March 1, 2008
FULLERTON, Calif. - The Pacific Tigers used a two-run seventh inning to post a 3-2 win over the Boilermaker softball team Saturday afternoon. Purdue led 2-1 and had two outs on the Tigers in the seventh before a pair of hits scored the runs.
Pacific scored its three runs on five hits, while the Boilermakers managed two runs on five hits and an error. Senior Ashley Hall went 2-for-4 to pace the Purdue batters.
Junior Candace Curtis extended her hit-streak to 12 games with a leadoff double in the second inning, but was left stranded.
The Tigers scored first, plating a run on three hits in the third. A pair of single and a sacrifice gave Pacific two runners in scoring position. The Boilermakers got the putout at home on a fielder's choice, but a Kellee Wilson single to left the following play put UoP on the scoreboard.
The Boilermakers finally answered with two runs on two hits and an error in the fifth. Junior Christina Trauger drew a lead-off walk, moved to second on a sacrifice, then scored as junior Kelly Miller lifted a double over the head of the left fielder. Hall joined Miller on base as the first baseman dropped a routine popup. Miller went to third on the play, then Hall moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Freshman Suzie Rzegocki laid down a perfect squeeze bunt, which dribbled just a few feet down the third baseline while toeing the foul line, as Hall advanced to third and Miller crept home. In a bizarre twist, Rzegocki was called away from first base on the look back rule, which requires a base runner to return to their base once the ball is returned to the pitcher, for the inning's second out. A strikeout left Hall stranded at third.
Purdue quickly got two outs on the Tigers in the top of the seventh and had a full count on the next batter. Ball four was called giving Pacific a baserunner and hope for a comeback. Another walk followed, then Lauren Weyman doubled to left to tie the game. With runners at the corners, Wilson singled through the left side to put the Tigers up 3-2. Rzegocki took over in the circle and threw just one pitch which was popped up to the second baseman to end the inning.
The Boilermakers still had an opportunity to win in the bottom of the seventh, putting two on with two outs in the inning. Hall sent a two-out single into right center, then Rzegocki walked. A strikeout, however, wrapped up the game.
Purdue (10-4) looks to bounce back against No. 11 Stanford in a contest scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. EST. The tournament slate, however, is running a little more than 30 minutes behind. Live stats for the game will be available on purduesports.com via the GameTracker feature.