Demons Win Big East Regular Season Title

The No.19 DePaul Blue Demons (35-11, 18-3 Big East) captured their second Big East regular season title and earned the number one seed in next weekend's conference tournament.

The DePaul team, who won the conference, despite having their doubleheader against Georgetown cancelled, goes into the tournament having won four of its last five games.

After playing a competitive nonconference schedule that saw the team play seven ranked opponents, DePaul was hoping the experience would prepare them for the rigors of playing in a highly competitive conference, such as the Big East.

The Demons got off to a red-hot start winning their first seven conference games, only once of which was closer than three runs.

After dropping their first conference game to Seton Hall by a score of 4-3, the Demons would only lose twice more in Big East play. The other two losses came to Louisville and Notre Dame, the schools that finished directly behind DePaul in the standings.

Senior third baseman Amber Patton leads the Blue Demon attack, hitting at an impressive . 577 clip in conference play, while adding a nice slugging percentage of .789. Patton has also been a terror on the base paths, swiping nine of 12 bases.

Junior pitcher Becca Heteniak has been the rock that has held the pitching staff together all season. Her powerful arm helped her to a 12-2 record during Big East play. She added a 1.17 ERA, five shutouts, a no-hitter and 105 strikeouts just for good measure. The strikeout total is fifth best in Big East single-season history.

In a game that saw Heteniak strike out 12 Providence players, veteran coach Eugene Lenti picked up his 1.000th career victory. He has since added 18 more wins, earning him a career record of 1,018-491-6.

The Blue Demons go into next weekend's conference tournament as the top seed, while looking to repeat as champions. Last year, DePaul defeated Pittsburgh, Connecticut and South Florida on its way to claiming the crown. Stay tuned to WeAreDePaul.com for a preview of the Big East tournament.


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