SB Set for B1G/ACC Challenge
Feb. 15, 2018

This release has been updated with the revised schedule due to inclement weather.

Purdue vs. Virginia Tech
Friday, Feb. 16 / Noon ET
Duke Softball Stadium / Durham, N.C.
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Purdue at Duke
Friday, Feb. 16 / 7:30 p.m. ET
Duke Softball Stadium / Durham, N.C.
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Purdue at Duke
Saturday, Feb. 17 / Noon ET
Duke Softball Stadium / Durham, N.C.
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Purdue vs. Virginia Tech
Sunday, Feb. 17 / 10 a.m. ET
Duke Softball Stadium / Durham, N.C.
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DURHAM, N.C. - Purdue (1-4) is set for the third-annual B1G/ACC Challenge that will feature Penn State (0-2), Virginia Tech (2-2) and the host Duke (2-3) in its inaugural season. The Boilermakers square off with Virginia Tech in their first two games of the weekend prior to finishing the road trip with a pair of contests with Duke. This weekend marks the debut of Duke Softball Stadium as the B1G/ACC Challenge is the first home series for the Blue Devil softball program.

The Boilermakers bring a 3-5 record in B1G/ACC Challenge games into its opening matchup with the Hokies on Friday, Feb. 15, at noon ET and follow with Duke at 7:30 p.m. Purdue will take on the Blue Devils again Saturday at noon and conclude its weekend slate with the Hokies at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Head Coach Boo De Oliveira didn't get the results she was hoping for in Purdue's first weekend of the season from her pitching staff but the offense turned some heads following a 2017 season in which the Boilermakers didn't showcase much power.

Just five games into the 2018 season, the Boilermakers already have four more home runs than they did all of last season. Mallory Baker and Jenny Behan each went yard twice over the weekend, while Stephanie Ramsey, Lexi Huffman, Alexa Binckes and Emily Kenny all registered a home run, as well.

Through the first weekend of the season, Purdue leads the Big Ten with a .585 slugging percentage and nine home runs. Behan leads all Big Ten student-athletes with a 1.154 slugging percentage and joins Baker as one of seven players in the conference to register two homers on opening weekend. She is also the only student-athlete in the Big Ten to own a single, double, triple and home run. Baker has just two hits so far on the year but has made the most of them as both were home runs to earn six runs batted in to go along with her four runs scored. She has walked four times, as well.

Ramsey and freshman Ryleigh Scott joined Behan with six hits on the weekend. Ramsey leads the Boilermakers with a .500 batting average and a .538 on-base percentage. Scott's speed was on display as she leads the team with three stolen bases in as many attempts.

 

 

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