The DePaul women's softball team's season ended with a loss to James Madison in the Michigan Regionals of the NCAA tournament. Despite teh first round exit, it was a successful and fun season for the Blue Demons.
The Blue Demons finished the season with a record of 35-16. They were 11-5 in Big East Conference play and won the Big East tournament, which gave them the automatic berth in the NCAA tourney.
Coach Tracie Adix-Zins did a fantastic job, after taking over for the legendary Eugene Lenti. Following a legend is never easy, but Coach Tracie is off to a great start.
As a player, Coach Tracie earned All-American honors as a pitcher. As a senior, she led DePaul to the 2007 Women’s College World Series with a 22-4 record. She was 10-0 against Big East teams. Before returning to DePaul as Head Coach, she had stints as an assistant at Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and North Carolina State.
The future looks bright for the Blue Demons. The team will only lose four seniors. Sabrina Kuchta (2B), Brianna Viles (OF), Alysia Rodriguez (IF) and Morgan Greenwood (C/3B) have finished their playing careers at DePaul and will be moving on to their next chapters in their lives.
The six juniors turning seniors will be expected to assume more of a leadership role, while the other underclassmen will also step up. Of course, there is always the infusion of new talent with the incoming freshman class.
Despite the excitement of this season and the future, Coach Tracie has other things on her mind in the immediate future. She will be welcoming a new little one into the Adix-Zins clan.
I had a blast covering the Blue Demons this season. I look forward to even more fun next season.
I thank DePaul's Bob Sakamoto and Alyssa Damato for facilitating my coverage all season.I also thank Coach Tracie and the entire team for their time and consideration along the way.
My online piece for Global Traveler can be found at The Road to the Women's College World Series. Also, go to DePaulBlueDemons.com for info on all of the teams at DePaul. Check back here for recurring coverage of the women's basketball team and the women's softball team.
Tracie Adix-Zins and me in Chicago, IL-May 2019.