DePaul Overcomes Early Home Run to Top Texas Tech|
Mikey Kenney led off with a solo home run in Texas Tech's 5-1 loss to DePaul Sunday.
Feb. 10, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - DePaul left-hander Kirsten Verdun worked around a Mikey Kenney leadoff home run and held Texas Tech to just four hits in a 5-1 victory Sunday morning to close the Sportco Kick-Off Classic at Eller Media Stadium.
The game resembled much of the 2012 match-up between the two schools as Tech (3-2) connected on an early home run while Brittany Talley frustrated DePaul in the circle. The Red Raiders went on to win that game, 2-1.
This time, however, the Blue Demons (4-1) found an answer to Talley after four shutout innings as Brittany Boesel connected on a two-run homer in the fifth and Megan Coronado added a RBI single in the sixth.
The Blue Demons added two more runs in the seventh off back-to-back RBI doubles from Allie Braden and Verdun, who helped her cause with a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
In the circle, Verdun (3-1) recovered quickly from Kenney's first-pitch home run to hold the Red Raiders to just three hits the rest of the way. The southpaw struck out six and walked two in the complete-game performance.
The Red Raiders looked to add to their early lead in the third with two on and two outs for Adriana Perez, who drilled a hard liner just in reach of Samantha Dodd in left field. It was Tech's final scoring chance as the Red Raiders failed to put a runner on second over the final four innings.
Talley (2-1) was charged with the loss, her first of the season, after giving up two runs off three hits with three strikeouts. Cara Custer came on in relief to surrender three runs over 2.1 innings of relief before Gretchen Aucoin closed the seventh with the final out.
The Red Raiders return to the road next weekend at the Troy Cox Classic hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.