Softball falls to Southern Miss in C-USA Final
May 12, 2001
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Lindsay Chouinard struck out a career high 14 batters, but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss beat DePaul 2-0 in the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament.
Chouinard ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning when a hit by pitch to Kenya Peters began the USM rally. Peters was followed by a single from Channika Gant, but it wasn't until Sarah Boyd strode to the plate that the damage was done. Facing a 2-2 count, Boyd lifted a double down the left field line that scored Melanie Hymel who was pinch running for Peters and Gant.
The two runs would be all USM pitcher, Felecia Gonzales would need as she recorded her second shutout victory in the tournament. Gonzales struck out six and held DePaul to four hits in the win. For her efforts in the tournament, Gonzales was named tournament MVP.
DePaul missed opportunities to score in the first and third innings when it had a runner on third with less than two outs, but was unable to push the run across.
Making the all-tournament team for DePaul were outfielder Shavaughne Desecki, shortstop Liz Bouck, utility Sarah Martz and pitcher Lindsay Chouinard.
The Blue Demons fall to 50-14-1 with the loss and await their NCAA Regional fate that will be determined Sunday night. The selection show for the softball playoffs will announce the 48 teams that have qualified and their respective seeds and regions.