March 1, 2013
SAN MARCOS, Texas - The Boilermaker softball team kicked off its stay at the CenturyLink Classic with a 3-0 win over Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Friday afternoon. Purdue racked up its eight runs on eight hits, while sophomore Lexy Moore struck out six batters in the shutout.
Moore (2-4) allowed just three hits in the winning effort, while Ashley Elicerio (1-6) was saddled with the loss for the Islanders.
The Boilermakers put up their first run just three batters into the game. Sophomore Ashley Burkhardt drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on a ground ball to the pitcher, setting up an Varsho single by Varsho. Varsho swiped second but was later caught trying to steal third. A walk put junior Danielle Fletcher aboard. Two-out singles by Petruzzi and senior Maia Monchek filled the bases, but a line drive to the pitcher prevented Purdue from adding to its lead.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi threatened to get the run back in the bottom of the inning, but failed to capitalize on a leadoff double, stranding the runner at third after a sacrifice, ground out and strikeout.
Purdue combined a hit, a walk and a hit by pitch for a score in the second. A fielder's choice gave the Boilers runners at the corners after junior Tori Chiodo walked and Gooding reached on a bunt single. A ground ball to the pitcher brought Chiodo in from third. A fly ball left a runner stranded at third.
A double play erased a pair of Boilermaker runners in the fourth after Chiodo and Gooding singled.
The Islanders put a runner in scoring position in the fourth after a single and stolen base, but a pair of ground outs kept them off the scoreboard.
The Boilermakers added an insurance run in fifth, combining a pair of hits, an error and a double steal. Varsho singled to the shortstop and advance to second as the throw to first careened into foul territory. Petruzzi singled, giving Purdue runners at the corners. A delayed double steal, drew the throw to second, allowing Varsho to come home.
Purdue (7-9) returns to action at 6:30 p.m. ET when the team faces off with the host Texas State Bobcats. Streaming video of the game will be available here, while a free audio broadcast can be accessed here.