Oct. 11, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team continued its fall season with a doubleheader against St. Joseph's on Sunday. The twin bill brought mixed results for the Boilermakers, a 3-0 win in Game 1 and a 4-3 loss in Game 2.
Purdue wraps up its fall ball season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Huntington on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Purdue 3, St. Joseph's 0
The Boilermakers managed three runs on eight hits and a Puma miscue, while St. Joe's tallied just three hits in the game. Sophomore Lindsey Rains led the Purdue bats with a 2-for-3 effort and two RBI.
The Purdue pitching staff struck out four batters, led by senior Katie Hackney's tally of three Ks. Each of the Boilermakers' three pitchers allowed one hit. Hackney threw two innings, while freshman Lexy Moore and sophomore Lauren Grant finished out the game with outings of two and three innings.
A single and an error put a runner on second for St. Joe's in the first, but a strikeout nullified the scoring opportunity. The runner was one of four that reached second base in the game for the Pumas.
Rains put Purdue on the scoreboard in the first inning, lifting a two-out solo shot to right field.
Freshman Ashley Burkhardt led off the second inning with a single and stole second, but got caught in a rundown trying to take third later in the inning.
The Boilermakers tacked on another run on three hits and an error in the third. Senior Molly Garst reached on a bunt single and went to second on a throwing error. A grounder pushed her to third, from which she scored on a Rains single to left. Sophomore Danielle Fletcher added another single, but a caught foul ball stranded both runners.
Purdue capped the scoring in the fifth, combining a hit, a walk and an error for a run. Freshman Alyssa Koorsen drew a leadoff walk. Pinch runner Andie Varsho went to second on an infield grounder. Freshman Gabby Brown picked up the RBI with a double up the middle. Brown went to third on another ground ball, but was left stranded by a strikeout.
Sophomore Kristin Morgan sent a two-out single into left in the sixth, but the Boilermakers couldn't advance her further.
St. Joseph's 4, Purdue 3
One bad inning and a lack of timely hitting cost the Boilermakers in Game 2 of the doubleheader.
Purdue tallied three runs on eight hits in the game, but were outdone by the Pumas, which managed four runs on three hits. Senior Molly Garst and freshman Ashley Burkhardt tallied two hits apiece to pace the Boilermaker offense.
Junior Erika Petruzzi was saddled with the loss, allowing all three hits and striking out two in three innings of work. Freshmen Alex Whittemore and Ali Conger also saw time in the circle for Purdue, tossing two innings apiece.
Burkhardt started the offensive attack for Purdue with a first inning single, but was caught stealing.
Junior Maia Monchek added a single in the second inning, but was thrown out at second, trying to stretch the hit an extra base. Sophomore Lindsey Rains walked and stole second in the inning, but was left stranded.
Junior Ashley Courtney and Garst singled in the third, but Purdue again came up empty. With Courtney on first, Garst single to center field. Courtney went to third and was tagged out in a close play at the plate on the hit. Garst went to second on the throw, but a liner to third kept her from scoring.
The Pumas hit Purdue for four runs on two hits in the fifth. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases with one out. Kristin Paris brought all three home with a triple to right center. A sacrifice fly plated Paris.
The Boilermakers struck back with three runs on three hits in the fifth. Monchek drew a lead off walk. Pinch runner Gabby Brown stole second before scoring on a double to center by sophomore Tori Chiodo. Garst doubled to left to bring Chiodo home. A throwing error by the left fielder allowed Garst to score on the play as well. Sophomore Andie Varsho added a single and stole second, but Purdue couldn't bring her in to tie the game.
Burkhardt added her second hit in the sixth with a single to right, but was left stranded after a pair of fly balls. The Boilermakers went down in order in the seventh to end the game.