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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Northwestern (26-28, 11-13 B1G) will move on in the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-1 victory over Purdue (20-36, 9-15 B1G) at Alumni Field on Thursday. The loss marks the end of Purdue's first season under head coach Boo De Oliveira.
First Team All-Big Ten selection Mallory Baker supplied the lone run of the ballgame for the Boilermakers with a solo shot to right with two down in the bottom of the first. However, Northwestern would respond by taking advantage of two errors by Purdue in order to score six runs in the bottom of the inning, ultimately presenting the opportunity for Kaitlynn Moody to enter the game and put an end to the rally.
The sophomore from West Lafayette, Indiana, did just that as she turned in a valiant effort in relief, throwing 5.2 innings of shutout ball while allowing just four hits and a walk. She began her stint retiring the first six Wildcats she faced and recorded three one-two-three innings.
Moody's performance gave Purdue a chance at a comeback. Although Northwestern's starter settled in as well and didn't allow a run the rest of the contest in order to seal the victory and move onto the second round of the conference tournament.