April 19, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Lilly Fecho of the softball team hails from Carol Stream, Ill., but she wasted no time indoctrinating herself into the Purdue-Indiana rivalry. In the Boilermakers' three-game sweep of the Hoosiers last weekend in Bloomington, the left-handed pitcher appeared in all three games, totaling 14 innings, and allowed merely one run - for a snappy 0.50 ERA - on 11 hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. She started and won Game 2, pitching a complete game, and picked up another victory in relief in Game 3. Fecho was named the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. The Boilermakers picked up 7-2, 9-1 and 7-3 victories for their first three-game sweep of Indiana since 2009.
Alexander Field Dedication
Alexander Field, the new Purdue baseball stadium, will be formally dedicated prior to the Boilermakers' game against Nebraska tomorrow night. The ceremony is scheduled to begin around 6:35 p.m. and will feature three speakers: athletics director Morgan Burke, fifth-year senior pitcher Robert Ramer and former head coach Dave Alexander, who provided the lead gift for the ballpark that is named in honor on his parents, John and Anna Margaret Ross. The personable "Alex" will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as well. Game time is 7:05 p.m., and the contest will be streamed live on the BTDN.
Weekend Softball Promotions
Purdue's weekend softball series against Nebraska is chock full of promotions. Friday (4 p.m.) is Blackout Day - all fans are encouraged to wear black. Saturday (1 p.m.) is Alumni Day/Social Media Day - alumni in attendance will be honored; engage with the program on social media platforms using the hashtag #PurdueNUSB. Sunday (1 p.m.) is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day - all Purdue faculty and staff and their families receive $1 admission to the game.
Praise for Hazell
Former quarterback Bob Griese, who is now a member of the Miami Dolphins' radio broadcast crew, had high praise for Purdue head football coach Darrell Hazell at the program's alumni barbecue April 12. Griese told the audience that he asked Dolphins' wide receiver Brian Hartline, who played for Hazell at Ohio State, what he thought of the new Purdue coach. Hartline's response: "Best coach in the Big Ten." Griese repeated the story the following day to the 2013 team.
Kix Surgery Successful
Supervisor of women's basketball operations Terry Kix underwent successful surgery for stomach cancer on April 11 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Six chemotherapy treatments significantly reduced the size of the tumor, and doctors had to remove only one-third of Kix' stomach. Kix appeared at the team's annual awards banquet via FaceTime video chat three days after surgery and declared that she had "kicked the crap out of that tumor." Then, yesterday, she reported more good news that no cancer cells were found anywhere. Kix will remain in New York to undergo post-surgery treatments and is expected to return to West Lafayette around mid-May.
Mollenkopf Center Upgrades
Work has begun on upgrading the football team room on the third floor of the Mollenkopf Athletic Center. Head coach Darrell Hazell's office also has been refurbished, and plans call for new graphics to adorn the hallways. New exterior signage was put up above the main entrance to the building earlier this month.
Directors' Cup Update
At the conclusion of the men's and women's basketball seasons, Purdue ranked 35th among NCAA Division I schools in the Directors' Cup standings with 341 points. A year ago at this time, the Boilermakers were 37th with 360.5 points. Seven of 12 fall and winter teams have qualified for postseason play in 2012-13.
Freshman Vanessa McLeod broke the school record in the 800-meter run on April 13 at the Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn. She ran a time of 2:06.36 to top Brooke Woodruff's mark of 2:06.69. McLeod, a freshman, also owns the indoor 800-meter run record at 2:07.70 ... Both track and field teams are home today and tomorrow, playing host to the Dave Rankin Invitational. Saturday is Student Appreciation Day - all students with a VIP Card are admitted free and receive double points ... Men's golf hosts the Boilermaker Invitational tomorrow and Sunday ... Men's tennis has added a season-ending doubleheader against Vincennes to its schedule. The Boilermakers will honor seniors Krisztian Krocsko and Pawel Poziomski at the matches on Tuesday, April 23 ... Following the WNBA Draft on April 15, Drey Mingo accepted an invitation to attend training camp with the Washington Mystics. Camps open around the league May 5 ... Former Purdue soccer standout Lauren Sesselmann played in the inaugural game of the National Women's Soccer League on April 13. A member of the 2012 bronze-medal winning Canadian Olympic team, Sesselmann started at defender for FC Kansas City and played the entire game in its 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers ... John Purdue Day is set for Saturday, June 1, at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.