April 16, 2009
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team recorded the 500th win in program history with a 7-1 win over Valparaiso in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader. Purdue racked up 14 hits in the contest, while the Boilermaker pitchers issued nine strikeouts.
Purdue scored its seven runs on 14 hits and an error, including 3-for-4 efforts by freshman Molly Garst and junior Ashley Barr. Seniors Katie Mitchell and Kelly Miller and junior Kaity Stratten each added two hits. The Boilermakers left 12 runners on base in the game, while allowing Valparaiso one run on four hits.
Sophomore Suzie Rzegocki moved to 18-9 on the season, striking out seven in five innings of work. Senior Ashley DiDomenico took over in the circle to start the sixth and allowed just two hits in the final two innings, while recording two Ks. Sam McGee dropped to 8-3 on the year after allowing seven runs in five and two thirds innings for the Crusaders.
The Boilermakers put two hits together in the second, but could not push any runs across the plate. Garst sent a one-out single into left center, then sophomore Beth Cinadr followed with a bunt single. A strikeout and a grounder to second base, kept the scoreboard blank.
Miller led off the third with a single up the middle and went to second on a sacrifice, but was left stranded.
Valparaiso put a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the third as Ashley Wolter singled and stole second, but Rzegocki recorded her fourth strikeout of the game to prevent a run.
Purdue broke onto the scoreboard with three unearned runs on three hits in the fourth. Junior Jenna Alexander reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to start things off and then stole second. Garst followed with a single to center, pushing pinch runner Kaity Stratten to third. Garst stole second and Cinadr reached on a fielder's choice as the Crusaders made a play at the plate. Senior Alicia Spack laid down a perfect sacrifice, allowing Garst to squeeze home and pushing Cinadr to third. Barr made it 2-0, dropping an RBI single into short left field. She then stole second and went to third on a passed ball, before being joined by Miller, who walked. Junior Liane Horiuchi doubled up the left field line to plate Barr, before a grounder to short ended the inning.
Jordan Rutkowski snapped the shutout bid with a solo home run to lead off the fourth. Rzegocki sat down the next six batters in order before exiting the game in the sixth.
The Boilermakers tacked on four runs on five hits as they batted around in the sixth. A pair of singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. A wild pitch brought home the first run, scoring Barr, who led off with a single to left. Senior Candace Curtis picked up an RBI with a grounder to second base. Mitchell plated two more runs with a towering home run to left center, her ninth of the season and the 34th of her career. Shaleigh Jansen took over in the circle after the long ball, but could not stop the Boilermakers as Stratten added her second hit of the game with a single to left center. Garst pushed her to third with a single through the right side. Cinadr was hit by a pitch to fill the bases once again, but a ground ball to the pitcher wrapped up the stanza.
Purdue loaded the bases again in the seventh but could not add to the six-run margin. Barr led off with a single to second base and stole second. Curtis and Mitchell filled the empty bases with a pair of two-out walks. A strikeout wrapped up the inning.
The Boilermakers (22-14) look to finish out the series sweep in Game 2 of the twin bill.