Game Notes: IUPUI, Michigan State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Senior Erika Petruzzi, a Carmel, Ind., native will play just miles from home in Indianapolis on Wednesday before the Boilers kick off their home campaign on Friday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Senior Erika Petruzzi, a Carmel, Ind., native will play just miles from home in Indianapolis on Wednesday before the Boilers kick off their home campaign on Friday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 3, 2013

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The Slate
IUPUI Softball Field ~ Indianapolis, Ind.
Wednesday, April 3 - 4 p.m. at IUPUI (DH)
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Boilermaker Softball Complex ~ West Lafayette
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Friday, April 5 - 4 p.m. vs. Michigan State
Promotion: Military Appreciation Day -- All military personnel receive free admission with a military ID

Saturday, April 6 - 1 p.m. vs. Michigan State
Promotion: Greek Day -- $1 admission for anyone wearing their Greek letters

Sunday, April 7 - 1 p.m. vs. Michigan State
Promotion: Breast Cancer Awareness Day - Pink Purdue Softball T-shirts for the first 100 fans in attendance

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: Purdue (13-19, 2-4 Big Ten) 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 took the weekend series with Ohio State in Columbus, winning the first two contests by scores of 4-2 and 8-7 (9 innings), before falling on Sunday, 5-3 (10 innings).

Statistically Speaking: The Boilermakers are batting .256 on the season, led by a group of four battters hitting .250 or better. Outfielder Andie Varsho leads the way with a .402 average, 20 RBI, 16 runs and 14 stolen bases. Second baseman Ashley Burkhardt boasts a .343 average with a team-best 27 runs, nine RBI and 12 steals. Outfielder Lindsey Rains (.280) and shortstop/designated player Mary Gooding (.267) round out the group. Rains has scored 21 runs, driven in 12 RBI and also boasts one home run and 11 stolen bases. Catcher Danielle Fletcher (.234) has driven in 18 RBI and tallied a team-leading 10 extra base hits, including three home runs. The Boilermakers are 65-for-79 in stolen base attempts.

Four pitchers are splitting time in the circle for Purdue. The group has combined for a 3.20 ERA and 130 strikeouts. Freshman Lilly Fecho (5-11) has struck out 64 batters in 94 innings, including six complete games and a save. Sophomore Lexy Moore (5-7) has struck out 48 batters in 81 innings, including a shutout, while sophomore Alex Whittemore (1-0) has struck out 13 in 20 innings. Senior Erika Petruzzi has issued five Ks in 16 innings of work, including a shutout.

Series Information
IUPUI (Purdue leads the series 20-0): The Boilermakers have won all 20 previous meetings with the Jaguars in the series which began on April 20, 1999. Purdue is 11-0 at home against the Jags, 8-0 in Indianapolis and 1-0 in neutral site meetings.

Michigan State (Purdue leads the series 26-17): The Boilermakers won the first meeting in the series with the Spartans on April 12, 1995, but MSU took the next four contests. The teams split the next six meetings, before Purdue posted four straight in 1998 and 1999. After trading wins for the next six games, MSU managed three straight wins followed by three in a row for Purdue. Michigan State swept the 2006 series, but it is has been nearly all Purdue since then. The Boilermakers have won 12 of the last 14, including a six-game streak from 2008 to 2011, and the current three game streak.

What a Difference a Win Makes ...
If the Boilermakers top IUPUI in Game 1 on Wednesday...

• They will move to 14-19 on the season.

• They will extend their series win streak over the Jaguars to 22 games, adding onto the longest series win streak in program history.

• They will move to 206-190-2 all-time in the month of April, including a 12-3 mark on April 3.

• It would move the team's record to 108-76-4 all-time in non-conference road games.

An Inkling About IUPUI
At First Glance: The IUPUI Jaguars (11-16) look to snap a five-game losing streak when they play the Boilermakers on Wednesday, a series which starts a six-game homestand. The Jaguars return 13 letterwinners, including five starters, from the 2012 team that posted an 18-32 record and finished seventh in Summit League play. IUPUI is coached by Amanda Rivera, who is in her first year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Jaguars dropped a three-game set to North Dakota State last weekend (8-0, 3-2, 2-0) and fell 5-1 to Butler on Monday.

Statistically Speaking: Catcher Eryn Dillon (.324) leads the Jaguars at the plate with a .324 average, while four other players are batting over .250. First baseman Kelsey Rupert (.280), second baseman Ali Mosier (.278), outfielder Jessica Lam (.274) and outfielder Lindsey Richards (.260) make up the group. Mosier has driven in a team-leading 22 RBI and has swiped 10 bases and added two home runs. Lam boasts 16 RBI and a team-leading six home runs. Rupert has scored a team-best 21 runs, while Dillon has added four doubles and 13 runs. As a team, IUPUI is batting .259 with 14 home runs and 34 stolen bases.

Four pitchers have split time in the circle for the Jaguars. Junior Nikki Thomas (2-5) has struck out 46 batters in 53 innings and tossed two shutouts. Redshirt junior Jocelyn Oppenhuis (2-6) has issued 49 Ks and picked up a save. Freshman Cassie Vodde (5-2) has struck out 22 batters in 36 innings, while sophomore Emili Escamilla (2-3) has added 16 Ks in 34 innings. The staff is allowing opponents to hit at a .265 clip and boasts a combined 3.45 ERA.

Scouting The Spartans
At First Glance: The Michigan State Spartans (17-13, 3-0 Big Ten) are slated to play a Wednesday doubleheader with Penn State before travelling to West Lafayette this weekend. MSU returns 13 letterwinners, including 10 starters, from the 2012 team that went 11-42 including a 12th place Big Ten finish. The Spartans are coached by Jacquie Joseph, who is in her 20th year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Spartans swept their Big Ten series with Indiana last weekend (5-0, 10-7, 2-1 (8 innings). Prior to the series, MSU had not played since March 16 due to weather cancellations.

Statistically Speaking: The Spartans boast a team batting average of .284, including six players with averages of .250 or better. Outfielder Kylene Hopkins leads the way with a .426 average, including a team-best 22 runs and two triples. Third baseman Jayme O'Bryant (.361), outfielder Alyssa McBride (.347), outfielder Dana Briggs (.308), first baseman McKinzie Freimuth (.278) and catcher Ellie Stoffer (.259) round out the group. O'Bryant has driven in a team-leading 24 RBI and launched three home runs, while designated player Sarah Bowling (.243) had added 23 RBI and four home runs.

Junior Kelly Smith (13-7) has done the bulk of the pitching for the Spartans, and boasts a 2.05 ERA and has struck out 145 batters in 129 innings, including five shutouts. Freshman Dani Goranson (2-5) has issued 40 Ks in 59 innings and owns a 2.71 ERA. Sophomore Carly Nielsen (1-0) and junior Cassee Layne (0-1) have combined for five strikeouts in nine innings.

In The National Statistics
In the NCAA softball statistical rankings, the Boilermakers boast a spot among the Top 50 as a team. Purdue has swiped 2.00 stolen bases per game, ranking 16th nationally. The Boilermakers have posted a .966 fielding percentage, good for 68th in the nation.

Individually, junior outfielder Lindsey Rains ranks 48th in hit by pitch per game (0.29). Freshman Lilly Fecho ranked 58th in walks allowed per seven innings (1.63) and sophomore second baseman Ashley Burkhardt ranks 60th on the toughest to strikeout list.