May 6, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team wrapped up the regular season with an 11-0 win over Indiana, sweeping the season series and clinching the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Thursday. The fifth-place league finish is the highest for the Boilermakers since the team tied for fifth place in 2001.
Purdue scored 11 runs on six hits and four Hoosiers errors, while holding Indiana scoreless with just four hits. Freshman Jenna Alexander (Rancho Murieta, Calif.) went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead the team.
Senior Brooke Baker (Schererville, Ind.) earned her 25th victory of the season, giving up just four hits in six innings, walking one and striking out two. It was record breaking day for the hurler as she threw her record 12th shutout of the year, while also tying the single-season marks for wins (25) and appearances (49) and the career record for shutouts (23). Indiana's Christy Wahl was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs and walking four in just one-third of an inning. Wahl was relieved by Monica Wright, who threw five and two-thirds innings, giving up eight runs on six hits.
The Boilermakers scored three runs in the opening stanza without the benefit of a hit. Hoosier pitcher Christy Wahl walked each of the Boilermakers' first four batters and tossed three wild pitches to advanced them around the bases. Sophomore Katie Mitchell (Crown Point, Ind.) drew the leadoff walk and went to second as junior Ashley Hall (Noblesville, Ind.) followed with a free pass. A wild pitch moved the duo into scoring position. Sophomore Candace Curtis (Danville, Calif.) filled the empty hole at first. Back-to-back wild pitches moved Curtis to third and sent Hall home. Senior DaQueta Johnson (Ontario, Calif.) drew the fourth walk of the inning and kept running toward second on the play, allowing Curtis to score during the rundown. Indiana switched pitchers and retired the next two batters to get out of the inning,
The Hoosiers put two on in the bottom of the inning, but could not score. Jennilee Huddleston reached on a fielding error by the shortstop and Tory Yamaguchi followed with an infield single.
Freshman Ashley Barr (Meridian, Idaho) reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to start the second inning and scored three plays later. A pair of sacrifices pushed Barr to third, before a single through the left side by Mitchell brought her home.
Freshman Kelsey Haupert (Olympia, Wash.) singled in the third, but was caught stealing to end the inning.
Alexander led off the fourth with a solo home run to left field to make it 5-0 Boilermakers.
Purdue added two more runs in the fifth on a hit and an error. Mitchell drew a lead-off walk. Hall reached on a fielder's choice. A throwing error by the first baseman allowed Mitchell to advanced to third and sent Hall to second on the play. Curtis added an RBI single up the left field line to plate Mitchell.
The Boilermakers capped the scoring with four runs on two hits and two errors. Alexander got the inning started with a leadoff double to right. Barr joined her on base with a walk. A sacrifice by senior Erika Peterson (Irvine, Calif.) moved the runners into scoring position. Pinch hitter Alicia Spack (West Lafayette, Ind.) followed with a sacrifice fly to right that scored senior Catherine Zaworski (Prospect Heights, Ill.), who had come in to pinch run for Alexander. Mitchell then reached on an error by the first baseman, which scored Barr from third. Hall then doubled off the center field wall, moving Mitchell to third. Mitchell scored on another Indiana error, which put Curtis on base. Curtis got caught in a rundown trying to steal second, but the speedy Hall scored before the Hoosiers could tag Curtis for the out.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Hoosiers were able to get their fourth hit of the game, but could not capitalize, as senior Baker and company closed out the game. Baker got the complete game shutout for her 70th career win.
The Boilermakers will return to action on Friday, when they take on No. 4 seed Iowa at the Big Ten Tournament in Columbus, Ohio. Game time is slated for 2:30 p.m.