May 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Boilermakers snagged a Senior Day sweep in dramatic fashion, taking Game 2 of the Saturday twin bill 8-7 in eight innings. A sacrifice fly accounted for the game winner in the contest, which moved Purdue to 29-18 on the year including a 12-8 mark in Big Ten play, the program's best conference finish since 1997.
Senior Candace Curtis wrapped up a big senior day effort by plating the game-winning run in the eighth. Curtis doubled off the wall in right center to start the extra stanza. Sophomore Shelby Krammer laid down a sacrifice to push Curtis to third. Senior Katie Mitchell came through in the clutch, driving in the game-winning RBI with a sacrifice fly, which was caught in foul territory in right.
Purdue scored eight runs on 14 hits and three Hoosier errors, while Indiana managed seven runs on 13 hits and a Boilermaker miscue. Eight of the nine Boilermaker starters posted a hit in the game, led by three hit efforts by Curtis, junior Liane Horiuchi and freshman Molly Garst.
Senior Ashley DiDomenico (2-0) earned the victory for Purdue, allowing just one hit in two and two thirds innings of relief work. Ashley Hobbs was saddled with the loss, giving up eight runs in six and two thirds innings.
The Boilermakers hung a three-spot on the Hoosiers in the opening stanza, combining three hits and an error for the scores. Horiuchi started the game with a double up the left field line. An infield single put Garst aboard and pushed Horiuchi to third. Curtis brought both home with a double to deep center field. Junior Jenna Alexander lifted a high fly ball to right field, which bounced off the Hoosier outfielder. Curtis came home on the play and Alexander wound up at third. A pair of strikeouts and a fly out kept Alexander from making it in to score.
Indiana loaded the bases to no avail in the bottom of the inning. A walk, a single and an error filled the bases, but a caught fly ball and a pop up prevented any damage.
Purdue tacked on two more runs on three hits in the second, with Curtis once again accounting for the RBI. Senior Kelly Miller reached on a fielder's choice, then Horiuchi followed with a single up the middle. A short grounder advanced the runners into scoring position for Curtis, who plated both by dropping a seeing up pop up into no man's land in right center field. Alexander walked, but the Boilermakers were unable to add to their 5-0 lead.
The Hoosiers got two runs back in the second, scoring two run a trio of two-out hits. Heather Nelson singled and Emily Bergeson added a double to give IU a pair of runners in scoring position. Kelsey Stander singled up the middle to bring in both and cut the deficit to three. A fly ball to left capped the inning.
The Boilermakers stranded two in scoring position in third after a walk, a fielder's choice and a wild pitch.
Purdue capitalized on an Indiana miscue to set up a fourth-inning score. Garst led off with a single to short. She then stole second and advanced to third as the center field mishandled a ball backing up the play at second base. Alexander lasered a single up the middle to plate the run and give the Boilermakers a 6-2 advantage. Alexander stole second, but was left there as the inning ended.
The Boilermakers added a run on three hits and an error in the fifth. Miller reached on a two-out bunt single. Horiuchi and Garst followed with singles through the left side to fill the basepaths. Curtis reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, which allowed Miller to score. A ground ball to the pitcher left three on base.
The Hoosiers added two runs in the fifth as Sara Olson supplied a two-out home run to left, plating pinch runner Brittany Devitt, who was on second after a double.
Indiana tied it up in the sixth with three runs on four hits. Bergeson plated two with a shot to left. Kelsey Stander singled and stole second, before scoring the game-tying run on a single up the middle by Jennifer Glueckert. Senior Ashley DiDomenico took over in the circle and forced a pair of fielder's choice plays to get out of the inning.
Both teams went down in order in the seventh to prompt extra innings.
Purdue (29-18, 12-8 Big Ten) must now await their postseason fate until the NCAA Regional field is announced at 10 p.m. ET Sunday, live on ESPNU.l