Blue Demon rundown April 6: Softball and women’s tennis wins

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Softball

The Blue Demons jumped out to an early Big East lead as they begin their defense of the 2014 Big East championship.

DePaul went on the road to start the conference slate and swept Seton Hall in a three-game series, winning the first game 7-5, followed by a 14-5 victory in the second part of the double-header. The third game saw the Blue Demons run away from the Pirates early and take home an 11-1 victory in the finale.

For the conference home opener, the Blue Demons fell behind early in the first game against Providence but a barrage of offense pushed both teams into double-digits. A seven-run seventh inning complete with a walk-off grand slam gave  DePaul the 20-16 win, which was followed up by a 6-2 win in game two. The Sunday matchup was cancelled due to rain.

Women’s tennis

A five-game winning streak came to an end Friday when the Blue Demons fell to Marshall 6-2. The loss dropped DePaul to a 13-4 record on the year.

The Blue Demons defeated some high quality teams in the midst of their winning streak, including a 4-3 win over Michigan State and a 4-3 win over No. 33 Long Beach State.

The No. 38 Blue Demons finished the weekend with a match against No. 52 William and Mary and are now only four matches away from the Big East tournament, which they won in 2014. All four matches will be against Big East opponents as they host Providence and Butler April 11, hit the road for a match at Marquette on April 17 and then close the regular season with a home match against Seton Hall.