April 9, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After toasting the Michigan State Spartans 12-0 in Game 1 of Thursday's twin bill, the Boilermaker softball team finished off the sweep with an 8-3 victory in the night cap.
Purdue racked up its eight runs on 14 hits and two Spartan errors, while Michigan State scored three runs on four hits and a Boilermaker miscue. Senior Candace Curtis and junior Ashley Barr each posted three hit efforts in the game, while senior Katie Mitchell, junior Jenna Alexander and sophomore Shelby Krammer each added two hits.
Sophomore Suzie Rzegocki allowed just one Spartan hit before exiting after three innings, while senior Dana Alcocer struck out three in four innings of relief en route to the victory. Lauren Kramer tossed the complete game for MSU, dropping to 4-8 on the year with the loss.
Purdue scored quickly again in Game 2, racking up seven runs on six hits and an error in the opening stanza. After starting the game with a fly out, eight straight Boilermakers reached base. Alexander launched a three-run shot to start the scoring. The dinger brought home Curtis and Mitchell who had reached on a single and a walk. Sophomores Beth Cinadr and Krammer and senior Christina Trauger followed with singles to load the bases. Junior Ashley Barr brought one run in with a single to left. Senior Kelly Miller laid down a bunt, but reached safely as the catcher's throw to first sailed into left field. Both Krammer and Trauger scored. Junior Liane Horiuchi capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right. Miller, who had stolen second, went to third on the fly out, but was stranded by a grounder to the pitcher.
The Boilermakers wasted doubles by Mitchell and Barr in the second and third.
The Spartans managed their first run of the day, albeit an unearned one in the third. Melanie Bensama led off with a double to center. A fielding error by the shortstop allowed her to advance to third, from which she scored on a Lindsey Hansen sacrifice fly.
Purdue got the run back, capitalizing on a leadoff two-bagger by Curtis for a run in the fourth. After the hit to right center, Curtis went to third on a single to left by Alexander, before coming home on a sacrifice fly to foul territory in left.
Senior Dana Alcocer took over in the circle to start the fourth inning and retired the Spartans in order.
Barr reached on a bunt single to start the fifth and was sacrificed to second, but left stranded.
MSU cut the margin to six as Brett Williams sent a leadoff home run over the left center wall in the bottom of the fifth.
Curtis singled up the middle and Mitchell followed looping a hit up the first base line to kick off the sixth. Krammer added a two-out single to left to fill the bases, but a fielder's choice play at second base kept the Boilermakers off the scoreboard.
Michigan State added its third run on a bases loaded wild pitch in the sixth. A single, a double and a hit by pitch filled the bases. The Spartans had runners at second and third after the wild one. A fly ball to center field accounted for the inning's second out and the would-be sacrifice fly was nullified as the runner left early before the catch. Barr reached on a fielding error by the shortstop in the top of the seventh, was sacrificed to second and went to third on fly ball, but could not score.
The Spartans did not give up easily, putting two on in the final stanza. A one-out walk and a two-out hit batsman accounted for the runners, but a grounder to the shortstop marked the game's final out.
The Boilermakers (20-12, 5-3 Big Ten) return to action on Saturday when they play host to the Iowa Hawkeyes for a 2 p.m. contest.