Softball finished the regular season in spectacular fashion

Donald Crocker

The team cheers as Anna Wohlers crosses home plate after a home run against St. John’s on April 15.

In the final series of the regular season, the DePaul softball team defeated Providence 2-1 in the series that was secured with a 10th inning victory in Game 3. With the win, the Blue Demons end the regular season with a 28-22 overall record and a 16-8 conference record.

The Blue Demons won Game 1 of the series in a 5-1 win over the Friars on Friday. Graduate student Sarah Lehman was the pitcher for the Blue Demons and pitched all seven innings, striking out six batters and allowing just two hits.

Providence came first on the board with a base-laden walk, but it was the only run they scored before the Blue Demons stopped them and had their own offensive flurry.

Designated freshman Baylee Cosgrove threw the hit with a single in the second inning. She followed that up with a single in the fourth inning before rookie third baseman Carly Alvers hit a single and scored two more runs.

“If you have the opportunity to play batting, play defense, all we ask is that you keep playing the way you play and have fun with it,” said head coach Tracie Adix. -Zins about freshmen. after their game on April 27. “I’m really proud of the way they’ve been playing lately.”

Junior right fielder Tori Meyer capped off the game with a double to right field to secure the Game 1 win.

Game two came just after game one in a double header on Friday, and this time it was Providence who took the win as the Blue Demons went down 8-4. With the loss, the Blue Demons secured the No. 4 seed for the Big East Championship this week.

It was DePaul who landed first on the board in Game 2, but the Brothers responded with three runs of their own.

The Blue Demons had back-to-back home runs from second-year center fielder Nicole Sullivan and Cosgrove in the fifth inning to tie the game, but Providence responded with back-to-back home runs of their own.

After that, the offense was all Providence with three straight singles to run away with the game and win by a four-run lead.

It all came down to a decisive third game in the series on Sunday that took ten innings before the Blue Demons took the victory 5-4. Lehman was on the mound again and stayed for all ten innings while striking out seven batters.

“[Lehman] threw a great game and has really been a rock for us all year,” Meyer said. “Every time she enters the circle, you can tell she’s going to knock you out.”

The scoring started with a single by graduate student outfielder Kate Polucha that brought home second baseman Skylor Hilger. Meyer followed with a triple to give the Blue Demons a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

The Brothers responded with a two-run homer in the second inning, then another two-run homer in the fourth to take the lead. However, Meyer had a brace down the middle of the field to score freshman Anna Wohlers to equalize again.

After that, the innings flew away as both teams went scoreless until the tenth inning. In the tenth, it was Wohlers who was the hero for the Blue Demons with a single home run to right field.

Providence did not go down without a fight at the end of the round. They had players on first and second base when a hit went up in the outfield. However, DePaul was able to get the runner out at third base to secure the win.

“We came into this weekend without any pressure because we already have our seed in the tournament,” Meyer said. “Providence was a good team to play because their pitcher helped prepare our hitters for the Big East Tournament.”

With the regular season over, the Blue Demons will turn their attention to the Big East Championship in Rosemont, Illinois next Thursday. DePaul is scheduled to face the No. 1 seed UConn in the first round on Thursday.

“I think we’re ready and playing our best softball right now,” Lehman said. “We can compete with these teams and we have to go into the week with confidence.”

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