Blue Demons Going Back To Oklahoma City
CHICAGO – DePaul is back in the series!
DePaul’s softball team used timely hitting and solid pitching to beat Northwestern 4-3 and win the Chicago Super Regional 2-0. The victory punches the Blue Demons ticket to the College World Series for the third time in the program’s history and the first since 2000.
It was dj vu at Flames Field as the Blue Demons posted a run in the first inning just as they did in Friday’s game. Right fielder Ashley Parker reached on a Wildcat error and stole second base to be in scoring position with Saskia Roberson at the plate. Roberson sent a shot to left field which allowed a sprinting Parker to score.
Northwestern was able to tie the ballgame in the fifth. Kristen Amegin led off the Northwestern double to right center and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two strikes Darcy Sengewald singled to left field allowing the Wildcats to tie the game.
DePaul wasted no time taking the lead back. Senior third baseman Jenny Doezie was hit by NU starter, Eileen Canney, to begin the Blue Demon fifth. The next batter, designated player Kate Sheaks ,ignited the Blue Demon bats by sending a rocket to left center to advance Doezie to third.
With runners on second and third Northwestern made a pitching change and brought in Courtnay Foster to throw to pinch hitter freshman Marcy Wilus, who walked. Shortstop Jessica Evans singled to centerfield to score Doezie. Senior Dana Kenney followed suit registering an RBI single up the middle to score Sheaks. Two batters later, freshman Sandy Vojik was credited with an RBI, as she flew out to left field to score Wilus and DePaul took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning.
NU took one run back in the sixth on a Jamie Dotson doubled down the left field line, cutting the Blue Demon lead to 4-2.
Northwestern chipped away at the DePaul lead cutting it to 4-3, as the first two Wildcat batters singled and doubled, respectively in the top of the seventh. A ground out by Katie Logan plated the final run before Megan Huitink, who recorded the save for winning pitcher Tracie Adix, finshed off the game by getting the Wildcats’ Stephanie Churchwell to fly out and punch the Blue Demons’ ticket to Oklahoma City.