DePaul dispatches Delaware, FIU
Braget has four hits, five RBI as Blue Demons win two
MIAMI -- No. 25 DePaul on Friday won its seventh game in a row, but Blue Demons coach Eugene Lenti wasn't entirely pleased with the proceedings.
A 5-1 victory against Delaware that followed an earlier 7-3 win against Florida International at the FIU Invitational had Lenti comparing his team to the 1983 White Sox.
"It was winning ugly [Friday]," Lenti said. "Our pitching wasn't sharp, our defense wasn't sharp and we didn't put teams away.
"In the first game, we had a 7-0 lead and let FIU get back into it. In the second game, we had the 5-1 lead when Mary Connolly gave up two walks in the seventh inning with nobody out.
"Our starting pitcher against Delaware, Hannah Penna, wasn't always sharp. And just like Kirsten Verdun in the first game, all three of our pitchers were behind in the count."
Verdun and Connolly combined to give up six walks in nine innings. Penna (3-1) went five innings, giving up one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
DePaul (13-4) jumped ahead of Delaware (3-14) 3-0 in the top of the first inning on Katelyn Braget's RBI single and RBI bases-loaded walks from Ali Warren and Bree Brown.
That was Braget's fourth hit of the day and fifth RBI as she went 3-for-3 with a two-run home run and four RBI in the victory against FIU.
"We did hit the ball well, especially Katelyn who had four hits and a walk in her first five at-bats [Friday]," Lenti said. "And we hit two home runs while not giving up any, so that's a positive."
Verdun's solo home run leading off the seventh provided an extra insurance run.
Connolly singled in the fifth inning and was replaced by pinch-runner Ali Lenti. Ali Warren drove a single to right, and with the help of a Delaware error, Lenti came around to score.
Coach Lenti discounted the week-long layoff as a contributing factor for what he described as a subpar performance on Friday.
"That should have refreshed us," Lenti said. "It gave our pitchers opportunities to sharpen their game and work on the strike zone. What I saw from our pitchers [Friday] was disappointing to me.
"We did enough good things to beat FIU and Delaware, but like I told the players -- it's not just about winning. What also matters is how well you play the game.
"We'll take our two wins and try to be better [Saturday]."
The Blue Demons, who have won 10 of their past 11 games, have a rematch against FIU at 11 a.m. Saturday.