March 16, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Senior Danielle Fletcher laced a two-out walk-off single up the middle to lift the Boilermaker softball team to a 3-2 win over Long Island Sunday morning.
Fletcher's seventh-inning single drove in senior Andie Varsho from third. Varsho had reached on a leadoff bunt and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and a fly out.
Fletcher and Varsho each had two hits in the game, while junior Ashley Burkhardt went 3-for-3 as Purdue put up its three runs on 11 hits. LIU scored its two runs on eight hits.
Juniors Lexy Moore and Alex Whittemore, senior Lauren Grant and sophomore Lilly Fecho also saw time in the circle in the win. Moore went five innings and struck out four, but Fecho (8-8) threw the final out of the seventh to earn the victory. Cassie Vondrak and Shelley Proctor (8-11) pitched for LIU. Proctor was saddled with the loss after throwing the final three and two thirds innings.
The Boilers scored first putting up two runs on four hits in the second. Burkhardt led off with an infield single and Rains sent one through the left side. A sacrifice set the table for sophomore Mary Gooding's two-RBI single up the middle. Senior Andie Varsho also had a bunt single in the inning, but the Boilermakers could not convert on the first and third opportunity.
Burkhardt singled in the third and sophomore Paris Andrew had a two-out hit in the fourth, but Purdue could not add to its 2-0 lead.
Long Island combined two hits and a sacrifice for a score in the fifth. A one-out single and a sacrifice put a runner at second for Whitney West, who drove in the run with a triple. A ground ball to the shortstop kept West from coming home.
In the fifth inning, Fletcher had a two-out single and Burkhardt followed with her third hit of the game, but both were left stranded.
The Blackbirds faced two Boiler pitchers in the sixth and managed a run on two hits and a walk. A single, a walk and a sacrifice brought Whittemore into the game. The first batter she faced singled to drive in the run, but she forced a pop up and a strikeout to prevent further scoring.
A walk and a single put two aboard for LIU with two outs in the seventh, but Fecho came in and struck out the next batter to set up the Boilers' seventh inning heroics.
The Boilermakers round out the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament with a 1:30 p.m. ET contest with Green Bay.