Game Notes: Loyola, Ball State, Indiana

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Carol Stream, Ill., native Lilly Fecho will play in her home state for the first time as a Purdue student-athlete as the Boilermakers face off with Loyola on Tuesday.

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Carol Stream, Ill., native Lilly Fecho will play in her home state for the first time as a Purdue student-athlete as the Boilermakers face off with Loyola on Tuesday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 9, 2013

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The Slate
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Loyola Softball Field
Tuesday, April 9; 5 p.m. at Loyola (Chicago)

Boilermaker Softball Complex
Wednesday, April 10; 3 p.m. vs. Ball State (DH)
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Andy Mohr Field
Friday, April 12; 4 p.m. at Indiana

Saturday, April 13; 1 p.m. at Indiana

Sunday, April 14; 1 p.m. at Indiana

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: Purdue (15-22, 3-6 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 posted a 2-3 record last week. The team split a Wednesday doubleheader at IUPUI, falling 3-2 in Game 1 before rebounding with an 18-2 win featuring a school record-tying 18 hits in the night cap. Purdue won Game 2 of a three-game weekend set with Michigan State.

Statistically Speaking: The Boilermakers are batting .269 on the season, led by a group of seven battters hitting .250 or better. Outfielder Andie Varsho leads the way with a .432 average, 24 RBI, 21 runs and 19 stolen bases. Second baseman Ashley Burkhardt boasts a .346 average with a team-best 31 runs, 11 RBI and 16 steals. Outfielder Lindsey Rains (.278), catcher Danielle Fletcher (.259), third baseman Tori Chiodo (.257), shortstop/designated player Mary Gooding (.255) and outfielder Maia Monchek (.250) round out the group. Rains has scored 24 runs, driven in 16 RBI and also boasts one home run and 14 stolen bases. Fletcher has driven in 23 RBI and tallied a team-leading 12 extra base hits, including five home runs. The Boilermakers have launched 12 home runs and are 81-for-96 in stolen base attempts.

Four pitchers are splitting time in the circle for Purdue. The group has combined for a 3.01 ERA and 156 strikeouts. Freshman Lilly Fecho (6-12) has struck out 75 batters in 111 innings, including eight complete games and a save. Sophomore Lexy Moore (5-9) has struck out 59 batters in 91 innings, including a shutout, while sophomore Alex Whittemore (2-0) has struck out 17 in 25 innings. Senior Erika Petruzzi has issued five Ks in 16 innings of work, including a shutout.

Series Information
Loyola (Purdue leads the series 12-4): The Ramblers won the first meeting in teh series on April 18, 1996. Purdue won the nightcap of that doubleheader kicking off a streak of eight straight wins from 1996 to 2001. Loyola snapped the streak with a Arpil 19, 2001 win in Chicago. The Boilermakers took the next four meetings from 2003 to 2008, but the Ramblers have won the last two contests, one in Chicago and one in West Lafayette. Purdue is 8-2 at home, 2-2 in Chicago and 2-0 in neutral contests.

Ball State (Purdue leads the series 18-3): The teams split the series opening doublheader on March 21, 1995, but the Boilermakers won 12 straight after that from 1996 to 2006. The Cardinals won an April 16, 2008 meeting to end the streak, but Purdue rebounded with four straight wins from 2009 to 2011. The teams split the 2012 doublehader in Muncie, with Purdue taking the nightcap. Purdue is 8-0 at home vs. BSU, 9-3 in Muncie and 1-0 in neutral contests.

Indiana (Purdue leads the series 22-17): Indiana won seven of the first eight meetings in the series which began on March 26, 1994. The Boilermakers countered by taking 10 of the next 11 contests from 1998 to 2003. The Hoosiers won the next two games, but Purdue rebounded with three straight victories. Indiana swept the 2006 series, but the Boilermakers won seven of the next eight, including season sweeps in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Indiana has won four of the last five, but Purdue won the final meeting of the 2012 season.

What a Difference a Win Makes ...
If the Boilermakers top Loyola on Tuesday...

• They will snap a two-game series win streak for the Ramblers and win their first game against Loyola in Chicago since 1997 (following losses in 2001 and 2011).

• They will move to 208-193-2 all-time in the month of April, including a 9-6 mark on April 9.

• It would move the team's record to 109-77-4 all-time in non-conference road games.

