March 30, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team secured the season series with Michigan State, splitting a Sunday doubleheader, falling 6-3 in the first game and winning the finale 10-1.
Sophomore Lilly Fecho (13-9) and junior Lexy Moore (3-7) had four strikeouts apiece in Game 1, while Moore added two more Ks in a winning effort in Game 2. Junior Alex Whittemore also saw time in the circle in the win.
The Boilermakers (18-17-1, 5-1 Big Ten) return to action at 4 p.m. Friday when they play host to the Indiana Hoosiers.
Michigan State 6, Purdue 3
Michigan State scored two runs in the first, two in the third and two in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead in the game. The Boilermakers launched a comeback bid in the sixth, but could not pull off the victory.
The Spartans scored their six runs on six hits and a Purdue miscue, while the Boilers' three runs came on seven hits. Valerie Kaff (4-8) picked up the complete-game win for MSU, while sophomore Lilly Fecho (13-9) struck out four in three and two thirds innings in the loss. Junior Lexy Moore also issued four Ks for the Boilers in the final two and a third.
A walk and a hit batsman gave MSU a pair of runners in the first, setting up an RBI double by Sarah Gutknecht and a sacrifice fly by Destinee Luna that gave the Spartans the early lead.
The Spartans upped their lead to 4-0 following a leadoff single with a Gutknecht home run.
Michigan State took advantage of a miscommunication by the Boilermaker defense for a pair of runs in the fourth. A leadoff single, an all-hands safe fielder's choice and a sacrifice put two runners in scoring position with one out. An intended sacrifice bunt turned infield single was not played on by the Boilermaker infield and made its way to the grass allowing both runs to score before the Boilers recovered to punch out the hitter attempting to take second on the play. A double and walk followed, but a strikeout by relief pitcher Lexy Moore prevented further damage.
The Boilermakers put up three runs on four hits in the sixth inning to cut the margin in half. A bunt single by Varsho and a single by senior Maia Monchek got things started. Senior Tori Chiodo plated Varsho with a double to center field. A sacrifice fly by junior Ashley Burkhardt brought Monchek in to score. Another sac fly, this one by senior Danielle Fletcher, scored Chiodo. A single by freshman Katy McJunkin put runners at the corners, but a pop up kept the Boilers from converting on the RBI opportunity.
MSU went down in order in the sixth to give Purdue one final chance. Varsho got a two-out bunt single, but a ground ball to second base capped the game.
Purdue 10, Michigan State 1
Purdue scored in every inning but the first in the mercy-rule win to clinch the season series. The Boilermakers bounced back from the loss with a 10-1 victory, featuring 10 hits, including multi-hit days by senior Danielle Fletcher (3-for-4), senior Andie Varsho (2-for-3) and freshman Katy McJunkin (2-for-4).
Junior Lexy Moore (3-7) struck out two and held the Spartans to a run on five hits. Junior Alex Whittemore threw the final inning of the win. Kelly Smith (2-9) allowed three runs in two and a third innings in the losing effort, while Valerie Kaff finished off the game for the Spartans, giving up seven runs on eight hits and three errors.
Both teams managed a base runner in the first inning, but were held off the scoreboard. Senior Maia Monchek drew a one-out walk for Purdue in the opening stanza, while a leadoff single, a sacrifice and a ground out got a Spartan to third base in the bottom of the inning.
Fletcher gave Purdue a 1-0 lead lifting the first pitch of the second inning over the fence in left field.
Another long ball in the third inning put the Boilers on top 3-0. The no-doubter to center field by Varsho made good on a leadoff walk to freshman Kristen Hoppman.
A double and an error gave Purdue its fourth run. McJunkin led off with a double and went to third on a ground out, before scoring on a fielding error by the first baseman that put sophomore Mary Gooding aboard. Varsho also drew a walk in the inning, but the Boilers couldn't add to the 4-0 lead.
Michigan State broke onto the scoreboard with a run on two hits in the fourth. A hit by pitch and a single set up a one-out RBI single by Alyssa McBride.
The Boilers got the run back and two more care of three hits and an error in the fifth. A one-out single by Burkhardt and double by Fletcher started the inning. An error by the shortstop allowed both to score and put McJunkin on second base. Sophomore Paris Andrew brought McJunkin home with a double to left center.
Purdue finished off the scoring with a three-run, four hit sixth inning. Varsho doubled and Monchek reached on an error by the shortstop. Chiodo followed with an RBI single up the middle bringing in Varsho and Fletcher sent a single into right to plate Monchek. A bunt single by McJunkin loaded the bases, setting up a sac fly by Andrew that made it 10-1.
Michigan State got a leadoff single in the bottom of the inning to keep hope alive, but the Boilers got a fielder's choice play at second base and turned a double play to wrap up the win.