Panthers drop doubleheader to DePaul

The softball team suffered 12-0, 9-0 losses to DePaul Tuesday afternoon in its final non-conference doubleheader of the season.

Eastern (9-32) dropped its first game 12-0 in five innings of play. The Blue Demons opened up the first inning with five runs to take an early lead and continued their hitting frenzy with five more runs in the second inning for a comfortable 10-0 lead.

DePaul was able to put two more runs on the board in the third inning before the Panther defense was able to hold them in the fourth inning. The Blue Devils finished with 14 hits in an errorless game.

Trish Sanders picked up the loss on the mound after giving up eight unearned runs after just the first 12 batters. Sanders dropped her record to 2-14. Jen Green took over for the remaining three innings to give up four runs on five hits.

On the mound for the Blue Devils, Sarah Martz threw a perfect game in five innings of work, striking out four Panthers.

Eastern didn’t leave the board blank, however, committing one error in the game.

The second game started off in the same fashion for

DePaul, scoring five runs in the first inning of play off four hits and two errors committed by Eastern’s short stop and first baseman.

Eastern’s lone hit of the game came in the opening of the second inning as Green singled to left field. Second baseman Carissa Friedewald reached on a fielder’s choice and center fielder Jenny Herber, pinch running for Green, advanced to second on an error by the Blue Devil’s second baseman.

Third baseman Jessi Robertson reached on a fielder’s

choice while Herber was out at second. With a Panther at first and second base, left fielder Amy Barr lined out to center

field to end the inning and Eastern’s only hope for a run.

DePaul put another run on the board in the second inning as the Blue Devil short stop Liz Bouck reached on an error by third base. Bouck advanced to second and third on ground outs and a single by catcher Gina Ramacci earned the RBI and the sixth run of the game.

Eastern quickly went through three batters in the third inning, but returned to a new field in the bottom of the third. Lorie Daniel took the mound for Becker, who received the loss and dropped her record to 7-15. Melissa Slama was replaced at first base by Becker and Slama took over third base. Three hits, a three-run homer and a Panther error later, Eastern was down 9-0.

Green was walked by Lindsay Chouinard and replaced by pinch runner Herber in the fourth inning. But after two strike outs and a ground out to third base, Herber was left on base to end the inning.

Chouinard improved her record to 18-5, giving up just one hit with nine strikeouts. Daniel gave up three hits and two earned runs.

Eastern will play its final conference matchups in a three-game series against Austin Peay this weekend at Williams Field.