CARBONDALE, Ill. - Jackie Tarulli-Fisher drilled a two-run home run and the DePaul pitching staff took care of the rest as the Blue Demons beat Missouri, 3-0, on Sunday to win the Carbondale Regional and advance to next week's NCAA Super Regional.
DePaul improved to 44-11 and will play in the Super Regionals for the
second time in three years. The Blue Demons will face top-ranked
Oklahoma in a best of three series beginning on Friday in Norman. The
Sooners won the Amherst Regional this weekend. Game times and broadcast
outlets will be announced later this week.
The Blue Demons threatened to break the game open immediately by loading
the bases in the first inning but the Tigers were able to escape.
DePaul's Amber Patton recorded a one-out single to right and first
baseman Marcy Wilus was hit by a pitch before Jackie Tarulli-Fisher
looped a single into right to load the bases for Kate Sheaks. Missouri
pitcher Jen Bruck got Sheaks to strikeout swinging for the second out of
the inning before Becca Heteniak brought the fans to their feet with a
long drive, but her fly ball was caught at the warning track by the left
fielder Micaela Minner to end the threat.
DePaul got all the runs it needed in the third when Tarulli-Fisher gave
the Blue Demons a 2-0 lead with her fourth home run of the season
10-feet over the left field fence. The long ball also scored Sandy Vojik
who led off the inning with a single through the right side.
That was more than enough for Heteniak who fired six innings of shutout
ball, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out three. Tracie
Adix got all three batters she faced in the seventh inning to finish out
the game and give the Blue Demons the regional title.
DePaul did add an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Jessica
Evans recorded an RBI-single up the middle. Evans' hit scored Kate
Hanson, who was pinch running for Heteniak, who had previously reached
on an error.
Missouri had runners on second base in the first, third, fifth and
seventh innings, but were unable to push a run across as it left four
runners stranded in the game.
The victory gives the Blue Demons their second trip to the Super
Regional since the NCAA went to this format three years ago. In its
previous appearance, DePaul defeated Northwestern in the 2005 Chicago
Super Regional to advance to the school's third Women's College World
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