The college softball season should be ending about now. The DePaul Blue Demons looked to be favorites in the Big East Conference and presumably would have been in the Women's College World Series tournament.
Coach Tracie Adix-Zins has been a major part of the DePaul program over the years. As a pitcher, Tracie led the team to the 2007 Women's College World Series. She had an outstanding record of 22-4, including being 10-0 against Big East opponents. She also had a 0.89 ERA, threw 10 complete game shutouts and struck out 168 batters on the way to being named the Big East Pitcher of the Year.
After assistant coach stints at Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and North Carolina State, Tracie returned to DePaul as head coach in 2019. She led the Blue Demons to a 35-16 record on the way to their third-consecutive Big East Tournament title and 21st NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.
Big things were expected from DePaul this season and I was very excited to be covering the team again. Unfortunately, the pandemic put a stop to all college sports.
I am still hopeful for Fall Ball. Usually teams play a few games in September. I'm even hoping this year, Fall Ball will be expanded to a few more games.
I appreciate Traci for her time and consideration last season. It was a lot of fun and I hope that fun resumes later this year!
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Tracie Adix-Zins and me in Evanston, IL-May 2019.