March 28, 2006
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Kristen Schell provided all the scoring Purdue needed with a first-inning home run, while junior Brooke Baker allowed just one hit in six and a third innings of work, as the Boilermaker softball team brought home a 2-0 win from the Butler Softball Field on Tuesday.
With two outs in the opening stanza, senior Kristen Schell (San Diego, Calif.) put the Boilermakers on the board with a home run over the fence in right center. The two-run shot drove in senior Staci Falzon (Carlsbad, Calif.), who walked, stole second and went to third on a fly ball. A ground out ended the inning.
The Boilermakers tallied hits in the second and fourth inning, including a double by freshman Katie Mitchell (Crown Point, Ind.), but could not add to their lead.
The Bulldogs threatened in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases on a trio of walks, but could not break the shutout.
Senior Tricia Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) sent a two-out triple into the right field corner in the fifth, but could not make it home as a ground ball ended the stanza.
Butler put a runner on third in the bottom of the inning as Annie Dolan reached on an error by the shortstop and advanced on a sacrifice and a grounder. Another ground ball kept the Purdue shutout in tact.
Senior Becky Stone (Belleville, Ill.) doubled to right center with two outs in the sixth. Mitchell then joined her on base with a walk, but a high fly ball to right left both on base.
The Boilermakers scored two runs on eight hits, including two-hit efforts by Lilley and Stone, while Butler managed just one hit, a two-out single in the first inning.
Junior Brooke Baker (Schererville, Ind.) moved to 11-8 on the season with the win, after striking out four in six and a third innings. Jamie Wonderly (3-5) was saddled with the loss for the Bulldogs.
The Boilermakers (19-16) return to action at 3 p.m. Friday when they play their home and conference opener against Penn State. Opening day festivities begin at 2 p.m. More details on opening day events will be available on purduesports.com.