Feb. 23, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. - Junior Alex Whittemore added her name to the Purdue softball pitching annals, tossing a complete-game five inning no-hitter in a 12-0 win against Mississippi Valley State Sunday morning. The no-no was the first for the Boilermakers since April 24, 2010 and marked the 16th in program history.
Whittemore struck out four batters and allowed just one walk in the contest, while also saw Purdue commit one fielding miscue. On the other hand, the Boilermaker batters put up 12 runs on 12 hits and four MVSU miscues. Tenna Patterson (1-4) was saddled with the loss for the Devilettes.
The Boilers batted around in the opening stanza, putting up four runs on three hits and three errors. Senior Andie Varsho started the Purdue bats with a double to left. A pair of errors put senior Maia Monchek on second and allowed Varsho to score. With runners at the corners two batters later, Rains picked up two RBI with a double just inside the left field line. Rains came home on a single up the middle by freshman Kristen Hoppman, which made it 4-0. Senior Tori Chiodo followed with a walk, then pulled off a double steal with Hoppman, but a strikeout and ground out kept Purdue from adding to the lead.
Purdue poured on four more runs in the second. Varsho walked and swiped two bases before scoring on a double by junior Ashley Burkhardt. Senior Danielle Fletcher bounced a towering two-run bomb off the scoreboard in left center to make it 7-0 Boilers. Rains continued the hit parade with a single and Hoppman walked to set an RBI chance for Chiodo, who delivered with a single up the middle.
A throwing error in the third inning gave MVSU its first base runner, but the Boilermaker defense recovered with two ground outs and a strikeout to get out of the inning.
Junior Gabi Brown started Purdue's four run third inning with a bunt single. Brown stole second and went to third as freshman Michelle Poe reached on an error. With two outs and runners at the corners, Parsons stepped in and plated two runs with a double to right center. A walk put Chiodo aboard and a fielder's choice put senior MaryBeth Pavlick on to fill the bases. Sophomore Mary Gooding singled up the middle to pick up two RBI and put the Boilers on top 12-0.
A one-out walk in the fourth gave the Devilettes their only other base runner in the game, but again the defense shut them down with a pair of ground outs.
Purdue filled the bases again in the fourth, but could not add to its lead. Freshman Michelle Poe sent a one-out single into shallow right field for her first collegiate hit. Senior Lauren Grant drew a walk and Parsons added her second hit of the game, a two-out single, but a strikeout left the score at 12-0.
Whittemore finished off the game forcing a fly ball, a strikeout and a grounder back to herself.