No. 18 Georgia Steals Away 3-2 Win over Softball

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Danielle Fletcher had a home run to start the scoring on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Danielle Fletcher had a home run to start the scoring on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 9, 2014

Final Stats

ATHENS, Ga. - The Boilermaker softball team fought No. 18 Georgia down to the final out, when the Bulldogs spoiled the Purdue upset bid with a walk-off home run to take a 3-2 win.

The Boilers scored their two runs on four hits and an error, while Georgia managed its three runs on four hits. Nine Boilermakers reached base with a hit, a walk or hit by pitch.

Chelsea Wilkinson (11-2) picked up the win for the Bulldogs, striking out six in the final three innings, after relieving starter Geri Ann Glasco. Sophomore Lilly Fecho (6-7) struck out seven in the complete-game effort for Purdue.

Both teams got a hit in the first inning, but neither was able to convert it into a run. For the Boilers, it was a two-out single by junior Ashley Burkhardt. For Georgia, it was a leadoff double.

Georgia had two base runners in the third after a one-out double and a two-out walk, but Fecho issued a strikeout to end the threat.

The Boilers put two on with a pair of two-out walks in the fourth, but a strikeout left the runners stranded.

Senior Danielle Fletcher jumped on the second pitch of the fifth inning and lasered it up the left field line to put Purdue up 1-0. The Boilers then filled the bases as sophomore Paris Andrew was hit by a pitch, pinch hitter CJ Parsons walked and senior Andie Varsho laced a single through the right side. Pinch hitter Katy McJunkin came through in the clutch with an RBI single through the right side to make it 2-0 and prompt a Georgia pitching change. The new pitcher forced two strikeouts and a fly ball to get out of the jam.

 

 

Senior Maia Monchek led off the sixth with a single, but the Boilers were unable to capitalize on the hit.

Georgia loaded the bases on a trio of walks in the sixth and cashed in for one with run with a sacrifice fly. Burkhardt turned a clutch double play by reeling in a foul ball and firing to third to catch the runner away to end the inning.

An error and a hit batsman gave Purdue runners in the seventh, but the Bulldogs erased both.

Down to their final out of the game, the Bulldogs stole away the win on a two-run walk off home run by Paige Wilson. Wilson's long ball made good on a one-out single by Samantha LaZear.

The Boilermakers (8-14-1) return to action at 2:15 p.m. Friday when they take on Central Michigan to open up the USF Invitational in Clearwater, Fla.