Feb. 29, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. - Junior Dana Alcocer tossed her first career no-hitter as Purdue downed UC Davis 9-0 in a mercy-rule shortened game. The Tuscon, Ariz., native faced 18 batters, striking out four and allowing just one walk, while the Boilermaker offense posted a pair of home runs, including a grand slam from freshman Beth Cinadr, in the victory.
"Dana did a good job of keeping us in the game until our offense came around," head coach Kim Maher said.
The Boilermakers scored their nine runs on six hits, including a 2-for-3 effort from junior Candace Curtis, which included a two-run walk off home run in the fifth.
Alcocer moved to 6-1 on the season with the no-hit victory, while Jessica Hancock (5-4) was saddled with the loss for UC Davis.
After leaving two runners on in the first inning, the Boilermakers made good on their RBI attempts in the fourth, putting up three runs on four hits. Cinadr reached on a fielding error by the pitcher to start the stanza. Cinadr went to third on a sacrifice and a single by Curtis, who then stole second to move into scoring position. Sophomore Jenna Alexander followed with a ball to the shortstop, who threw home but not in time to beat Cinadr's slide. Pinch runner Amy Butcher stole second, to set the table for freshman Suzie Rzegocki, who picked up two RBI with a double up the left field line.
The Boilermakers tacked on six more runs in the fifth inning to seal the run-rule victory. A single, a walked and a fielder's choice loaded the bases for Purdue to start the inning. Cinadr cleared the bases with a grand slam over the fence in left center. Junior Kelly Miller, senior Ashley Hall and sophmore Ashley Barr all scored on the long ball. Junior Katie Mitchell drew a walk, prompting an Aggie pitching change. Alex Holmes took over on the mound, but her stay was shortlived, as junior Candace Curtis wrapped up the game with a shot to left center, her third home run of the season.
Purdue returns to action at 6:45 p.m. (EST) when the team faces off with the host Cal State Fullerton Titans. Live statistics of the game will be provided on purduesports.com via the GameTracker feature.