May 9, 2014
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Both tennis teams begin NCAA Tournament action today.
The women (12-10), ranked 39th nationally, take on No. 19 Georgia Tech (13-9) in Nashville, Tenn., at 11 a.m. ET. Host Vanderbilt faces Murray State in the other first-round match there, with the winners to meet at 5 p.m. ET Saturday. The Boilermakers are making their third straight postseason appearanec and the seventh in program history.
The men (15-7), ranked 40th in the country, face No. 21 Clemson (20-8) in Lexington, Ky., at noon ET. Host Kentucky will take on Denver in the other first-round match at that site, with the winners to square off at 3 p.m. ET Saturday. The Boilermakers earned their first postseason berth since 2002 and the sixth in program history.
Purdue is one of 39 schools to have both its men's and women's teams in the NCAA Tournament. There are 64 teams in each.
Softball Beats IU, Advances in Big Ten Tourney
The softball team overcame an early 2-0 deficit to defeat intrastate rival Indiana 4-2 yesterday in opening-round action of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill. The Boilermakers got a two-run home run by junior first baseman Ashley Burkhardt and an RBI single by freshman designated player Katy McJunkin to support sophomore pitcher Lilly Fecho, who scattered four wins in the complete-game victory. Purdue (27-27-1), seeded sixth, takes on third-seeded Minnesota (38-9) at 11 a.m. CT today. The game will be televised by BTN.
Earlier this week, Burkhardt and senior outfielder Andie Varsho were named first team All-Big Ten, while Fecho, senior third baseman Tori Chiodo and senior catcher Danielle Fletcher received second team acclaim.
Men's Golf Back in NCAA Regional
After a one-year hiatus, the men's golf team is back in the NCAA Regional Golf Championships.
The Boilermakers will play at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., from May 15 to 17 for a chance to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Purdue last advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2012 after also making it in 2011. However, this year marks just the third appearance since 2007 (2011, 2012 and 2014).
The Boilermakers are seeded eighth and will be joined in Sugar Grove by California (No. 1 seed), Illinois (No. 2), USC (No. 3), UAB (No. 4), UNLV (No. 5), Clemson (No. 6), Kent State (No. 7), Mississippi State (No. 9), Cal State Fullerton (No. 10), New Mexico State (No. 11), Jacksonville State (No. 12), Cleveland State (No. 13) and Saint Peter's (No. 14).
The 14 squads will be vying for five spots to the NCAA Championships, set for May 27 to June 1 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.
Senior Adam Schenk and freshman Austin Eoff were named second-team All-Big Ten. It marks the first time since the 2007 season that the men's golf program had a pair of honorees and just the 10th time in school history that at least two players were recognized.
Komara Returns to Alma Mater
Kelly Komara has returned to her alma mater as an assistant women's basketball coach.
The 1998 Indiana Miss Basketball played for the Boilermakers from 1999 to 2002 and was a member of the 1999 national championship team and the 2001 national runner-up squad. She is one of seven players in school history to record at least 1,000 points, 400 assists and 200 steals for their career. Her 1,266 career points rank 18th in school annals, while her 402 career assists are 11th and her 297 career steals are fifth. She owns the Purdue season record with 120 steals in 2001-02. Komara earned first team All-Big Ten honors as a senior.
Komara's coaching resume includes positions at Northwestern (2006-07), Auburn (2007-10), Valparaiso (2011-12) and Albany (2013-14).
Governor's Cup Update
Purdue has clinched at least a tie for the Governor's Cup title in its head-to-head competition against intrastate rival Indiana.
The Boilermakers lead 10-8 with two points still on the line at the Big Ten Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships from May 16 to 18 at Purdue's Rankin Track and Field.
Purdue last won the Governor's Cup in 2006-07, when it was known as the Crimson & Gold Cup. The schools tied in 2007-08 and 2009-10.
Boilermaker Block Party
Purdue baseball will host a Boilermaker Block Party during its May 16 game against Iowa at Alexander Field.
The athletics department is offering All You Can Eat ticket specials priced at $15 for adults and $10 for youth. Each special includes a game ticket and all you can eat hamburgers, hot dogs and chips. In addition, a beer garden will be set up on the first base concourse for fans aged 21 and older. A variety of beer and wine will be available for purchase. Alcohol sales will end during the seventh inning.
Game tickets not including the all you can eat food deal start at $5.
Game time is 6:30 p.m.
Junior Aurora Kan shot a three-over 75 at the opening round of the NCAA Women's Golf Central Regional Championships yesterday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla. Kan is tied for 25th in the individual standings, 10 shots off the lead. She returns to the course at 12:45 p.m. CT today ... Nick Terruso, director of video services, has been honored as the 2013-14 Basketball Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association and is a finalist for the prestigious Bob Matey National Video Coordinator of the Year Award, which will be announced at the annual CSVA banquet on May 22 ... The volleyball team received its ninth consecutive public recognition award for posting a multi-year Academic Progress Rate score in the top 10 percent of its sport ... The Big East and Big Ten Conferences have announced the establishment of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, an annual early-season series of eight men's basketball games played between the two conferences and named in honor of Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East and basketball visionary. The Gavitt Tipoff Games will be played on four consecutive days during the first full week of the college basketball season. The series begins at the start of the 2015-16 season and will span eight years, with games played at home sites ... The Big Ten also announced that the 2017 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament will be held at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C., the first time it will take place somewhere other than Indianapolis or Chicago ... Former women's basketball coach Lin Dunn (1987-96), now head coach of the Indiana Fever of the WNBA, announced that the 2014 season will be her final year in coaching. She is the winningest coach for both the Boilermakers and the Fever, took Purdue to its first NCAA Women's Final Four in 1994 and the Fever to the WNBA Championship in 2012. Dunn has coached for 44 years, including 38 as a pro or college head coach. Former Purdue player Stephanie White (1996-99), currently associate head coach of the Fever, will succeed Dunn as head coach.