April 19, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Boilermaker softball team recorded its 30th win of the season with a series splitting 9-0 victory over the Michigan State Spartans Saturday afternoon. With the win, Purdue reaches the 30 win milestone for the 10th straight season and does so in the fewest amount of games in program history (44).
Purdue scored its nine runs on 13 hits and an error, while allowing the Spartans just three hits. Ten different Boilermakers tallied a hit in the contest, including a pinch hit home run by sophomore Kaity Stratten and two hit efforts juniors Kelly Miller and Christina Trauger and sophomore Ashley Barr.
Freshman Suzie Rzegocki struck out a season-best eight in the complete-game victory, while Lesley Noel (12-13) was charged with the loss for the Spartans. Kelly Confer and Shae Bass also saw time in the circle for MSU.
The Boilermakers wasted no time jumping onto the scoreboard, putting up three runs on two hits in the opening stanza. Miller reached on a bunt single. Junior Candace Curtis joined her on base with a walk. A fly ball gave Purdue runners at first and third for junior Katie Mitchell, who dropped a three-run bomb over the wall in right field.
A Barr double in the fourth brought in two more runs for the Boilermakers. Sophomore Kelsey Haupert led off the inning with a sharp single back to the pitcher. Mitchell followed with a sacrifice, but reached safely on an errant throw by the pitcher. Barr picked up the RBI, lofting the one-out double over the head of the left fielder. She went to third on the throw home, but was out on a fielder's choice the following play. Freshman Beth Cinadr also supplied a hit in the inning, but a line drive to the third baseman kept Purdue from adding to its 5-0 advantage.
Miller supplied another hit to start the fifth and was joined by Curtis, who was hit by a pitch. The Boilermakers were unable to capitalize, however, as a double play and a strikeout wrapped up the frame.
Senior Ashley Hall hit a two-out double into the right center gap to drive in two more runs in the sixth. The two-bagger plated pinch runner Amy Butcher and Trauger. Butcher was running for sophomore Jenna Alexander, who led off the inning with a dying single to left, while Trauger reached on a bunt single. The pair advanced into scoring position on a grounder to first base.
Curtis connected on a Shae Bass offering for a solo shot to right to start the seventh. Stratten followed sending a one-out pitch sailing over the center field wall, for the second hit and home run of her career. The Boilermakers then proceeded to load the bases as freshman Shelby Krammer walked, Barr singled up the middle and Trauger singled through the right side. A pair of fielder's choice plays, however, left the score at 9-0.
Purdue (30-14) returns to action at 1 p.m. ET, when the Boilermakers take on the Northwestern Wildcats in a doubleheader.