Feb. 16, 2014
CONWAY, S.C. - The Boilermaker softball team wrapped up its stay at the Kickin' Chicken Classic by evening the score with Towson with an 11-7 victory on Sunday.
Sophomore Lilly Fecho struck out eight batters in the complete-game win, while the offense piled on 12 hits, including two-hit efforts by four players.
Towson managed its seven runs on 13 hits, while the Boilermakers' 11 runs came on 12 hits and three miscues. Megan Chocallo (0-2) was saddled with the loss after tossing three innings for the Tigers. Missy McCormick finished the game in the circle for Towson.
Varsho and junior Ashley Burkhardt were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts on the weekend.
The Boilers jumped on the scoreboard with three runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the first. Rains drove in two with a two-out double to the left center gap. The hit plated Burkhardt and Fletcher, who reached on a walk and a single. The Boilers took advantage of a Tiger miscue as Rains came home on a fielding error by the second baseman.
Towson combined four singles and a ground ball for a pair of runs in the second. A bases loaded infield single and a grounder to second base accounted for the scores.
Burkhardt upped the Purdue lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the inning, lifting a two-run home run into a palm tree beyond the right field fence. The long ball plated Varsho, who was at third base after a fielder's choice, a steal and an illegal pitch.
Purdue hung a four-spot on the Tigers in the fourth inning with four hits and two errors. An RBI single by Varsho, a two-run double by senior Maia Monchek and a sac fly plated the runs. Varsho's hit followed singles by Hoppman and sophomore Paris Andrew. Andrew swiped third to put runners at the corners for Monchek, who delivered with a gapper. An error on the catcher after the throw home allowed Monchek to advance to third, from which she scored on a sacrifice fly by Burkhardt.
The Tigers responded with four runs of their own in the fifth with four singles and a three-run home run by Delanie Dunham. With bases loaded, a fielder's choice play at third base allowed the first score. The home run the next play added the rest.
A Hailey Balk solo homer in the sixth cut the margin to just two at 9-7.
The Boilers tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth as Fletcher skied a homer over the left field fence. The long ball scored Burkhardt, who reached on a fielder's choice. Rains also had a double and a steal in the inning, but was one of two left stranded.
Up 11-7 heading to the seventh, the defense quickly wrapped up the game with a pop up and two strikeouts.
The Boilermakers (4-4-1) return to action on Saturday at the Wilson/DeMarini Classic in Auburn, Ala.