May 4, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team posted an 8-3 Senior Day victory over Indiana on Sunday, to wrap up regular season play and a fifth place Big Ten finish. Seniors Ashley Hall and Tara Palmer played the final home game of their careers as Purdue swept the season-series with the Hoosiers.
Hall set the single-season triples record with her eighth of the season, while also breaking into the career top five for runs scored with two in the contest.
Purdue scored its eight runs on 12 hits and four Indiana errors, while allowing the Hoosiers three runs on six hits and an error. Eight different Boilermakers contributed hits led by junior Kelly Miller's 3-for-3 effort. Hall and sophomore Kelsey Haupert added two hits apiece.
Freshman Suzie Rzegocki struck out six in the complete-game victory. Sara Olson was saddled with the loss for Indiana after allowing eight runs in five innings of work.
The Boilermaker offense managed four runs on a hit and three Hoosier errors in the first inning. Hall walked and was sacrificed over to second by Miller, who reached on an error by the pitcher. The pair pulled off a double steal to move into scoring position. A fielding error by the second baseman plated Hall and put junior Candace Curtis aboard. With runners at first and third, Haupert laid down a squeeze bunt allowing Miller to sneak home. Sophomore Jenna Alexander singled to again give Purdue runners at the corners as sophomore Ashley Barr stepped to the plate. Barr brought both runners home as she sent a ball into left field, which kareemed off the glove of the left fielder to the fence. Barr advanced to third on the miscue, but was left stranded at inning's end.
Hall posted the record setting triple with one out in the second, before scoring as Miller singled to the shortstop. Haupert hit a two-out to left, pushing Miller to third, but she was tagged out trying to get back to the bag after rounding toward home.
Purdue piled on three more runs on five hits in the third. Barr started the two-out rally with a single throught the left side. Freshman Beth Cinadr followed with a single to right, advancing the speedy Barr to third. Junior Christina Trauger lasered a double down the right field line to plate Barr. Hall made good on her RBI opportunity with a two-run single up the middle. Miller followed with an infield single by a fly ball kept the Boilermakers from adding to their 8-0 advantage.
Indiana snapped the shutout with two runs in the fourth. Julia Hamilton led off with a single to left then advanced to third on a pair of wild pitches. Sara Olson brought her home with a home run over the left field wall.
The Boilermakers stranded Haupert at third after a fourth-inning double and left two runners on after a single and an error in the fifth.
Hamilton and Olson combined for another run in the sixth. Hamilton reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and moved to second on a ground out, before scoring on Olson's single to right.
Monica Wright took over in the circle for the Hoosiers in the bottom of the sixth. She then proceeded to walk Haupert to start the frame and toss a wild pitch to move her to second. Junior Alicia Spack then singled to left center. A fielder's choice left runners at first and second with two outs as Jennifer Moore entered the game to pitch and forced a fly out to end the inning.
The Hoosiers would not go down without a fight as Stephanie Pellerito singled to left to start the seventh. A fielder's choice, strikeout and fly out, however sealed the Purdue victory.
The fifth-seeded Boilermakers (34-20, 9-9 Big Ten) return to action at 11:30 a.m. Friday when they take on No. 4 seed Minnesota at the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston, Ill.