April 11, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A fifth-inning home run by sophomore Paris Andrew was the difference in a 1-0 Boilermaker softball win over Ohio State on Friday night. The long ball was all the Boilers needed as the defense sat down 17 of the final 18 Buckeyes they faced in the game and sophomore Lilly Fecho recorded nine strikeouts.
Purdue scored its one run on four hits and an error, while Ohio State also had four hits and an error in the game. Seniors Lindsey Rains and Danielle Fletcher, sophomore Mary Gooding and Andrew accounted for the Boilermaker hits.
Fecho (15-10) struck out nine in the game, including three in the first inning to escape a bases loaded jam. Olivia O'Reilly (8-5) was saddled with the loss for Ohio State.
The Boilers appeared to have broken on to the scoreboard in the first inning, but an umpire meeting turned a would-be RBI single into an out to end the inning. Rains was hit by a pitch and went to second on a ground out. It appeared junior Ashley Burkhardt singled to the shortstop and Rains headed home, but the shortstop was ruled to have made a catch on the would-be hit to end the inning.
Ohio State threatened in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a trio of seeing-eye singles, but Fecho struck out the next two batters to escape unscathed.
Purdue had a runner on base in the second and the third but could not push a run across. Fletcher singled in the second and senior Andie Varsho drew a one-out walk in the third.
Andrew broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. The homer was the first of the season for Andrew and the second of her career. The Boilers put runners at the corners after that as CJ Parsons drew a pinch hit walk, Varsho reached on a fielder's choice and Rains came aboard with an error by the third baseman, but a fly ball kept them from adding to the 1-0 lead.
The Boilermakers sat down 11 straight Buckeye batters until an error put the OSU leadoff on in the sixth. A sacrifice bunt and a fly ball moved her to third. Left fielder Maia Monchek laid out to snag a fly ball to save a run and wrap up the inning.
Rains looped a two-out single up the right field line and stole second in the seventh, but the OSU left fielder made a grab in foul territory to bring the game to the final stanza.
Fecho and the defense wrapped up the win with a fly ball, a strikeout and a grounder to second base.
The Boilermakers (21-19-1, 8-2 Big Ten) are back in action at 2 p.m. Saturday when they take on the Buckeyes for game two of the Big Ten series. Live video will be available at http://www.purduesports.com/allaccess/.