Softball Splits Fall Opener
Lindsey Rains starred in the first fall game under new head coach Kim Schuette.

Sept. 15, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermakers kicked off the fall season with a mixed bag of results against Lakeland and Purdue-Calumet on Sunday. Purdue started the day with a 17-3 win over Lakeland, before falling to Purdue-Calumet 2-1 while utilizing the entire roster in each game.

Sophomore Lilly Fecho struck out six batters in five innings of work, while junior Lexy Moore gave up just six hits in seven innings in the circle.

Purdue heads to South Bend, Ind., next Sunday to take on Notre Dame and Butler.

Purdue 17, Lakeland 3
The Boilermakers racked up 17 runs on 22 hits and two errors, while Lakeland managed three runs on five hits and four Purdue miscues. Junior Lexy Moore picked up the win for the Boilers, tossing four innings. Junior Alex Whittemore and sophomore Lilly Fecho also saw time in the circle.

Senior Lindsey Rains led the Boilermaker bats with a 3-for-4 effort and three RBI. Senior Andie Varsho was 2-for-2 with a walk and three runs score, while junior Ashley Burkhardt, sophomores Mary Gooding and Paris Andrew and freshman Michelle Poe also posted two hit efforts in the game.



Rains got the scoring started, bouncing a leadoff home run of the flag pole in center field. The Boilers added three more runs in the stanza. With a runner on first, junior Ashley Burkhardt single and scored on a three-base error. Andrew accounted for the fourth score, singling with two aboard to plate the run.

Rains kept her hot bat going with a leadoff triple in the second, then scored on a ground ball to the shortstop to make it 5-0. Fletcher sent a two-out single into the outfield to score Varsho, who had singled and swiped second.

The Boilers poured on three more runs on three hits in the third. With runners at the corners, a fielder's choice play brought in one run. Varsho tacked on another with an RBI single, while a fielding error put Purdue up 9-0.

Lakeland struck the Boilers for two runs on three hits and two errors in the fourth as Purdue swapped out nearly every defensive position.

Rains added an RBI single to her tally to get one run back for Purdue in the bottom of the inning. The senior followed a Jaelyn Young double and a Sydney Pencek single with a single to left field to account for the score.

Lakeland added its final run care of two Boilermaker miscues in the sixth.

The Boilermakers capped the scoring with a seven run, six hit sixth inning. With runners at the corners after a pair of singles, Pencek swiped second and went to third as Katy McJunkin scurried home. Senior MaryBeth Pavlick and freshman Lexi Valone kept the inning rolling with a pair of RBI singles. Poe added another run with a single through the left side. A wild pitch with bases loaded and a two-run double by sophomore C.J. Parsons sealed the 17-3 win.

Purdue-Calumet 2, Purdue 1
The Perrigrins scored two runs on six hits and three errors, while the Boilers managed a run on five hits. Starter Lilly Fecho threw four scoreless innings, striking out four, but Calumet broke through in the fifth and held the Boilermakers at bay.

Calumet combined a pair of walks and a pair of singles for their scores in the top of the fifth after Purdue swapped its defensive lineup.

The Boilermakers struck back with a run on two hits in the sixth, thanks to singles by seniors Maia Monchek and Andie Varsho, but left a runner stranded at second in the seventh inning as the game closed.

Sophomore Mary Gooding, freshman Katy McJukin, Monchek and Varsho and sophomore Paris Andrew accounted for the Purdue hits in the game.


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