The Northern Illinois University softball team suffered a 6-1 setback to DePaul at Mary M. Bell Field Tuesday afternoon.
“DePaul’s a good team,” NIU head coach Lindsay Chouinard said. “More so than that, we didn’t come out to compete against a good team today.”
The Huskie (16-21) offense was held in check by DePaul pitcher Kirsten Verdun who allowed one run on three hits.
“Verdun’s a competitor,” Chouinard said. “I’ve watched Verdun for years. The best thing about her is she competes. She’s going to get you out and she’s going to do everything she can to keep you from scoring and she did just that today.”
DePaul (22-12) jumped on top early with a pair of runs in the top of the second and added a run in the top of the fourth to take a 4-0. The Huskies came back with a run in the bottom of the fifth on a RBI double by Emily Woller (Kenosha, Wis./Tremper). The Blue Demons responded with a run in the fifth and two more in the seventh to seal the win.
Woller was 1-for-1 on the day with a RBI, and Carly Norton (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), who came in to play first in the top of the fifth, was also 1-for-1.
The Huskies return to the diamond Friday, April 13, when NIU welcomes Buffalo to Mary M. Bell Field for a doubleheader. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Central Time with Game Two to follow. Fans can follow all the action live via Gametracker at NIUHuskies.com.
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