WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers split their Strike Out Cancer/Senior Day twin bill with Iowa, taking Game 1 4-1 and falling to the Hawkeyes 5-1 in Game 2 on Saturday.
Purdue put up four runs on eight hits in Game 1, including two-hit efforts by freshman Maya Hughes, junior CJ Parsons and senior Ashley Burkhardt, while junior Lilly Fecho issued 10 strikeouts in the complete-game victory.
In Game 2, the Hawkeyes scored their five runs on six hits with help from eight walks, while the Boilermakers tallied their run on five hits.
For the day, Burkhardt and Parsons went 3-for-6 to lead the Boilermaker bats. Fecho struck out 13 in 10 and two thirds innings of action. Senior Lexy Moore, freshman Gina Snyder and senior Alex Whittemore also saw action in Game 2.
The Boilermakers (27-18, 6-9 Big Ten) return to action at 5 p.m. Wednesday in a doubleheader against Indiana in Bloomington, Ind.
Purdue 4, Iowa 1
Junior Lilly Fecho (17-12) and the defense held the Hawkeyes at bay, while the Boilermakers came back from a 1-0 deficit, scoring four unanswered in the victory.
Burkhardt singled and stole second in the first inning to no avail.
The Hawkeyes scored first on an Allie Wood home run in the second inning. Fecho struck out the other batters in the stanza en route to 10 strikeouts in the victory.
The Boilermakers responded with a run on two hits off Ashley Yoways (2-14) in the bottom of the inning. Freshman Kaylah Hampton reached on a two-out single and came home on the first of two doubles by junior CJ Parsons.
Purdue tacked on another run in the third, making good on a leadoff hit by pitch to freshman Maya Hughes. Hughes stole second, went to third on a ground out and scored on single through the right side by senior Ashley Burkhardt. Junior Paris Andrew was plunked and then pulled off a double steal with Burkhardt, but a strikeout and infield grounder kept the Boilers from adding to the 2-1 edge.
A three-hit fourth inning gave the Boilermakers their final two insurance runs. Parsons doubled and junior Sydney Pencek was hit by a pitch to set the table for the first score, which came care of a Hughes single. A single up the middle by senior Alyssa Koorsen made it 4-1.
Andrew was hit by a pitch again in the fifth and Hughes tallied a single and a steal in the sixth inning, but the Boilermakers would not add to their lead.
The defense forced Iowa to strand seven runners in the game, including a pair in the sixth after two singles and two in the seventh after walks.
Iowa 5, Purdue 1
Both teams scored a run in the second inning, but Iowa was able to capitalize on walks in the third and fourth to take a lead which the team would not relinquish.
Shayla Starkenburg (14-18) went the distance for the Hawkeyes in the win, striking out five batters and allowing just five hits. All four Boilermaker pitchers saw action in the game with freshman Gina Snyder (7-2) taking the loss after giving up the game winner in the third inning.
Neither team could capitalize on doubles in the first inning, but both managed a score in the second inning. Iowa's run came on a Kaitlyn Mullarkey leadoff home run. The Boilermakers had two in scoring position after junior Paris Andrew was hit by a pitch, sophomore Kristen Hoppman walked and junior Mary Gooding supplied a sacrifice bunt. Freshman Kaylah Hampton drove in Andrew with a grounder to the shortstop.
A bases loaded walk gave Iowa the lead in the third. Junior Lilly Fecho took over for Snyder, but allowed a wild pitch with bases still full make it 3-1. Fecho rebounded with a strikeout to end the stanza.
A single, a walk and a fielder's choice filled the bases for the Hawkeyes again in the fourth. This time a fielder's choice play at third base scored the run before a fly out ended the inning.
Senior Ashley Burkhardt led off the fourth with a bunt single, but was called for leaving early in a controversial decision later in the inning.
Iowa capped the scoring, combining a hit batsman and a double in the fifth to go ahead 5-1.
Junior CJ Parsons sent a two-out single into left field in the fifth, but was left aboard.
Andrew led off the Boiler seventh with a single up the middle. Hoppman followed with a bunt single. A wild pitch moved both into scoring position with nobody out, but two fly balls and a foul out cut the Purdue rally short and ended the game.