ANN ARBOR, MICH. (May 20) - Fifth-seeded DePaul defeated Central Michigan, 5-0, to eliminate the sixth-seeded Chippewas from the 2000 NCAA Softball Regional at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor, Mich.
DePaul was paced by pitcher Lindsay Chouinard's performance on the mound and shortstop Liz Bouck's
infield defensive plays. With the victory. DePaul (39-20) extended to 20 innings its regional shutout streak. Blue Demon pitchers have surrendered just nine hits in three regional games.
DePaul got off to an early start by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning off Central Michigan starter
Tina Kinney (24-8). After Bouck opened the game with a walk, Jenny Davis advanced her to second with a sacrifice bunt.
Shavaughne Desecki then singled to rightfield to drive in Bouck. Desecki moved to second on the throw to the plate, then
advanced to third on a groundout. Julie Luna walked and stole second, and a throwing error by CMU catcher Lindsay Horvath allowed Desecki to score and Luna to go to third. Tami Bouck stepped to the plate and roped a drive down the leftfield line, scoring Luna to give DePaul an early 3-0 advantage.
After Wendy Stephens entered in relief of Kinney in the circle, a Toni Campbell single to centerfield scored Tami Bouck
for the 4-0 Blue Demon lead.
With the four-run cushion, Chouinard struck out the side in the bottom of the first and then had back-to-back 1-2-3 innings
in the second and third. The Blue Demons added another run in the top of the fourth when Campbell doubled and pinch runner
Laura Vinson later scored on a single by Liz Bouck.
Central Michigan got its first hit of the game when Becky Manson drove a Chouinard pitch into centerfield in the fourth
inning. A Nicole Weston double put Chippewa runners on second and third for their first scoring threat of the game, but
Chouinard recovered to strike out Kinney and force a groundball out to end the inning and the threat.
In the fifth, CMU again put two on after a Hope Robertshaw walk and an Amy Morrison single to the shortstop. Chouinard
shut down the rally, popping up Stephens and getting Manson to ground out to first. From there Chouinard continued to roll,
stopping CMU in the sixth and the seventh to preserve the win (17-8) and her 10th shutout of the season.
The Chippewas finished the season with a record of 33-13 and as
the MAC champions.