#20 DePauw Blanks Centre in SCAC Softball Winner's Bracket
April 23, 2011
April 23, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw, ranked 20th in Division III, scored two runs in the first, three in the second and four in the fourth to claim a 9-0 victory over Centre in the winner’s bracket of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Championship.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 24-7-1 on the season and advance to play Trinity later on Saturday. Centre falls to 14-22 with the loss and faces Rhodes in the loser’s bracket.
In the first, Rachel MacBeth led off with a single to right centerfield, moved to second on a passed ball and took third on a base hit by Brianne Weeks. Jen Kosinski followed with a double to right center, scoring both runners to put the Tigers up, 2-0.
The Tigers added two more runs on Weeks' first homer of the season in the second. Kosinski then doubled to right center and scored on a single by Emma Minx.
Centre had a baserunner in the top of the third after Regina Sena doubled down the left field line. However, the Colonels were unable to advance her any further, leaving the score at 5-0.
The Colonels had another chance in the top of the fourth with runners on first and second in, but a fielder’s choice prevented the team from plating any runs.
MacBeth led off the fourth with a base hit to right center and moved to second on Weeks' sacrifice bunt. Kosinski reached on a fielding error by the rightfielder with MacBeth scored on the play. Amy Hallett then delivered a three-run homer pushing DePauw's lead to 9-0.
DePauw totaled 11 hits in the contest, with MacBeth, Weeks, Kosinski, Minx and Holly Paris posting two hits each. Hallett led the offense with three RBI. Sena, Chelsea Benham and Katie Martello had one hit each for Centre.
Emily Bichler earned the win for the Tigers, posting her sixth shutout of the season. She allowed three hits and struck out one batter in five innings of work, improving to 22-7. Emily Landherr took the loss for Centre, falling to 5-11 on the year.