Game Notes: CenturyLink Classic

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The Boilermakers will face Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, North Texas and Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
The Boilermakers will face Texas A&M - Corpus Christi, North Texas and Texas State in San Marcos, Texas, this weekend.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 27, 2013

Complete Release in PDF Format Get Acrobat Reader

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -

The Slate
CenturyLink Classic - Bobcat Softball Stadium - San Marcos, Texas
Tournament Central: here
Live Stats: purduesports.com
Video ($) - all games: here

Friday, March 1:
1:30 p.m. vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m. at Texas State
Audio: http://bit.ly/cZdLnA">here

Saturday, March 2:
11 a.m. vs. North Texas
6:30 p.m. vs. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

Sunday, March 3:
11 a.m. at Texas State
Audio: here

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: Purdue (6-9) returns 15 players from its 2012 squad which posted a 31-22 mark, including a 13-10 Big Ten mark and sixth-place conference finish. Eight position starters and three starting pitchers return, while five newcomers join the roster. The Boilermakers are coached by Kim Maher, who is her eighth year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Boilermakers went 1-4 at the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station last weekend. Purdue topped Southeastern Louisiana in the third game of the tournament, but dropped a pair of games to No. 10 Texas A&M and one each to Southeastern Louisiana and UTSA.

Statistically Speaking: The Boilermakers are batting .265 on the season, led by a group of five batters hitting .250 or better. Outfielder Andie Varsho leads the way with a .404 average, six RBI, six runs and six stolen bases. Second baseman Ashley Burkhardt boasts a .396 average with a team-best nine runs and seven RBI. Third baseman CJ Parsons (.296), designated player Mary Gooding (.294) and catcher Danielle Fletcher (.267) follow. Fletcher has driven in a team-best eight RBI and tallied a team-leading seven extra base hits, including one home run. Outfielder Lindsey Rains (.244) has scored nine runs and boasts the team's other home run. The Boilermakers are 33-for-39 in stolen base attempts.

Four pitchers are splitting time in the circle for Purdue. The group has combined for a 2.27 ERA and 56 strikeouts, while holding foes to a .226 average. Freshman Lilly Fecho (3-4) has struck out 28 batters in 44 innings, including two complete games and a save. Sophomore Lexy Moore (1-4) has struck out 16 batters in 30 innings, while sophomore Alex Whittemore (1-0) has struck out nine in 12 innings and boasts a 0.58 ERA. Senior Erika Petruzzi has issued three Ks in 11 innings of work, including a shutout.

Series Information
Texas A&M Corpus Christi (Purdue leads the series 2-1):The Boilermakers have won two of the three previous meetings with the Islanders in the series which began on March 3, 2001. Purdue won the first game with a 4-0 win in Corpus Christi. The teams split a pair of games on March 3, 2002, at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Touranment in Los Angeles.

Texas State (The series is tied 3-3): The Boilermakers and Bobcats have split the six previous meetings in the series, which dates to a March 8, 1995, doubleheader in San Marcos. Purdue took the first contest, but Texas State won the next three games, including contests in 2002 and 2007. The Boilermakers took a pair of games at the 2011 CenturyLink Classic, 1-0 and 9-0. Four of the six games have been played in San Marcos, with Purdue boasting a 3-1 edge in those contests.

North Texas: This is the first meeting between the Boilermakers and the Mean Green.

What a Difference a Win Makes ...
If the Boilermakers top Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Friday...

• They will move to 7-9 on the season, including 6-5 mark in neutral site games.

• They will move to 243-154-2 all-time in the month of March, including a 3-5 mark on March 1.

• It would move the team's record to 243-176-1 all-time in neutral site non-conference games.

An Inkling About the Islanders
At First Glance: The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Islanders (5-10) return 11 letterwinners and six starters from the 2012 squad which went 18-23 and finished sixth in Southland Conference play. Four newcomers join that group. The Islanders are coached by Stephanie Hughes, who is in her second season with the team.

