April 17, 2005
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team managed one hit against No. 16 Northwestern as the Wildcats issued Purdue a 9-0 run-rule shortened loss. The Boilermakers look to rebound with a win in the night cap of the doubleheader, which is slated to begin at 1:50 p.m.
Northwestern put up one run on one hit and an error in the opening stanza. Erin Mobley reached on a one-out error by the shortstop, then moved to second on a grounder to the first baseman. Jamie Dotson then sent an RBI single up the middle to drive in the game's first run as Mobley scored on the play. A pop up ended the inning.
The Wildcats added another run with two outs in the second. Kelly Odell singled to left, but was out on a fielder's choice the following play. Darcy Sengewald, who reached on the fielder's choice, scored on a Katie Logan double up the left field line. A ground ball left Logan stranded.
The Boilermakers got their first base runner on an Erika Peterson two-out single through the left side in the bottom of the second. A ground out, however, left her on base.
Mobley led off the third with a single to left, prompting a Purdue pitching change. Freshman Melissa Burns (Miami, Fla.) came in to relieve sophomore Brooke Baker (Schererville, Ind.) and face Garland Cooper. Cooper doubled to center, but center fielder Katie Absher saved a run from scoring, throwing out Mobley at the plate on the play. A fly out and strikeout left pinch runner Elizabeth Piatt stranded.
Senior Katie Absher (Puyallup, Wash.) drew a one-out walk in the third, but a double play ended the stanza.
Sophomore DaQueta Johnson (Ontario, Calif.) was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fourth, and moved to second on a passed ball, but a ground out wrapped up the inning.
Northwestern added seven runs to their tally in the fifth inning. The Wildcats loaded the bases on a trio of singles, prompting Baker to reenter the game in the pitching circle for Purdue. Logan singled through the left side, Stephanie Churchwell followed with a single up the left field line, before Mobley filled the bases with a singled off the center field wall before the pitching change. A solid relay throw held the runners. A single by Cooper scored Logan from third, then a single by Dotson drove in Churchwell. A fielder's choice put Kristen Amegin on first and scored Mobley. Sheila McCorkle cleared the bases with a triple into deep right field. McCorkle scored as Sengewald grounded into a double play. With two outs, Logan reached on an error by the pitcher, but a looking strikeout got Purdue out of the inning.
The Boilermakers went down in order in the bottom of the inning to give Northwestern the 9-0 run-rule victory.
Peterson managed Purdue's lone hit of the game, while Northwestern put up nine runs on 11 hits and two Boilermaker miscues.
Eileen Canney (16-4) earned the complete game victory for the Wildcats, while sophomore Brooke Baker (13-11) was charged with the loss after striking out one in three innings of work.
The Boilermakers look to pick up a split with the Wildcats with a win in Game 2 of the doubleheader.