Softball Improves, Splits Pair of Games in South Bend

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Mary Gooding went 2-for-3 in the team's games against Butler and Notre Dame on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sophomore Mary Gooding went 2-for-3 in the team's games against Butler and Notre Dame on Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 22, 2013

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Week two of the Purdue softball team's fall campaign brought mixed results. The Boilermakers topped Butler 5-0, but were edged by host Notre Dame 3-2.

"This weekend we got better," head coach Kim Schuette said. "We played team ball and did the little things right to manufacture runs. I was pleased by the adjustments we made after last weekend. We were a different team today - we played together, helped each other out and I think our team saw the type of game that we want to play. The weather was great and all 22 players played in both games. It is back to work on Tuesday."

Sophomore Mary Gooding went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored, while freshman Kristen Hoppman went 2-for-2 in the Butler game.

Junior Lexy Moore threw four and two thirds innings, allowing just two hits.

The team will take on Danville and South Suburban College at the Boilermaker Softball Complex next Sunday, Sept. 29.

Purdue 5, Butler 0
The Boilermakers used a variety of offensive weapons in a 5-0 win over Butler. Purdue led 1-0 going into the fifth inning, but poured on four more runs to seal the shutout win.

Junior Lexy Moore held the Bulldogs without a hit through three innings.

Senior Lindsey Rains set up the first score, leading off the game with a double. After senior Andie Varsho walked and swiped second, junior Ashley Burkhardt put the Boilers on the board with a grounder to the shortstop.

 

 

An RBI double by freshman Kristen Hoppman made it 2-0 in the fifth, bringing in sophomore Mary Gooding.

A bunt single and a steal by Burkhardt set the table for senior Danielle Fletcher, who sent a shot through the right side to drive her home and put the Boilers up 3-0 in the sixth. Hoppman picked up another RBI, pushing sophomore Gabi Brown home in the seventh, then a sacrifice fly by senior Lauren Grant drove in the final run of the game.

Notre Dame 3, Purdue 2
The Boilers combined a pair of sacrifices and a Burkhardt bunt for a run in the second inning. Burkhardt led off with the bunt and went to third on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Paris Andrew before scoring on a sacrifice fly by senior Tori Chiodo.

The Irish countered with a run in the bottom of the third.

The Notre Dame pitchers gave Purdue a freebie with a two-out bases loaded walk in the sixth to give Purdue a 2-1 edge. The Irish answered in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 2-2.

The Boilermakers threatened in the seventh putting runners at second and third with two outs combining a Katie McJunkin bunt, a Jaelyn Young single to left and a sacrifice by Sydney Pencek, but could not break through.

Notre Dame pulled off the 3-2 win with a seventh inning score.