Feb. 17, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Winter weather derailed travel plans for a trio of BIG EAST teams last weekend as only Butler, DePaul, St. John’s and Seton Hall were able to get to their respective destinations. The Blue Demons headed to the College of Charleston Classic in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., as Kirsten Verdun and Mary Connolly led DePaul to a 4-1 mark and earned BIG EAST weekly softball honors.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kirsten Verdun, Sr., LHP/1B, DePaul
Verdun was dominate in the circle and at the plate last weekend, batting .500 to tie for the team lead and owning a DePaul-best seven hits, while pitching to a 1.33 ERA with a 2-1 record over 21 innings of work. At the plate, the senior recorded hits in all five games, including her first home run of the season and 31st of her career to move into a tie for third all-time at DePaul. Verdun tossed a four-hit shutout against Ole Miss on Saturday, while also going 2-for-3 at the plate against the Rebels.
BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week
Mary Connolly, Jr., RHP, DePaul
Connolly carried a no-hitter through six innings against Atlantic-10 preseason favorite Fordham before finishing with one hit, four strikeouts and one walk in the win. The shutout against the Rams was the first of her career and the complete game was her second of the season. She also added two hits and three RBI against Fordham.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Erin Burner, Jr., SS/C, St. John’s
Burner finished the weekend 6-for-13 (.462) including a perfect 3-for-3 performance with a pair of home runs and a double in a 4-3 victory over Jackson State. Burner led the team with a 1.231 slugging percentage and recorded two doubles, a triple, two home runs, three RBI and six runs in the tournament.
Danielle DeStaso – Jr., RHP, Seton Hall
DeStaso started against Drexel on Saturday night, allowing just one earned run while scattering five hits and striking out seven over five innings. In 2.2 innings of relief against East Carolina, the junior allowed just two hits and no runs with a strike out. For the weekend, DeStaso threw 7.2 innings, allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts for a 0.91 earned run average while limiting opponents to a .241 average.
Meredith Henze, Sr., 3B, Seton Hall
Henze led Seton Hall (2-1 at the Pirate Snow Classic) offensively for a second week in a row, starting all three games at third base while hitting .556 (5-for-9) with a 1.000 slugging percentage and .636 on-base percentage. Additionally, Henze had a 1.000 fielding percentage with three putouts and seven assists on the weekend.
Grace Kramer, Fr., RHP, St. John’s
Kramer picked up her first collegiate save in a game she also started as the Red Storm defeated Jackson State 4-3 in the Arkansas Invitational on Saturday. The rookie started the game, allowing two runs on five hits in three innings before returning to close the game for the last two outs. In two appearances last weekend, Kramer recorded nine strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA in 6.1 innings of work.