March 23, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College softball team (9-15, 0-2) was defeated by the DePaul Blue Demons (15-12,2-0), 5-3 and 13-6, in two games on Saturday, March 23 in Providence, R.I. The teams will close the series with the final game being played on Sunday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m.
In game one, DePaul scored one early run off a double, which sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) matched with a solo homerun in the bottom of the inning. The Blue Demons scored another two runs in the third off a homerun that was hit by junior pitcher Kirsten Verdun (3-1). Harrell doubled in the fifth to bring in a run to cut the lead to one (3-2). DePaul sophomore Staci Bonezek hit a two-run homerun in the sixth to extend the lead to three (5-2). Sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) hit a solo homerun to centerfield in bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to give the Friars the advantage (5-3).
In the second game, Providence took an early two-run lead off a homerun hit by senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.). DePaul countered it with three runs in the top of the third. Senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with a solo homerun to centerfield (3-3). DePaul hit a two-run homerun in the fifth, but sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the inning to put the Friars on top, 6-5. The Blue Demons brought in eight runs in the sixth and seventh innings off two homeruns, two doubles and four singles to steal the victory (13-6).
Bryant led the Friars offensively, going 4-7 with two runs and two RBI on the day. She also recorded one homerun, one double and two singles.
Freshman Kiara Amos (Malden, Mass.) pitched all seven innings in the first game, and the final two innings of game two, and recorded both losses. She tallied three strikeouts on the day. Senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched the first five innings of game two, allowing eight hits and five runs. She recorded three strikeouts.