Last Time Out: The Islanders went 3-2 last week, taking a 1-0 win in a Thursday contest with Kansas and splitting four games at their own Best Western Marina Grand Islanders Classic. At the tournamnet, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi fell to Kansas and Auburn, but rebounded with winso ver New Mexico and Southern (La.).

Statistically Speaking: First baseman Meagan McKinney leads the Islander offense with a .386 average, including five doubles, two home runs, six runs scored and a team-best 13 RBI. Catcher/outfielder Mickayla Cochran (.313) and second baseman Hayley Galloway (.294) follow. Cochran has scored a team-leading 12 runs, while also adding two home runs. Shortstop Valerie Perez (.229) has accoutned for three doubles and five runs scored. As a team, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi is batting .221 with five home runs and four stolen bases.

Junior Constance Brandenburg (3-4) has struck out 32 batters in 49 innings and tossed two shutouts. Freshman Ashley Elicerio (1-5) has issued 11 Ks in 26 innings, while sophomore Bethany Slick (1-1) has struck out one batter in 14 innings of work. The Islander staff has a combined ERA of 5.15 and is allowing opponents to hit at a .297 clip.

Taking a Look at Texas State
At First Glance: The Texas State Bobcats (2-12) are spending their second straight weekend at home in San Marcos and looking to snap a six-game losing streak at the CenturyLink Classic this weekend. The Bobcat roster features 12 players, including eight starters, from the 2012 team that posted a 39-17 record, finished first in the Southland Conference and advanced to the NCAA Regional. Texas State is coached by Ricci Woodard, who is in her 13th season with the team.

Last Time Out: The Bobcats went 0-5 at their own Texas Shootout last weekend, falling to North Texas, No. 25 Baylor, Texas Texch, Sam Houston State and UT-Arlington.

Statistically Speaking: Second baseman Kellie Baker leads a group of three Bobcat players batting .250 or better. Baker (.304) has scored a team-best six runs, driven in four RBI and stolen four bases. First baseman Haley Lemons (.262) and shortstop Jordan Masek (.250) round out the trio. Lemons has registered three doubles and scored five runs, while Masek boasts two home runs and has scored six runs. Outfielder Coralee Ramirez (.172) also has launched two home runs, while three other players have one long ball. As a team, Texas State is batting .211 with seven home runs and 13 stolen bases.

Four pitchers have seen action for the Bobcats, which have allowed opponents to post a .292 average. Freshman Ashley Wright (2-4) has struck out 14 batters in 38 innings, while junior Rayn House (0-4) has issued 15 Ks in 29 innings. Senior lefty Anne Marie Taylor (0-3) has struck out 18 batters in 22 innings. Junior Delia Saucedo (0-1) has seen five innings of action, including a save.

News About North Texas
At First Glance: The North Texas Mean Green (4-4) are spending their second straight weekend in San Marcos after advancing to the title game of last weekend's Texas Shootout. North Texas returns 11 letterwinners, including three starters and four pitchers, from the 2012 team that posted a 28-26-1 record and finished fourth in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green are coached by TJ Hubbard, who is in his sixth season with the team.

Last Time Out:The Mean Green went 3-4 last week, including a 3-2 mark in the Texas Shootout in San Marcos last weekend. North Texas dropped a Wednesday doubleheader to UTSA, but rebounded to advance to the tournament championship game against No. 25 Baylor. The Mean Green topped Texas State, Texas Tech and UT-Arlington, but dropped a pair of contests to Baylor.

Statistically Speaking: Infielder Jordan Terry (.297) leads the North Texas bats with 10 RBI, eight runs and two home runs. Infielders Danielle Hoff (.268) and Brooke Foster (.260) also are batting over .250. Hoff has posted three doubles, scored five runs and added five RBI, while Foster has four extra-base hits, including a triple and a home run, as well as five RBI to her credit. Seven different Mean Green players have tallied a home run in 2013, including infielder Karly Williams (.189), who has driven in seven RBI, and outfielder Jackie Miller (.158), who has recorded four extra base hits. As a team, North Texas is batting .208 with eight home runs and 11 stolen bases.

