Patton Leads DePaul Past Syracuse in Game One, Sets BIG EAST Single-Season Record for Hits
CHICAGO Senior All-American Amber Patton set the BIG EAST Conference single-season record for hits with a 2-for-4 effort in DePaul’s 4-0 league win over Syracuse in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday at Cacciatore Stadium.
Patton entered the game with 38 hits during conference play which tied Notre Dame’s Stephanie Brown (2004-07) for the record. Up 1-0 in the fourth inning, Patton doubled to left center for the record. To add an exclamation point to the at bat, her hit scored Sean Plese who drew a walk two batters earlier.
Patton helped push DePaul’s last two runs across the plate in a crazy play in the sixth inning. The senior singled up the middle with runners on second and third and advanced to second on the throw to the cut Syracuse. With Patton on the move, Syracuse cut off Nicole Miller threw the ball into right center which allowed DePaul’s fourth run to cross the plate.
Becca Heteniak (20-6) threw her fifth shut out of the season to earn the complete game victory. The junior gave up just one hit, while she struck out six and walked four.
Jenna Caira (14-7) suffered the loss for Syracuse(28-15, 11-6 BIG EAST). She fanned nine Blue Demons, while she walked eight and scattered six hits.
Jackie Tarulli-Fisher also had an excellent day at the plate for the Blue Demons (33-10, 17-3 BIG EAST). The senior, playing in her final series at Cacciatore Stadium went 2-for-4 and added a RBI.
Patton enters game two of the league doubleheader with 40 hits during conference play. Game two will be played later this afternoon.