Feb. 9, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. - The Boilermaker softball team went toe-to-toe with No. 13 Louisiana-Lafayette and played the Ragin' Cajuns to a 7-7 draw in a game that had to be called after eight innings due to travel arrangements.
The game was a back-and-forth affair. ULL went up 2-0 and Purdue tied it up. The Cajuns took a 3-2 lead, but the Boilers scored three runs in the sixth to go ahead 5-3. Louisiana-Lafayette scored four runs in the seventh to take a 7-5 edge, but Purdue knotted it up with two runs in the bottom of the stanza. Both teams had scoring chances in the eighth, but could not convert.
Purdue scored its seven runs on 13 hits and two errors, while ULL managed its seven runs on eight hits and four Boilermaker miscues. Junior Ashley Burkhardt led the Boiler bats with a 3-for-4 effort, two RBI and two runs scored. Senior Lindsey Rains and freshman Kristen Hoppman added two hits apiece. Nine Boilersmakers contributed hits in the game.
Three pitchers saw time in the circle for Purdue. Junior Alex Whittemore tossed two and two thirds innings, striking out one. Senior Lauren Grant threw three and two thirds innings of relief, striking out three, and sophomore Lilly Fecho finished the contest, going one and two thirds innings. The Ragin' Cajuns also utilized three pitchers in the contest, compiling six strikeouts.
Burkhardt and senior Maia Monchek were named to the Louisiana Classic all-tournament team for their efforts on the weekend.
The Boilers got hits in the first and the second care of singles by Burkhardt and Hoppman, but couldn't score.
The Cajuns broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the third with two hits, an error and a sacrifice fly. ULL combined a pair of singles and an error on a fielder's choice play for the first score. A bases loaded sacrifice fly to right plated the second.
Purdue knotted the game at 2-2 with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Mary Gooding started things off with her first career homer, a leadoff shot to right center. Burkhardt added a two-out double and scored on an RBI single by senior Danielle Fletcher. Rains also added a hit in the inning.
Louisiana-Lafayette regained the advantage in the fourth, combining a walk and two singles for a run.
The Boilers loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning, but could not tie the score. Senior Tori Chiodo singled to start the stanza, then seniors Andie Varsho and Maia Monchek joined her with two out walks. A fielder's choice play at second base kept Purdue from adding a run.
Purdue took the lead with three runs on three hits and an error in the sixth. Junior Gabi Brown led off with an infield single and stole second. Monchek followed with a two-out single to the shortstop. Burkhardt put the Boilers on top with a double off the left field wall scoring two, then advanced to third on the throw home and the errant throw.
ULL kept the game going with a two-out rally of its own, combining a fielder's choice, a walk, and three hits for four runs to go ahead 7-5. A single and a fielding error helped the Cajuns to the first run. A two-run double off the wall and an RBI single rounded out the inning.
With their backs against the wall, the Boilers came through, scoring on a two-RBI pinch hit double by freshman Katy McJunkin. The hit followed a leadoff double by Rains and a hit by pitch to Hoppman. A strikeout and ground out kept the game tied at 7-7.
The Cajuns put two runners on in the eight with a single and an error, but could not score.
The Boilermakers had the potential game-winner aboard in the bottom of the inning as Monchek drew a leadoff walk. A strikeout, a pop up and a ground out wrapped the game.
Purdue (1-2-1) returns to action on Friday, Feb. 14, when the team faces LaSalle and Syracuse at the Kickin' Chicken Classic in Conway, S.C.