2-26-2012 DePaul Wins 2012 NFCA Classic


February 26 2012


DePaul Claims 2012 NFCA Leadoff Classic Title

February 26, 2012

 CLEARWATER, Fla. – With a perfect 5-0 record, the DePaul Blue Demons claimed the 2012 NFCA Leadoff Classic championship, after topping Hofstra 3-0. on Sunday at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla.

Seventeenth-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette also finished tournament play undefeated, but the crown went to DePaul on a tiebreaker.

DePaul led off their final contest with three hits in the opening inning, including a two-RBI double from senior Kirsten Verdun that proved to be all the runs needed in the contest.  In the circle, sophomore Hannah Penna picked up her second win of the weekend by allowing just four hits in the complete game shutout.

For the tournament, the Blue Demons were led by sophomore Megan Coronado who went 5-for-8 over four games with three runs, three RBIs and a .727 on-base percentage.  On the pitching side of things, both Verdun and Penna each went 2-0 and recorded identical 0.58 ERAs.  For the weekend, the Blue Demons posted a team batting average of .372 and a team ERA of 0.44.

In Louisiana-Lafayette’s game with Winthrop, the Ragin Cajun’s overcame an early 1-0 deficit to rally and top the Eagles, 6-1.  Senior second baseman Paige Cormier led the way for her team offensively in the game by going 2-for-2 with two runs, a RBI and a walk.  Senior pitcher Ashley Brignac picked up her third win of the weekend by allowing no runs on three hits over the final four frames. 

Brignac ended her weekend with a 1.05 ERA over four games, giving up just three earned runs and striking out 20.  Offensively, the Ragin Cajun’s were led in the tournament by junior Matte Haack.  Haack posted a .421 batting average over five games with nine RBIs, eight runs, three doubles and a triple.  As a team, Louisiana-Lafayette ended the tournament with a .344 batting average and a 3.00 ERA.

Sunday scores

Louisiana-Lafayette 6, Winthrop 1
DePaul 3, Hofstra 0
Michigan 3, Mississippi State 1
Boston U 8, Illinois 1
Tennessee 5, Massachusetts 0
Georgia Tech 8, Illinois State 0



Most Valuable Player – Raven Chavanne, Tennessee

Most Valuable Pitcher –Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee

Ashley Brignac, La.-Lafayette
Amanda Chidester, Michigan
Megan Coronado, DePaul
Samantha Dodd, DePaul
Matte Haack, La.-Lafayette
Kenshyra Jackson, USF
Nerissa Myers, La.-Lafayette
Sara Nevins, USF
Hannah Penna, DePaul
Katie Smith, La.-Lafayette
Kirsten Verdun, DePaul
Megan Volpano, Boston U.

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