Oct. 13, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team split into a Black and a Gold squad for a fall world series beginning on Thursday. Team Gold took Game 1 3-1, but Team Black battled back to win the next two 4-1 and 7-5 to take the series title.
Junior Lexy Moore struck out five in the win for Team Gold. Junior Alex Whittemore threw a combined five strikeouts, spending two and third innings in the circle for Team Black and the final three innings for Gold. Sophomore Lilly Fecho added three strikeouts for Gold.
An RBI single by Gooding put Gold on the board in the third inning. The hit took advantage of a leadoff walk and a steal to junior Alyssa Koorsen.
A double by senior Lauren Grant and a single by senior MaryBeth Pavlick added another score for Team Gold in the fifth. A hit and an error added a third run in the sixth. Gooding led off with a single to left. Pinch runner Sydney Pencek went to second on a grounder, before coming home on a fielding error.
Team Black avoided the shutout, plating a run on three hits in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Tori Chiodo and junior Ashley Burkhardt singled to set the table for McJunkin's two-out RBI single to right. A strikeout left two stranded.
Team Gold scored its one run on five hits, including a 2-for-3 effort by senior Andie Varsho. Junior Alex Whittemore struck out two batters in the first three innings, before being relieved by junior Lexy Moore.
Gold stranded a runner at third in the bottom of the innings after Varsho singled and went to third on a sacrifice and a steal.
A leadoff walk to junior Gabi Brown proved costly for Gold as Brown swiped second and went to third on a ground out before scoring on a McJunkin single in the second inning.
Team Gold got one run back in the third on a bases loaded squeeze play. Varsho doubled, sophomore Mary Gooding walked and a fielder's choice filled the bases. A sacrifice bunt by senior Danielle Fletcher brought in the run.
A seventh-inning double by sophomore Ashley Burkhardt capped the scoring and wrapped up the win for Team Black. Burkhardt's hit plated Chiodo, who had singled, and McJunkin, who reached on a fielder's choice.
Team Gold had a chance in the seventh, but left two stranded.
Game 3: Black 7, Gold 5
Team Black came back from a 4-0 deficit to steal away a 7-5 win in the series rubber game on Sunday morning.
Senior Tori Chiodo and juniors Ashley Burkhardt and Gabi Brown posted two hits apiece for Team Black, which also had help from seven combined strikeouts by junior Alex Whittemore and sophomore Lilly Fecho.
Team Gold started the scoring in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a walk and a hit batsman with a three-run bomb by senior Danielle Fletcher.
Team Black threatened in the second, putting sophomore Paris Andrew on third after an error and a stolen base, but a double play ended the inning.
Black cut into the 4-0 deficit, eventually tying it up in the fifth. In the third, the team posted a run on two hits. Senior Tori Chiodo picked up an RBI with a double to center field, driving in junior Gabi Brown, who had singled and stole second.
In the fourth, it was two runs on three hits and an error in the fourth. In the fifth, the team combined three hits for a score. Junior Ashley Burkhardt doubled to start the inning and came home on a throwing error on the back end of a Michelle Poe infield single. Freshman Lexi Valone singled to left center to plate Poe.
In the fifth, Chiodo led off with a single and later scored from second on a Burkhardt single.
Black took the lead in the sixth. A leadoff walk to sophomore CJ Parsons, a missed fielder's choice chance put Valone aboard and an infield single by Brown filled the bases. Chiodo lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center field to score Parsons and put Black up 5-4. Freshman Katy McJunkin brought in another run with a sac fly to left. Senior Lindsey Rains kept the rally going, bringing home Brown with a laser shot up the middle.
Team Gold got one run back on a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning. Senior Maia Monchek led off with a single and went to second on a wild pitch before scoring on a Koorsen triple to the left center gap.
Both teams went down in order in the seventh to seal the Black win.