April 26, 2006
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team could not quiet the Notre Dame bats in a 9-1 loss in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader. Purdue looks to rebound in the night cap of the twin bill which is slated to begin at 6:20 p.m.
Purdue put two runners on with a hit and a walk in the first and advanced them into scoring position, but could not manage a run in the opening stanza.
Notre Dame plated five runs on four hits in the bottom of the inning including a two-run double by Meagan Ruthrauff and a two-run home run by Carissa Jaquish.
The Boilermakers threatened again with two outs in the third as senior Tricia Lilley (North Canton, Ohio) was hit by a pitch and junior DaQueta Johnson (Ontario, Calif.) followed with a single to left. A pop up, however left both stranded.
The Irish tacked on three more runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the third. A home run, a single and a walk accounted for the runs. The scoring prompted a Purdue pitching change as sophomore Melissa Burns (Miami, Fla.) took over in the circle and issued back-to-back foul outs to end the inning.
Senior Kristen Schell (San Diego, Calif.) singled to lead off the Boilermaker fourth. Pinch runner Kelly Miller (Indianapolis, Ind.) went to second on a wild pitch, but could not make it in to score.
Burns allowed two base runners in the fourth, but struck out two Irish batters and got another to ground out to escape unscathed.
The Boilermakers broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the fifth, combining three walks and a wild pitch for a run to prevent a shutout. Senior Staci Falzon (Carlsbad, Calif.) drew a lead-off walk then went to third on a ground out and a passed ball. She was then joined on base by Lilley and Johnson who both drew walks from Notre Dame reliever Kenya Feumeller. With the bases full, Irish starter Heather Booth reentered the game and issued the wild one to give Purdue its first run. A pair of strikeouts kept the Boilermakers from adding any more runs to its tally.
Notre Dame combined a pair of hits for a run in the bottom of the sixth to end the game via the eight-run rule. Linda Kohan singled up the middle with a runner on third to seal the Irish win.
Purdue scored one run on three hits, while allowing nine runs on 12 hits and two errors.
Booth (17-9) earned the victory for Notre Dame, while junior Brooke Baker (Schererville, Ind.) was saddled with the loss for Purdue.
The teams will play Game 2 of the doubleheader beginning at approximately 6:20 p.m.