ATLANTA – It took another seventh-inning rally, but the Boilermakers downed Georgia Tech 4-3 to wrap up their stay at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Sunday.
Purdue scored its four runs on nine hits, while allowing the Yellow Jackets three runs on four hits and two errors. Freshman Lauren Stewart, who hails from nearby Alpharetta, Georgia, senior Katie Harrison and junior Kristen Hoppman each tallied two hits in the game.
Senior Lilly Fecho did her part in the circle, striking out five in the complete-game victory, while retiring 10 in a row at one point.
Purdue boasted a 2-0 lead just three batters into their offensive output, thanks to three straight doubles by Stewart, Gooding and Harrison. Hoppman added an infield single to push pinch runner Morgan Cavinder to third, then swiped second herself, but the Boilermakers couldn’t add to their advantage.
The Yellow Jackets got one run back in the second, combining a single, a walk and a double to center.
The Boilermakers managed a hit in the second and third, but did not push a run across. Hampton had a single in the second, while Harrison added one in the third.
Purdue added an insurance run in the fourth care of a Georgia Tech error. Freshman Mallory Baker tapped a single to center field. Pinch runner Sydney Pencek went to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Emily Kenny laid down a sacrifice bunt, but the first baseman’s throw to first sailed into right field, allowing Pencek to score and Kenny to go to second on the play. Senior Paris Andrew also reached base in the inning after being hit by a pitch.
Samantha Pierannunzi and Courtney Ziese tied the game at 3-3 with solo home runs for Georgia Tech in the sixth and seventh. Pierannunzi led off the sixth with her long ball, while Ziese’s came with one out in the seventh.
Stewart led off the home half of the seventh with a single to the shortstop. A wild pitch and a sac bunt by Gooding pushed her to third. Harrison caught the Yellow Jackets off guard with another sacrifice bunt to bring Stewart in and win the game.
The Boilermakers (6-3) return to action on Friday when they kick off a five-game stretch in Stockton, California, against Cal Poly, Pacific and Cal State Bakersfield.