Offensive Explosion Caps Fall Season
Freshman Ashley Burkhardt wrapped up the fall season with five hits against Huntington on Saturday.

Oct. 16, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team wrapped up its fall campaign with a pair of wins over Huntington on Saturday. The Purdue bats exploded for a combined 25 runs on 33 hits in the 7-1 and 18-0 victories.

Freshman Ashley Burkhardt tallied five hits, including four hits and four RBI in Game 2, while 15 different players contributed offensive. The Boilermaker pitchers struck out 15 batters in the doubleheader as six different pitchers saw time in the circle.

The Boilermakers will continue individual workouts throughout the fall in preparations for the spring season which begins on Feb. 18 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Purdue 7, Huntington 1
The Boilermakers played an error-free defensive game and piled on enough runs to take a comfortable 7-1 win in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Purdue scored its seven runs on eight hits, each from a different batter, while allowing the Foresters a run on three hits.

Senior Katie Hackney picked up the win in the circle, striking out five and not allowing a hit in four innings of work. Freshman Lexy Moore struck out four in two innings, while junior Erika Petruzzi issued one K in an inning in the circle.

Purdue opened the scoring with two runs on a hit in the first. Senior Molly Garst was hit by a pitch and stole her way around the bases, scoring as she stole home in a double steal with Lindsey Rains, who reached on a fielder's choice. Rains went to third on a grounder, setting up an RBI single to left by rookie Ashley Burkhardt.



Junior Ashley Courtney singled and advanced to third in the second inning, but the Boilermakers could not bring her home.

Huntington got its first hit in the fourth on a single up the middle, but could not capitalize on the offensive opportunity.

The Boilermakers made it 3-0 pairing up doubles by sophomores Kristin Morgan and Andie Varsho. Morgan picked up the leadoff two-bagger. Pinch runner Gabby Brown went to third on a ground out and scored on Varsho's hit.

The Foresters ended the shutout with a run on a hit in the sixth. A pair of walks and a bunt single filled the basepaths. Another walk pushed a run across. Hackney reentered the game and nullified any further threat, issuing two strikeouts and a ground out.

Purdue got the run back and then some in the sixth, tallying four runs on four hits and an error. A pair of singles and a dropped fly ball loaded the bases for the Boilermakers. Sophomore Kim McMillan started things off with a single, Courtney reached on the miscue and Brown added another single to fill the basepaths. Hackney helped her own cause offensively with a double up the middle, plating two. A ground out scored Brown from third, then an RBI single to left by freshman Alyssa Koorsen capped the scoring.

Huntington got a leadoff single in the seventh and advanced the runner to third with a sacrifice and a grounder, but a final strikeout wrapped up the Purdue win.

Purdue 18, Huntington 0
The Boilermakers put an exclamation point on their fall campaign, showing their offensive firepower and depth in an 18-0 win in Game 2 against the Foresters.

Fourteen different players tallied hits for Purdue, which scored its 18 runs on 24 hits, lighting up the scoreboard in each of the first five innings. Burkhardt led the way with a 4-for-5 effort, including four RBI and two runs. Junior Erika Petruzzi added three hits, two RBI and two runs, and six other players had multi-hit performances.

Freshman Alex Whittemore picked up the win, striking out three, in what should have been a run-rule shortened contest. Sophomore Lauren Grant and freshman Ali Conger each issued one K in two innings of work.

The Boilermakers combined four hits for a trio of runs in the first. A bunt single and a steal put sophomore Andie Varsho on second. A double by sophomore Lindsey Rains put two in scoring position for Burkhardt, who plated both with a triple to right center. A grounder brought Burkhardt home, while a Petruzzi double to center capped the offense.

Purdue racked up six runs on seven hits in the second. Doubles by sophomores Kristin Morgan and Tori Chiodo started the inning, but a fielder's choice play at the plate made it runners at the corners for Varsho, who scored one with a single to center. Heads up base running on a strikeout brought another run in. Burkhardt added an RBI single and junior Maia Monchek followed with a single to left. Petruzzi scored both with a double to left center. Sophomore Kim McMillan doubled through the left side to bring Petruzzi in and make it 9-0.

Huuntingon tallied two hits in the third with a pair of singles, but could not score.

Chiodo singled and stole second to set the table for Rains in the third. Rains delivered with a double to dead centerfield, but was left stranded at inning's end.

The Boilermakers poured on five more runs with six hits in the fourth. Freshman Alicia Wilson led off with a single and advanced to second, before being joined by sophomore MaryBeth Pavlick, who walked. Courtney picked up and RBI with a double. Freshman Alyssa Koorsen added a run with an infield single, while freshman Gabby Brown followed with an RBI single to right. Burkhardt singled to load the bases for freshman Lexy Moore, who made good on the scoring chance with a two-run double through the left side.

The Foresters got a fifth-inning single, but a sacrifice, a run down and a liner kept the clean slate on the scoreboard.

Purdue capped the scoring with three runs on five hits, while leaving the bases full in the fifth. Petruzzi double and went to third on a fly out, before scoring on a single to center by freshman Darcy Sapp. Koorsen added a single, then Sapp stole third, setting up an RBI single by Brown. Burkhardt tallied her fourth hit of the game, putting Purdue up 18-0 with an RBI single. A walk filled the basepaths, but a strikeout prevented the Boilermakers from adding to their lead.

Sapp added a single in the sixth, but Purdue could not capitalize on it.

The Foresters went down in order in the sixth and seventh.


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