Softball at Super Regionals
Super Regional Notes
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DePaul and Northwestern are co-hosting the NCAA Super Regional with the first game played today at Tomorrow the action begins at If necessary a second game will be played at Saturday evening.
DePaul advanced to this weekend’s action by winning the Region Eight championship in
Saskia Roberson had a regional-high six RBI while Dana Kenney and Sandy Vojik finished the weekend with the tournament’s second and third best batting averages. Kenny was 5-11 for a .455 batting average and Vojik was 4-9 with a .444 average. Megan Huitink appeared in three of the four games and had a regional low 0.43 ERA. She struck out 20 batters while giving up just 10 hits.
The Wildcats enter the Super Regional with a 42-16 record and are making their eighth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They advanced to the College World Series from 1984-87. Northwestern moved into this weekend’s Super Regional by winning the Region Nine title at Notre Dame. The Wildcats fell to the Fighting Irish in the opening game, rebounded with a victory over
The Wildcats are led by Garland Cooper, the Big Ten Player of the Year, who is hitting .452 while Stephanie Churchwell is batting at a .411 clip. Jamie Dotson leads the ‘Cats in RBI with 51. In the circle, Courtnay Foster has a 22-7 record with a 1.24 ERA and 248 strikeouts in 180.2 innings of work.
This is the sixth time that the Blue Demons will play for a chance to proceed to the Women’s College World Series. They advanced to the WCWS in 1999 and 2000.
Second-seeded DePaul captured its fourth consecutive Conference USA Softball Tournament title with a 6-2 victory over top-seeded
DePaul is making its 11th all-time and ninth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Regional. DePaul is 20-16 all-time in regional action and won both the 1999 and 2000 regionals to advance to the College World Series. The Blue Demons have reached the regional finals six times, including this season’s appearance in the Super Regional.
DePaul has won at least one game in NCAA Regional play for eight consecutive years dating back to 1997.
This weekend’s series with Northwestern marks the seventh time that the Blue Demons have faced a
This is the sixth time the Blue Demons have played for a chance to advance to Women’s College World Series in
Regional Pitching Aces
The Blue Demons have thrown 16 shutouts in Regional action. The pitching staffs in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002 and 2005 each threw two shutouts and in 2004, the Blue Demons threw one. The 2000 pitching staff registered a school record four shutouts, blanking each of their four opponents to advance to the WCWS.
All Conference Selections
The Blue Demons had five players named to an All Conference
Since joining C-USA in 2000, the Blue Demons have had 25 first team selections and eight All-Freshman team members.
C-USA All -Tournament Team
Sophomore pitcher Megan Huitink became the fourth consecutive Blue Demon to be named the MVP of the C-USA. Joining Huitink on the All-Tournament team were seniors Saskia Roberson and Dana Kenney. Sophomore Kate Sheaks was named to the All-Tournament team at the Utility position.
Head softball coach Eugene Lenti was named C-USA Coach of the Decade and former Blue Demon and current assistant softball coach Lindsay Chouinard was named Player of the Decade. Current DePaul assistant Liz Bouck joined Chouinard on the All-Decade roster along with senior Saskia Roberson and Sarah Martz (2001-04).
Roberson C-USA Home Run and RBI Queen
Seniors Saskia Roberson will finish her stellar career as Conference
Strolling to First
Saskia Roberson leads the team with a .509 on base percentage; she has been walked 40 times, 12 times intentionally and has been hit by a pitch 13 times.
Huitink Named Pitcher of the Week
For the second time this season, sophomore Megan Huitink was named Conference USA Pitcher of the Week. The sophomore threw back-to-back shutouts and helped the Blue Demons to a perfect 5-0 record for the week ending May 1. She won two of DePaul’s five games, posting a 0.00 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 15 innings of work. Huitink was also credited with a save at USF.
No Hit Huitink
Sophomore pitcher Megan Huitink threw her first career no-hitter against Florida Atlantic on February 26, while the Blue Demons were competing at the NFCA Classic. Huitink became only the sixth pitcher in the NFCA Classic’s ten-year history to throw a no hitter. The sophomore struck out 12 of the 24 batters she faced.
Huitink and Kenney Sweep C-USA Honors
Sophomore Megan Huitink and senior Dana Kenney swept the Conference USA weekly softball awards after leading their team to a perfect 3-0 record in league play and 6-1 record overall for the week ending April 17. Huitink was named Pitcher of the Week, while Kenney was named Hitter of the Week.
Huitink won four of DePaul’s six games last week posting a perfect 4-0 record with 31 strikeouts a 0.52 ERA and recorded her third shutout against
Kenney went 9-for-11 at the plate in the Blue Demons’ sweep of
Roberson Putting Out the Records
Senior All-American Saskia Roberson has her eyes on three DePaul career records for putouts, RBI and doubles. The senior began the season with 878 putouts, 134 RBI and 31 doubles; needing 458 putouts and 45 RBI to take over the records and 13 doubles to enter the top-five. With the regular season complete, Roberson has registered 502 putouts, 43 RBI and 10 doubles. During the C-USA Tournament Roberson took over the putout record, registering 1,356 putouts as of May 18. The senior already holds the school record for home runs, a record she broke as a junior. Roberson now has 51 career home runs.
Sophomore Jessica Evans rode the wave of a nine game hitting streak, from March 26 - April 13 at
Jenny Doezie, Saskia Roberson and Kate Sheaks became members of the double-double club this season, each recording two doubles in one game. Doezie registered her first double-double game against
Adix in the Circle
Sophomore right handed pitcher Tracie Adix had an exceptional couple of weeks, from March 22 – May 5. She appeared in 18 games picking up the win in 15 of those games. The sophomore (21-7) allowed just 13 earned runs and has struck out 49 batters for a 0.90 ERA in 100.2 innings of work.
Freshman Sandy Vojik and junior Sara Bandauski each registered their first collegiate home run during the three-game Conference
The Blue Demons rode the wave of a nine games winning streak from March 26-April 10. DePaul’s streak was broken by a 7-6, loss at
The Blue Demons participated in some of the nation’s best tournaments; the Clearwater Invitational, the Stanford Invitational, the NFCA Lead-Off Classic and the KIA KLASSIC. The Blue Demons faced eight ranked team in their first 18 games. They picked up a pair of wins over ranked teams. They defeated No. 4 Oklahoma, 4-1 at the Clearwater Invitational and they shutout No. 18 Nebraska, 2-0 at the KIA Klassic.