Softball heads to Montana for Montana Classic

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CHICAGO — Softball DePaul is set to hit the road for the final weekend of non-conference play with a trip to Missoula, Mont. for the Montana Classic. The Blue Demons meet the Grizzlies for a doubleheader on Friday before taking on Seattle for one game each Saturday and Sunday.

Friday’s first pitch for Game 1 against the Grizzlies will kick off at 12:30 p.m. CT with Game 2 following around 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, DePaul will face Seattle at 12:30 p.m. before meeting the Redhawks again on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. for the weekend. final.

All games will be streamed live on ESPN+ with a subscription required while live stats are also available. All live links can be found on the softball schedules page.

Montana is 9-11 heading into the weekend and is coming off a 3-2 record at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona. Julie Phelps is averaging .345 over 20 games and leads the team with 19 hits and 11 RBIs. Dana Butterfield and Allie Brock share most of the throwing for the Grizzlies. Butterfield holds a 3.52 ERA and has struck out 25 batters in 59.2 innings. Brock pitched 67 innings and retired 37 with a 5-6 mark. Saturday’s doubleheader will mark the first between the two headlines.

Seattle goes to Montana with a 12-10 record. The Redhawks started the season 5-0 after visiting Rosemont for the DePaul Dome tournament on the first weekend of the season. Seattle last shared a doubleheader with Robert Morris on Wednesday, March 9 with a narrow 3-1 loss and a 10-2 victory in six sets. Carley Nance leads the Redhawks with 23 RBIs on 19 hits and a .322 average. A trio of pitches saw most of the work for Seattle with Stefanie Madrigal boasting a 2.24 ERA while totaling 39 strikeouts in 65.2 innings of work. Saturday and Sunday will mark the second and third all-time meetings with the Redhawks. DePaul and Seattle last met in February 2012 when the Blue Demons won 7-0 in Hawaii.

DePaul is 7-11 this season and went 2-3 last weekend with wins over Tulsa and RV Stanford. The Blue Demons fell to Tulsa, Minnesota and No. 8 Oklahoma State. Brooke Johnson, a two-time BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll pick, paces the Blue Demons offense. The junior first baseman leads the Blue Demons in hits (22), RBIs (18), field goal percentage (.469), batting average (.393) and home runs (4). Graduate Shortstop Maranda Gutierrez is batting .340 and had 18 hits while scoring 11 runs and bringing home eight. Erin Hocker, Sarah Lehman and Natalie Halvorson shared pitching duties.

The Blue Demons will return home for their BIG EAST opener March 18-20 when Butler visits Cacciatore Stadium for a three-game slate.

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