DePaul Softball Finishes the Season Ranked #6

CHICAGO – The DePaul softball team, which made its fourth trip to Oklahoma City for the Women's College World Series since 1999 finished the season ranked sixth in the final USA Today/NFCA Poll which was released today. The team also finished sixth in the ESPN.com/USA Softball.

The Blue Demons finished their storybook season with a 47-13 record and reached the WCWS without losing a game at the Carbondale Regional or the Norman Super Regional, despite being the No. 14 seed. The team finished the NCAA Championship with a 6-2 mark, falling in an elimination game to Arizona, the 2007 and 2006 National Champion.

DePaul's success was engineered the extraordinary pitching duo of All-Americans Tracie Adix and Becca Heteniak. The tandem threw 352.2 of DePaul's 411.1 innings and helped the pitching staff to the seventh best ERA (1.36) in nation. Individually, Adix (22-4) finished her senior season with a 0.89 ERA, the fifth best ERA in the country and Heteniak (20-6) followed with a 1.20 ERA for the 12th-lowest. Heteniak struck out a team-high 180 batters, averaging 8.0 per seven innings, the 46th most by any NCAA Division I pitcher. Prior to the start of the NCAA Championship, Adix was named the BIG EAST Pitcher of the Year and Heteniak was tabbed the conference's Rookie of the Year, both went 10-0 in conference play.

The Blue Demons knack for hitting the long ball powered them to average 4.33 runs per game. The team blasted a school record 49 homers with junior Sandy Vojik leading the charge with 13, the fourth-most in school history for a single season. Junior Marcy Wilus was responsible for 12 long balls while senior Kate Sheaks knocked eight. Jackie Tarulli-Fisher, Linda Secka and Heteniak each smashed four home runs and Stephanie Blagaich registered two.

Another big reason for the Blue Demons success was their ability to move the runner whether it was done on a sacrifice, stolen base or heads-up base running. For second time in her career, sophomore Amber Patton was one of the nation's best at laying down a sacrifice. Her ability to move runners in 2007 broke her 2006 sacrifice record as she finished with 23 sacrifice hits this season. The sophomore averaged 0.37 sacrifices per game which was the 11th-most in the country.

DePaul ranked 47th in the nation averaging 1.38 stolen bases per game. Freshman shortstop Shea Warren led the Blue Demons with 16 stolen bases and Vojik followed with 15. Linda Secka and Patton also finished with double-digit steals.

The Blue Demons No. 6 ranking is the second highest in the program's history, behind the 1999 team which finished third in the USA Today/NFCA final poll.

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