Sept. 29, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A strong offensive showing lifted Purdue over South Suburban College and Danville Community College on Sunday. The Boilermakers started the day with a 13-4 win against the Bulldogs before blanking the Lady Jaguars, 11-0.
Purdue will continue fall action at the Boilermaker Softball Complex on Saturday, Oct. 5, when they host Butler for a doubleheader beginning at noon.
Purdue 13, South Suburban College 4
The Boilermakers managed 13 runs on 14 hits and two South Suburban miscues while holding the Bulldogs to four runs on four hits. Five Boilermakers had extra base hits, including one home run by senior Lindsay Rains.
All three pitchers took the circle in the win over SSC. Sophomore Lilly Fecho and junior Alex Whittemore each threw three complete innings, and junior Lexy Moore threw the final inning. Together the trio combined for 11 strikeouts.
The offensive effort began in the first inning with sophomore Mary Gooding providing a sacrifice fly to score Rains who had reached on a leadoff walk. Another walk, this time by senior Andie Varsho, provided junior Ashley Burkhardt the opportunity to bring her in with a triple. A sacrifice by sophomore Paris Andrew scored Burkhardt to put the Boilermakers up 3-0.
Rains hit a home run off the scoreboard to add another run to the Boilermaker tally in the second inning.
Another stanza of three runs began after the Boilermakers had picked up two outs in the third. Junior Gabi Brown reached on a bunt single before stealing second and advancing to third on the Bulldog's errant throw. Senior Danielle Fletcher reached on a walk, then consecutive RBI doubles by freshman Katy McJunkin and senior Tori Chiodo brought home the three runs.
South Suburban answered with a three-run homer in the top of the fourth, but still trailed 7-3.
A single to left field by freshman Kristen Hoppman started off what would be Purdue's highest-scoring inning of the day. Senior Maia Moncheck followed with a single and freshman Jaelyn Young reached on a fielder's choice play at third base. Varsho came in to pinch run for Young. After freshman Michelle Poe reached first base on an error to load the bases, the Bulldog defense walked in a run, putting senior Lauren Grant on base and scoring Monchek. Sophomore Lexi Valone singled to left field to bring in Varsho, then an RBI double by sophomore CJ Parsons brought Grant and Poe across the plate. Sophomore Sydney Pencek brought in Valone with a sacrifice fly for the final run of the inning.
After a scoreless fifth inning, both teams managed one run in the sixth to give Purdue the 13-4 victory.
Purdue 11, Danville Community College 0
The Boilermakers earned 11 runs on 19 hits against Danville and gave up just two hits in the 11-0 win. Seniors Tori Chiodo and Lauren Grant tallied a home run apiece to lead the offensive effort.
Junior Lexy Moore tossed two innings and change before classmate Alex Whittemore came into the circle. Sophomore Lilly Fecho took over to throw the final inning of the day.
Senior Lindsay Rains led off with a double down the right field line. Sophomore Mary Gooding sacrificed Rains to third and a single by junior Ashley Burkhardt brought her home. Sophomore Paris Andrew was hit by the pitch, and a single by Brown loaded the bases for the Boilers. Senior Danielle Fletcher singled up the middle, plating Burkhardt and Andrew to give Purdue the early 3-0 lead.
Senior Andie Varsho tripled in the second inning to score Gooding to make it 4-0 Boilers.
The third inning again saw multiple Boilermakers cross the plate. After singling and stealing second, junior Gabi Brown scored on a Fletcher single. Freshman Jaelyn Young joined her with a single then senior Tori Chiodo hit an inside-the-park homerun, bringing the score to 8-0.
Purdue added a run in the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. In the fifth, back-to-back doubles by freshmen Michelle Poe and Katy McJunkin accounted for the score.
In the sixth, sophomore Sydney Pencek reached on a fielder's choice and stole second, marking the sixth stolen base of the day for the Boilermakers. Senior Maia Monchek picked up the RBI.
In the seventh inning, senior Lauren Grant capped the game with a solo home run.