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Feb. 22, 2018

Purdue vs. Harvard
Friday, Feb. 23 / 12:30 p.m. ET
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Purdue vs. Bradley
Friday, Feb. 23 / 5:30 p.m. ET
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Purdue vs. Czech Republic
Saturday, Feb. 24 / 12:30 p.m. ET
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Purdue vs. Savannah State
Saturday, Feb. 24 / 3 p.m. ET
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Purdue vs. No. 23 Kentucky
Sunday, Feb. 25 / 9 a.m. ET
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue (1-8) begins its third non-conference tournament of the season Friday with the Citrus Classic in Orlando, Florida. The Boilermakers look to bounce back after its skid in the B1G/ACC Challenge with five matchups on the docket.

Harvard is beginning its 2018 season against the Boilermakers Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Crimson is the first-of-two opponents for Purdue as the Boilermakers conclude the day with Bradley (3-2) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Purdue has an exhibition game with the Czech Republic at 12:30 p.m. before squaring off with Savannah State (3-1) at 3 p.m. No. 23 Kentucky marks the final opponent of the weekend for the Boilermakers as they'll take on the Wildcats Sunday at 9 a.m.

Stephanie Ramsey has enjoyed a hot start and is beginning to force her way into the top of the lineup after being projected as hitting eight or nine in the order. After taking a year off in 2016 and readjusting to the pace of the game in 2017, the Noblesville, Indiana, native has asserted herself as one of Purdue's most consistent and productive student-athletes on this year's roster to begin the season.

A vocal leader and defensively sound second baseman, Ramsey has just one error in 25 chances and has turned a pair of double plays. At the plate, the junior owns the 10th best batting average in the conference and is slashing .391/.609/.440. She leads the Boilermakers with nine hits in 23 at-bats and has a pair of walks to her credit. Of her nine hits, three have been for extra bases as she owns two doubles and her first collegiate home run. She's driven in four runs and has torn up the base paths in order to score two runs and steal as many bases.

Most of Purdue's production offensively has come from new faces or student-athletes with limited roles in 2017. The next highest batting average for the Boilermakers belongs to Emily Kenny as she is hitting .292 with seven hits, a double, home run, an RBI and a pair of runs scored after missing the majority of last season due to injury. Newcomers Jenny Behan and Ryleigh Scott are next for Purdue with batting averages of .273 and .267 respectively. Behan's power numbers and average is higher thanks to six hits, a double, triple and two home runs in 22 at-bats but Scott owns the second most hits on the team with eight in 30 at-bats.

 

 

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