Four pitchers have seen action for the Mean Green, led by junior Ashley Kirk (3-3), who has struck out 34 batters in 36 innings. Senior Brittany Simmons (2-3) has issued 16 Ks in 30 innings and picked up two saves, while junior lefty Lauren Poole (0-2) has struck out five batters in 20 innings and earned a save. Freshman Tori Bice (2-1) has struck out nine batters in1 4 innings. The staff boasts a 3.62 combined ERA and is allowing foes a .279 average.

Road Tested: A Tough Slate
In addition to logging more than 12,000 miles during the first five weeks of the season, the Boilermakers also will face tough foes in 2013, including six teams ranked in the preseason Top 25. Purdue will take on No. 15 Michigan and No. 24 Baylor three times each, No. 17 Texas A&M twice as well as No. 10 LSU and No. 13 Arizona.

The Boilermakers will face six opponents for the first time in program history and will have a chance to play in the Big Ten Tournament for the sixth time in program history and the first time since 2008, as the event is reinstated this season.

For The Record
Senior pitcher/outfielder Erika Petruzzi tied the school record for stolen bases in a game with three against Hampton on Feb. 8. Nine players have registered a three-steal effort, marking 22 occurrences.

Tournament Honors
Sophomore second baseman Ashley Burkhardt and junior outfielder Andie Varsho were named to the nine-member LSU Tiger Classic All-Tournament team. The pair led Purdue offensively with averages of .400 and .389 respectively. No all-tournament team was named at the Hillenbrand Invitational or Texas A&M Invitational.

Rains, Courtney Receive Preseason Honors
Two Boilermakers were named to the College Sports Madness Big Ten Preseason All-Conference team on Jan. 11 as senior infielder Ashley Courtney and junior outfielder Lindsey Rains garnered second team honors. Both Courtney and Rains were named to the website's Big Ten All-Conference first team at the end of the 2012 campaign.

Courtney was a third team All-Big Ten and Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2012 after posting a .350 average including 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs. She started all 53 of the team's games, 44 at first base and nine at second base. The Lafayette, Ind., native ranked among the top 10 in the conference in fielding double plays (5th with 14), triples (6th), doubles (9th) and on-base percentage (9th with .457). Courtney reached base via hit or walk in 45 games and drove in a team-best 34 RBI, including eight game-winners. She capped the season with offensive co-MVP honors.

Rains, a first team All-Big Ten selection in 2011, started all 53 games, 52 in center field and one in right field a year ago. The Fullerton, Calif., native posted a team-best .361 average, including eight doubles, four triples, which ranked 28th nationally, and four home runs. She reached base via hit, walk or hit by pitch in 49 games, including a team-best 13-game hit streak. Rains also stole 25 bases, second most on the team, third most in the Big Ten and ranked 39th nationally. The outfielder drove in a team-leading 34 RBI and also ranked among the Big Ten's best in triples (2nd), batting average (7th), runs (8th with 43) and hits (9th with 61).

Purdue Softball Celebrates 20th Season
The Boilermaker softball program will play its 20th season in 2013. In the last 19 years, Purdue has compiled a 597-476 record, including 17 .500 or better seasons and 14 30-win campaigns in its previous 19 seasons. The Boilermakers have been .500 or better for 14 straight seasons, while Purdue squads have reached the 30-win milestone 11 of the last 12 years. Purdue has made two NCAA Regional appearances (2008 and 2009) and taken on 172 ranked foes in program lore.

One hundred twenty-seven student-athletes have donned the Old Gold and Black in a game. Purdue softball has featured one All-American, 31 All-Mideast Region and 39 All-Big Ten selections. The Boilermakers have had at least one All-Big Ten honoree each of the last six seasons including Ashley Courtney in 2012.

Academics also have been a huge part of Purdue softball. The program boasts five Academic All-Americans and 118 Academic All-Big Ten selections. At least four Boilers have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors every year since 1995, including nine in 2012.