April 3, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - After a two and a half hour rain delay, the Boilermaker softball team faced off against the Butler Bulldogs. Sophomore Candace Curtis (Danville, Calif.) and freshman Kelsey Haupert (Olympia, Wash.) posted home runs in the 6-0 Purdue victory.
The Boilermakers posted six runs on 11 hits and a Butler error, while allowing the Bulldogs just four hits in the game. Haupert and sophomore Katie Mitchell (Crown Point, Ind.) each tallied three hits in the game, while freshman Jenna Alexander added two hits.
Senior Brooke Baker (Schererville, Ind.) struck out four in the complete-game victory, while Butler used three pitchers in the contest, with starter Jamie Wonderly taking the loss.
The Boilermakers scored first as Haupert sent a solo home run over the wall in left center to leadoff the Purdue half of the second. Sophomore Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) singled down the left field line and was joined on base by freshman Kaity Stratten (Bloomington, Ind.), who walked. However, the pair was left stranded in scoring position by two ground outs.
Butler tallied its first hit in the third as Jill Meinhold singled up the middle with one out. The Bulldogs sacrificed her over to second, but could not drive her home.
Purdue added two runs to its tally on three hits and an error in the bottom of the inning, despite facing a new Bulldog hurler, Jennifer Chasteen. Mitchell led off with a single to right. She moved to second on a sacrifice, before advancing to third as Curtis reached on an error by the right fielder. Curtis stole second, putting two runners in scoring position with one out. Haupert plated Mitchell with a single to right. Alexander followed with a single up the middle to score Curtis. A pop up and fielder's choice left two on base at inning's end.
The Bulldogs put two runners in scoring position in the fourth, but could not score. Jenny Jacobs reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a Bridget Paine double. A fly out kept the Purdue shutout in tact.
Senior Erika Peterson (Irvine, Calif.) drew a one-out walk and Mitchell followed with a single in the fourth, but the Boilermakers could not convert on the RBI opportunity.
Purdue made it a 4-0 game with a run on two hits in the fifth. Haupert led off with a single down the right field line, then stole second, setting the table for Alexander's RBI single to right.
A pair of sixth inning singles and an error by the right fielder loaded the bases for Butler, but Baker got the next batter to line into a double play to get out of the jam.
The Boilermaker offense rewarded the effort with two insurance runs on three hits in the sixth. Mitchell doubled to right center, then went to third on a bunt single by freshman Ashley Barr (Meridian, Idaho). Barr was out on the play after getting caught away from first base following the safe call. Curtis followed with a two-run shot to left, prompting another Butler pitching change. A ground out, walk and fly out followed to bring Butler to the plate one final time.
A pair of ground balls to the pitcher and a caught foul ball sealed the Purdue victory.
The Boilermakers (19-24-1) return to action at 4 p.m. Friday when they take on the No. 8 Northwestern Wildcats.