Breaking Down Tracie Adix's No-Hitter

On March 28th, DePaul starting pitcher Tracie Adix's season came to an abrupt halt when a batting practice pitch ricocheted into her face, breaking her nose in six spots. She missed the Blue Demons next ten games and had a tough time in her first two starts after the injury.

Adix looked to get back on track against cross-town rival Loyola at Cacciatore Stadium. Starting the game off with two strike outs, she ran into a little trouble in the second inning with a leadoff walk. Adix buckled down and retired the next 12 Loyola batters to complete her first career no-hitter.

"I don't think words can really express it," Adix said. "I would scream, but it might scare a lot of people. It feels really good, especially having been out for so long. Coming back and this being my first really well day. Being able to pitch and hit my spots consistently, it was nice."

DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti was very happy with Adix's performance and pointed out that the defense didn't even have to make any tough plays, a typical occurrence during no-hitters.

"That's fantastic," Lenti said. "An hour and fifteen minutes, it's like a day off. She did a great job and hit her spots. That's what it's all about. There wasn't even a ball that was questionable of being a hit. Sometimes somebody has to make a great play to preserve a no-hitter. Today it was all Tracie and that's what you like to see. She was jamming them when she had to and getting the ball in the air when she had to. It was an easy day all around."

Her catcher, freshman Jackie Tarulli-Fisher was impressed with Adix's outing and felt that she was getting close to 100 percent.

"Tracie was pitching awesome today," Tarulli-Fisher said. "She was hurting my hand, especially during the game. In warm-ups she was throwing real hard. Then in the game, all of her stuff was working. I was thinking to myself, 'the old Tracie's back'. I think she's about 90 percent back. The next few games and practices, she'll be back to 100 percent."

The fact Adix isn't quite 100 percent healthy yet has to be a scary thought for DePaul's opponents after her recent masterpiece. Adix says she feels like she is close to all the way back but realizes she still has a way to go.

"I still have a way to work," she said. "But it's a lot better than it was before."

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