberson who had singled. Jessica Evans followed the base clearing act with a double and scored on Secka’s double, two batters later.
Martz (15-10) recorded the win striking out four batters in four innings. Tracie Adix pitched two innings, while, Leslie Scott pitched the final inning.
Pangere (6-13) registered the loss, giving up nine hits and five earned runs. The Ramblers committed four errors on the afternoon.
Secka went 3-3 on the afternoon, hitting two singles and a double. Roberson added two hits. The Blue Demons recorded nine hits on the afternoon.
With wind chills in the upper 30s the second game of the scheduled twinbill was called due to the frigid conditions.
DePaul returns to Conference USA action this weekend, taking on the leagues third best team, Southern Miss. DePaul, in fourth place, will travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the three game series set to begin with a doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday. Action will begin at Noon on both days.