Seventh-Inning Spoiler

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Candace Curtis posted two of Purdue's five hits in Game 2 against Valparaiso.
Senior Candace Curtis posted two of Purdue's five hits in Game 2 against Valparaiso.

April 16, 2009

Final Stats

VALPARAISO, Ind. - A pair of seventh-inning hits gave Valparaiso a 3-2 win over the Purdue softball team in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader, preventing a Boilermaker sweep.

Whitney Warner supplied the game-winning hit with a single to short left field, which plated Joylyn Ichiyama, who doubled and went to third on a wild pitch to start the seventh.

The Crusaders scored their three runs on six hits, while Purdue managed two runs on a five-hit effort. Senior Candace Curtis led the Boilermaker bats with a 2-for-3 performance at the plate.

Stephanie Kelly (8-5) struck out four in the complete game victory for Valparaiso, while sophomore Suzie Rzegocki (18-10) issued two strikeouts in a complete-game effort for Purdue.

The Boilermakers scored just two batters into the contest. Junior Liane Horiuchi drew a leadoff walk and promptly stole second and third. Curtis followed with a single up the middle to pick up the RBI and make it 1-0 Boilermakers.

The Crusaders tied it up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Jordan Rutkowski hit a two-out triple to right center, then scored on a wild pitch. A pop up ended the inning.

In the second, sophomore Shelby Krammer legged out a stand up triple after lifting the first pitch she saw into deep right field and bouncing it off the fence away from the fielder. Junior Ashley Barr brought her home with a sacrifice fly to right.

Junior Jenna Alexander sent a single up the middle in the third to give Purdue a two-out base runner, but a sharp liner back at the pitcher ended the inning.



Valparaiso knotted the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the third as Karen Korb tripled to start the stanza and scored on Jill Jacobson's single through the left side.

Neither team managed to put a runner in scoring position again until the seventh, when Valparaiso put together the two hits for the win. Rzegocki sat down 12 batters in a row going into the seventh. The Boilermaker batters managed one hit in the fourth and one in the fifth, but could not snap the tie.

Purdue (22-15) returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday when the No. 10 Northwestern Wildcats visit the Varsity Softball Complex. It is Alumnae Day at the ballpark and all Boilermaker softball alumae in attendance will be recognized before the game.