DePaul Softball Takes Super Regional Game One

NORMAN, Okla. -- No. 14 seed DePaul (45-11) defeated No. 3 seed Oklahoma (55-7), 3-0, in the opening game of the Norman Super Regional on Saturday afternoon behind a dominating performance from senior Tracie Adix and timely hitting.

The Blue Demons are now one win away from the program's fourth trip to the Women's College World Series. DePaul and Oklahoma will play Game 2 at Noon CDT. Game 3 would be played at 2 p.m. CDT if necessary. Every game of the series will be televised by ESPN.

Adix (20-2) allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out three batters as she improved to 20-2 on the season and extended DePaul's scoreless innings streak to 27. The Blue Demons have yet to allow a run in four NCAA Tournament games this season.

DePaul got on the board first as it plated a single run in the sixth inning on a run scoring triple by left fielder Kate Sheaks. Sheaks drove home Amber Patton, who led the inning off with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice.

Oklahoma's Lauren Eckermann (27-4) appeared to be battling out of another jam as she worked ahead in the count on Sheaks before giving up the triple on a 3-2 pitch. Eckermann allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in four of the seven innings.

DePaul added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh when Sandy Vojik drilled a 0-1 pitch over the left field fence. The two run home run was her 12th of the season.

Oklahoma's most serious threat of the game came in the bottom of the third as Traci Dickenson recorded a two-out single and Norrelle Dickson followed with a double, putting runners in scoring position for Mariee Mena. Mena's dribbler to the pitcher was bobbled by Adix, before she recorded the ground out on a close play at first.

Notes: Today's game marked the first time during the 2007 NCAA postseason tournament that DePaul has allowed an opposing runner to reach third base... today's DePaul victory was Oklahoma's second loss at home this season... DePaul improves to a perfect 3-0 in NCAA Super Regional play... Blue Demons pitcher Tracie Adix and Becca Heteniak have thrown 27.0 scoreless during the NCAA Tournament this year.

Post Game Quotes

Oklahoma head coach Patty Gasso

On the game:

"Offensively we were flat and did not come out attacking like we wanted to. Our defense was exceptional and tremendous. I felt that Lauren got us out of some big jams and we needed to step up for her offensively and we didn't. It does not take the wind out of our sails. One thing this team is good at is responding and coming back and this is going to be a great challenge for them and we have the right people to lead them tomorrow so we actually look forward to getting back out on the field tomorrow."

On the team's attitude heading into tomorrow:

"Not one time this season has anyone beaten us twice and I think it is pride and the respect they have for each other the trust they have in each other. They work so hard for it and they won't be denied. So I look forward to seeing that I think this team has grown so much and I look forward to seeing more growth tomorrow."

Junior pitcher Lauren Eckermann

On DePaul's batters:

"I think that DePaul is a good team and when you give them opportunities they are going to jump on it. I gave them too many opportunities and let runners get on base and they made the most of it and at this point in the game you can not do that."

Senior Third Baseman Norrelle Dickson

On the pitching in the NCAA Tournament:

"I believe the pitching has gotten better and of course it has gotten better because it is the postseason. If you are not good you will not be in the postseason. Today and at regionals we faced two really good pitchers so we need to make the adjustments as hitters. I think that is the biggest thing. It's not that the pitchers are beating us we are just not making the adjustments as hitters. I think the message has gotten through to us very clear. When our backs are against the wall I know we will make that adjustments."

DePaul head coach Eugene Lenti

On the game:

"I think it was a great game. To me it was an ESPN instant classic. High drama, great pitching, great defense, timely hitting by us and everyone got a little water show on top of it. It was everything you can ask for in a softball game if you think about it. I can't say enough about what these young ladies have done. I think so far we are the first lower seed to win a game and that is really a credit to them. We always talk about making history at the ball and I think today they made a little more history for themselves and hopefully we can keep it going."

On DePaul pitcher Tracie Adix:

"I think she is just carrying over from what she did last week. Somebody asked me how do you prepare for a team like Oklahoma and I thought the fact that we played Missouri was a great tune up for Oklahoma. They are a very similar team in that they have some big power hitters who can hit the ball out of the ballpark and they have some speed players as well and Traci did good job there. Traci to me is a taller version of Greg Maddux. She is not going to strike you out but she is going to get ground balls. Very few walks, keeps the ball in the park and that is the recipe for success against a great hitting team like Oklahoma."

Senior Pitcher Tracie Adix

On her pitching:

"When I was warming up today I felt really good. Everything seemed to be working really well. And when I got to the game I just knew that I needed to pitch to the best of my ability and keep them off balance and hopefully my team will score some runs for me."

Senior Outfielder Kate Sheaks

On her triple:

"I was really excited and obviously it is important at this point in the tournament to get ahead and be the first team to score and jump out and win the first game. I was just looking for some good pitches to hit and not chase her change up which she had working today really well. I was just looking for a good ball to get on so I was really excited."

Junior Infielder Sandy Vojik

On her two-run homer:

"It was a ball right down the middle and I hit it out to center. It was about the same spot of her first pitch of the at bat when I had I had runners in scoring position. You don't want to get down in the count to her because she has the change up and the screw ball that will come in on you. I think we made some good adjustments and took some good cuts at the ball."

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