In the final draw of the regular season, DePaul’s softball team beat Providence 2-1 in a draw which secured a 10th inning win in the third game. With this win, the Blue Demons finished the regular season with an overall record of 28-22 and a record of 16-8 in conference play.
The Blue Demons took game one of the series in a 5-1 win over the Friars on Friday. Graduate student Sarah Lehman was pitcher for the Blue Demons and threw all seven innings, hitting six bats and hitting just two.
Providence rose to the first board with a path laden with bases, but it was the only run they scored before the Blue Demons shut them down and went on their own offensive.
New signing Baylee Cosgrove started the stroke with a single in the second inning. He followed that with a single in the fourth inning before new third baseman Carly Alvers singled out and scored two more runs.
“If you get a chance to attack, play defensively, what we ask you to do is continue to play the way you play and have fun,” head coach Tracie Adix-Zins said of the freshmen. after their match on 27 April. “I’m very proud of how they’ve been playing lately.”
Junior right winger Tori Meyer closed the game with a double to the right to secure victory in the first game.
The second game took place right after the first game with a double header on Friday, and this time, it was Providence who took the win as the Blue Demons lost 8-4. With the loss, the Blue Demons secured the 4th seed for this week’s Big East championship.
It was DePaul who landed first on the board in game two, but the Friars responded with three rounds of their own.
The Blue Demons had back-to-back home runs from second midfielders Nicole Sullivan and Cosgrove in the fifth inning to equalize, but Providence hit back with back-to-back home runs of their own.
After that, the offense was Providence with three singles in a row to run away with the game and win by a four-time lead.
It all ended in a decider draw three on Sunday which required ten innings before the Blue Devils won 5-4. Lehman was on the mound again and held on for ten innings hitting seven bats.
“[Lehman] played a great game and has really been a rock for us this time of year,” said Meyer. “Every time he steps in a circle you can tell he’s going to hit you.”
The score opened with a single by graduate student outfielder Kate Polucha who took home second baseman grad student Skylor Hilger. Meyer followed with a triple to give the Blue Demons an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.
The Friars hit back with two home runs in the second inning and then two more home runs in the fourth quarter to take the lead. However, Meyer had two midfields to score freshman catcher Anna Wohlers to tie the game again.
After that, round after round passed as both teams played without a goal until the tenth round rolled. In the tenth round, it was Wohlers who became the Blue Demons hero with one home run to the right field.
Providence didn’t go down without a fight at the bottom of the inning. They have players at first and second base when the strokes jump into the outfield. However, DePaul was able to make the runner out at third base secure the victory.
“We come into this weekend with no pressure at all because we’ve already got our seed in the tournament,” Meyer said. “Providence are a great team to play with because their throws help prepare our hitters for the Big East Tournament.”
With the regular season finished, the Blue Demons will turn their attention to the Big East championship in Rosemont, Illinois, next Thursday. DePaul will face 1st seed UConn in the first round on Thursday.
“I think we’re ready and playing our best softball at the moment,” said Lehman. “We can compete with these teams and have to go into the week confident.”