April 2, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Freshman pitcher Lexy Moore was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week for her efforts against Valparaiso and Penn State last week. The honors are the first of her career and the first by a Purdue pitcher or freshman this season.
Moore posted three of Purdue's four wins on the week, striking out 10 batters in 21 innings, moving to 15-2 on the season. She threw 10 straight shutout innings, including a complete-game two-hit shutout in the series finale with Penn State. The rookie posted a 1.33 ERA on the week, including a 0.50 ERA in conference games.
The St. Peters, Mo., native started the week with a five strikeout effort in a win against Valparaiso. In Game 1 vs. Penn State, the rookie struck out three batters and allowed just one earned run. In the final game against Penn State, Moore allowed just two hits and sat down the final 14 batters in order.
In addition to the honors from the Big Ten Conference, Moore was announced as College Sports Madness's Player of the Week pick from the league.
Moore's conference honors mark the third and fourth for a Purdue player this season. Sophomore Lindsey Rains and senior Molly Garst were named Player of the Week, Feb. 20 and 27 respectively. The last Purdue pitcher of the Week selection was Suzie Rzegocki (2/28/11) and the last Boilermaker freshman honoree was Andie Varsho (4/18/11).
The Boilermakers are on a seven-game win streak heading into the week and stand at 22-9 overall and 6-0 in the Big Ten, tops among conference teams.
Purdue faces off with IUPUI on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in an event tabbed as Military Appreciation Day in which all retired and active military personnel will receive free admission. The team battles Notre Dame at 4 p.m. Thursday in an event which welcomes all Purdue spirit group personnel to attend free of charge. The Boilermakers wrap the week with a three-game set against Indiana in Bloomington.