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Blue Demon Softball Makes Conference USA's Top 10 List



CHICAGO – In honor of Conference USA’s 10th anniversary the league is compiling a list of the top 10 moments in C-USA history.

 

Fans can visit the official website of the league to vote on their favorite moment among the top 10.

 

DePaul’s softball program is included among the great moments. In May 2000, in just the first season of C-USA softball competition, both DePaul and Southern Miss made the conference’s first appearances in the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City.

 

Head Coach Eugene Lenti's Blue Demons were on an amazing run, allowing no runs in five regional contests, while recording a scoreless inning streak of 37 behind freshman pitcher Lindsay Chouinard. Sophomore Shavaughne Desecki, who recorded six RBI during the World Series, was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team. DePaul concluded the 2000 season with a 40-22 overall mark, while finishing second in the conference standings with a 14-1 record.

 

In Oklahoma City, the Blue Demons suffered a 3-2 loss to top-seeded Washington in the opening round and then bowed out as Alabama scored two runs in the last two innings to end DePaul’s magic run.

 

The Golden Eagles, who had claimed the C-USA regular season and tournament titles, were led by senior All-American pitcher Courtney Blades. At the World Series, Blades helped USM to wins over Arizona and Alabama, but lost to the eventual national champion, Oklahoma (3-1) and national runner-up, UCLA, 6-0.