April 20, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Boilermaker softball team could not overcome early inning miscues in a 10-2 loss to No. 13 Northwestern in Game 1 Sunday afternoon.
Purdue scored its two runs on five hits, while allowing the Wildcats 10 runs on eight hits and two errors. Freshman Beth Cinadr picked up both RBI for the Boilermakers with a second inning triple.
Lauren Delaney (25-6) picked up the win for Northwestern, while freshman Suzie Rzegocki (13-6) was charged with the loss for Purdue. Junior Ashley DiDomenico also saw time in the circle for the Boilermakers.
Purdue got a base runner in the opening frame as junior Kelly Miller drew a one-out walk, but she was left stranded.
Northwestern scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. With two on and two out, the Boilermaker right fielder muffed a fly ball, allowing both runners to score. The next batter, Kelly Dyer, followed with a home run to right field to make it 4-0.
The Boilermakers got two runs back in the second inning on a triple by Cinadr. The two-out hit came with runners at first and second after singles by sophomore Jenna Alexander and junior Christina Trauger.
An RBI double by Tammy Williams and a two-run home run by Michelle Batts pushed the score to 7-2 Wildcats.
Sophomore Kelsey Haupert dropped a single into short right field and went to second on a pass ball in the third, but the Boilermakers were unable to bring her home.
The Wildcats scored two runs on four hits in the third. With runners at first and second, Kelly Quinn lifted a single to the left center wall to plate the first run. Jordan Wheeler lasered a single to second base to drive in the second. A ground ball to the first baseman stranded three NU runners.
Purdue had another scoring opportunity in the fifth as senior Ashley Hall reached on an infield single and junior Candace Curtis was hit by a pitch, but could not capitalize.
Three walks and a hit by pitch in the fifth gave Northwestern its 10th run, wrapping up the game.
The Boilermakers (30-15, 6-5 Big Ten) look to even the series with a win in the night cap of the doubleheader, which is slated to begin at 3 p.m. ET.