April 9, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Katie Mitchell became Purdue all-time home run leader, belting the 33rd of her career in the Boilermakers' 12-0 win over Michigan State in Game 1 of Thursday's twin bill. Purdue moved to 19-12 on the year with the mercy-rule win.
Sophomore Suzie Rzegocki (16-7) struck out seven Spartans, while holding MSU to just four hits in the win. Lauren Krammer (4-7) was saddled with the loss after allowing Purdue four runs in three innings of work.
The Boilermakers managed 12 runs on eight hits and seven Michigan State errors. Junior Liane Horiuchi led Purdue with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBI.
The Boilermakers boasted a 2-0 lead just three batters into the game as Mitchell sent the record-clinching two-run shot over the left center field wall. The long ball plated senior Candace Curtis, who sent a one-out single through the left side. Junior Jenna Alexander reached base with two outs as the left fielder dropped a lazy fly ball, but could not score.
Junior Liane Horiuchi drove in two more runs, bouncing a double off the right field wall in the second. The two-bagger scored sophomore Shelby Krammer and senior Kelly Miller, who reached on a single through the left side and a walk. Hoiruchi went to third on the play as the third baseman mishandled the throw in from the outfield. Curtis joined her via walk, before a fly ball to right stranded both.
Sophomore Beth Cinadr led off the third with a single up the middle and moved to third on a sacrifice and a grounder to third base, but could not score.
The Spartans put two runners on in the third as Melanie Bensema drew a one-out walk and Brett Williams tallied MSU's first hit with a single up the middle. A strikeout and a ground ball to third base kept the shutout in tact.
Purdue tacked on six runs on three hits and four errors in the fourth. Senior Christina Trauger reached and went to seocnd as the left fielder dropped a fly ball to start the stanza. Miller laid down a sacrifice, but was safe at first as the third baseman's throw was too high. Trauger went to third on the play and scored as the Spartans hunted down the ball in short left field. Miller was caught stealing for the inning's first out. Horiuchi doubled off the right field wall and went to third on a ground ball before being joined on base by Mitchell, who walked. The first baseman dropped the ball at first base on the receiving end of a grounder, allowing Horiuchi to speed home. With runners at first and second, Alexander plated two by poking a double into the right center gap. Freshman Molly Garst reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, pushing Alexander to third. Garst then stole second, before Krammer walked to fill the bases. Trauger made it 10-0 with a single up the middle. A grounder to the shortstop finally ended the inning.
A bevy of Boilermaker pinch hitters combined for two runs in the fifth. Senior Alicia Spack drew a leadoff walk. Junior Kaity Stratten reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. All hands were swafe on a fielder's choice which put junior Ashley Barr aboard. Freshman Katie Hackney picked up an RBI as Spack scored on a fielder's choice. Barr was out at second on the play. Alexander made it 12-0, lifting a sacrifice fly to center field. A strikeout brought the Spartans to the plate one final time.
Michigan State managed a pair of two-out hits in the bottom of the fifth, but could not break the shutout.