March 15, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Boilermaker softball team topped Quinnipiac 10-2 in a run-rule shortened game and played No. 12 Baylor to the wire in a 5-4 loss on Saturday at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament.
Senior Danielle Fletcher led the Boilermaker bats with a 3-for-3 effort vs. Quinnipiac and a 3-for-4 outing against Baylor.
Junior Alex Whittemore and senior Lauren Grant combined for 10 strikeouts in the win over Quinnipiac as Whittemore picked up the W. Sophomore Lilly Fecho issued six Ks in a complete-game effort vs. Baylor.
The Boilermakers (10-16-1) play two more games in Clearwater on Sunday, a 9 a.m. contest with Long Island and a 1:15 meeting with UW-Green Bay.
Purdue 10, Quinnipiac 2
The Boilermakers put up 10 runs on 12 hits and an error, including a 3-for-3 effort by senior Danielle Fletcher. Nineteen players saw action in the contest for Purdue and nine recorded hits. Quinnipiac scored its two runs on six hits.
Junior Alex Whittemore (2-1) struck out two batters in four and a third innings of work, while senior Lauren Grant added two Ks in the final one and two thirds. Katie Alfiere (0-2) went five a third for Quinnipiac, while Hannah Lindsley finished the game.
The Boilers scored first with a pair of runs on an RBI double by Fletcher in the first inning. The line drive up the left field line plated seniors Andie Varsho and Tori Chiodo. Varsho had led off the game with a single up the middle, stole second and went to third on a grounder, while Chiodo reached on an error and stole second before scoring.
Quinnipiac managed two singles in the bottom of the first, but a strikeout and fly out left the pair aboard.
Freshmen Katy McJunkin and Kristen Hoppman drew walks in the second, but were stranded by a pair of ground balls.
Purdue tacked on three more runs on a pair of hits in the third. Fletcher added a one-out double in the third and was joined by Burkhardt, who was hit by a pitch. A wild pitch moved the two into scoring position for senior Lindsey Rains, who brought both in with a single to left field. A ground ball moved to Rains to third, then another wild pitch allowed her to score to give Purdue a 5-0 lead.
A trio of singles, a sacrifice bunt and a ground out added two more runs to the Boilermaker tally in the fourth. Hoppman got it started with a single up the right field line. Varsho added a single of her own, then a sac bunt by junior Gabi Brown pushed the pair to second and third. A ground ball gave Chiodo an RBI. Fletcher singled to bring in Varsho and make it 7-0.
Quinnipiac snapped the shutout bid in the fourth as Jordan Paolucci lifted a solo home run.
The Bobcats combined three hits for a score in the fifth. A one-out single and a double brought Grant into the game to pitch. After a strikeout, Quinnipiac added another single to score the run.
The Boilermakers added three insurance runs in the sixth to set up the mercy-rule win. Senior Maia Monchek started the rally with a single and sophomore CJ Parsons followed with a double. Chiodo drove in both with a single to left. She went to second on the throw home and came home the next play as sophomore Lexi Valone nabbed her first hit as a Boilermaker, an RBI single to right. A wild pitch and a single by sophomore Sydney Pencek gave the Boilers runners at the corners, but a ground ball to third base brought Quinnipiac one last time.
The Bobcats went down in order on a fly out, a strikeout and a pop up to cap the game.
Baylor 5, Purdue 4
The Boilermakers fought No. 12 Baylor to the final out, but could not manage the upset, falling 5-4 on a two-out walkoff single.
Relief pitcher Whitney Canion (11-3) struck out four in the last five innings to earn the victory, while sophomore Lilly Fecho struck out six in the complete-game effort for the Boilermakers. Heather Stearns tossed the first two innings for the Bears.
Baylor scored its five runs on 13 hits and two errors, while allowing the Boilermakers four runs on nine hits and two errors. Senior Danielle Fletcher led the Purdue bats with a 3-for-4 effort.
Senior Tori Chiodo and Fletcher had two-out singles in the first, but the Boilers could not break onto the scoreboard.
Purdue did cash in on its scoring chance in the second, making good on two Baylor miscues. Senior Lindsey Rains led off with a single. Senior Maia Monchek and sophomore Paris Andrew reached on the errors to load the bases. Sophomore Mary Gooding put the Boilers on the board with a sacrifice fly. A single by senior Andie Varsho filled the bases again, but Purdue could not push another run across.
The Bears answered with a run on three hits in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff double and a ground out set the table for an RBI single by Stearns, which tied the game. Baylor added another single by another infield grounder stranded two.
The Boilermakers had a runner in scoring position in the third and the fourth, but could not snap the 1-1 tie. Fletcher singled and went to second on a sacrifice in the third, while Andrew registered a leadoff double in the fourth.
Baylor took the lead with two runs on four hits and two errors in the fourth. A single and a sacrifice put a runner in scoring position. A fly out and an error on the throw to the infield allowed the first score. A single and a passed ball set up a single. An error on the throw to first brought in the second run. Baylor got another single in the inning, but a strikeout prevented further damage.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the seventh, the Boilers fought back to regain the lead, putting up three runs on three hits. Freshman Katy McJunkin started the rally with a pinch hit single to right. Chiodo drew a two-out walk to keep the game going. Fletcher evened the score at 3-3 with a double to the left center gap. Junior Ashley Burkhardt drove in the go-ahead run with a triple to the gap. A pop up brought the Bears to the plate.
Two singles and a steal gave Baylor runners at the corners with one out in the bottom of the inning. The lead runner slid under a tag at the plate on a fielder's choice play to tie the game. The Bears tried to end it the next play, but a runner trying to score from second was thrown out by center fielder Lindsey Rains. Fletcher threw down to third to try to get a second out on the play, but the runner was ruled safe in a very close play. A single put runners at the corners. Jordan Strickland, who was down to her final strike, lifted a single into shallow right field to give Baylor the 5-4 win.