Learn About Loyola
At First Glance: The Loyola Ramblers (16-12) bring a four-game win streak into Tuesday's makeup game. The Ramblers return 12 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2012 team, which posted a 26-23 record and finished second in the Horizon League. Loyola is coached by Missy Beseres, who is in her third year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Ramblers went 5-1 last week, topping Northwestern 1-0, splitting a Thursday doubleheader with IPFW (L 4-0, W 1-0) and taking a three-game set from Valparaiso over the weekend.

Statistically Speaking: Utility player Lauren Zaworksi (.403) lead the Loyola bats, while three other players: outfielder Brooke Andresen (.356), infielder Lauren Moore (.351) and utility player Tarran Shaffer (.282) also are batting over .250. Moore has driven in a team-best 27 RBI with nine home runs, while also adding 15 runs. Shaffer has added 15 RBI and three home runs, while Andresen boasts 21 runs, 14 RBI and four long balls. Utility player Brie Pasquale (.247) has launched five home runs and also chipped in 15 RBI. As a team, Loyola is batting .268 with 26 home runs and 12 stolen bases.

Junior lefty Brittany Gardner (8-5) has done the bulk of the pitching for the Ramblers and boasts a 2.07 ERA with 113 strikeouts, four shutouts and two saves in 98 innings. Freshman Ashley Rogers (4-5) has issued 29 Ks in 45 innings of work, including three complete games. Sophomore Amanda Ciran (3-1) and freshman lefty Kristina Vizza (1-1) each have struck out 15 batters, while pitching 21 and 20 innings respectively. The staff is allowing foes just a .211 average.

Chatting About the Cardinals
At First Glance: The Ball State Cardinals (23-11) are slated for a Tuesday game against Butler before facing off with Purdue on Wednesday. The Cardinals return 12 letterwinners, including seven position starters, from the 2012 team which posted a 40-15 mark and won the Mid-American Conference title, but lost in the MAC Tournament finale. Ball State is coached by Craig Nicholson, who is in his seventh year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Cardinals posted a 4-1 record last week, splitting a Wednesday doubleheader with IPFW before sweeping a Friday twin bill with Northern Illinois and taking both games of a weekend series with Western Michigan on Saturday and Sunday.

Statistically Speaking: All nine of the Ball State batters are batting .237 or higher, with five boasting averages of .300 or better. Outfielder Jennifer Gilbert (.486) leads the group and boasts 42 RBI, a team-best 13 home runs and 37 runs. First baseman Taylor Rager (.429), outfielder Amanda Carpenter (.386), outfielder Loren Cihlar (.319) and second baseman Taylor Cox (.303) round out the group. Rager has added 28 RBI and six home runs, while Carpenter has driven in 28 RBI and added 21 runs. Cihlar boasts a team-best 10 stolen bases, while Cox added seven. As a team, Ball State is batting .324 with 38 home runs and 38 stolen bases.

Freshman Nichole Steinbach (9-7) leads the BSU pitching staff with 79 strikeouts in 108 innings, including three saves and a 2.19 ERA. Freshman Kelsey Schifferdecker (8-2) has added 32 Ks in 69 innings of work, while junior Audra Sanders (6-2) has struck out 41 batters in 43 innings. The staff boasts a 2.81 ERA and has allowed foes to hit for a .252 average.

Hearing About the Hoosiers
At First Glance: The Indiana Hoosiers (19-20, 3-6 Big Ten) continue a six-game home stand this weekend when they play host to the Boilermakers. The Hoosiers return 11 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2012 team which went 30-25 and finished fourth in the Big Ten. Indiana is coached by Michelle Gardner, who is in her fifth year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Hoosiers topped Indiana State 7-0 on Tuesday and took two of three games from Penn State over the weekend, winning the opener and finale 4-3 and falling 3-0 in Game 2.

Statistically Speaking: Infielder Amanda Wagner headlines the IU offense, boasting a .456 average, includign 21 RBI, 23 runs and four home runs. Infielder Bri Meyer (.339) and utility player Shannon Cawley (.308) also are batting over .250 for the season. Meyer has scored a team-leading 27 runs and added three home runs, while Cawley has chipped in 24 RBI, six stolen bases and two homers. As a team, Indiana is batting .251 with 17 home runs and 10 stolen bases. Eight different players have registered a home run.

Junior lerfty Meaghan Murphy (12-11) leads the pitching staff with 103 strikeouts in 131 innings ow work, including two shutouts and a save, while boasting a 2.82 ERA. Sophomore Lora Olson (6-7) has struck out 46 batters in 77 innings including a shutouts, while also posting a 2.82 ERA. Freshman Brooke Boetjer (1-2) has added 28 strikeouts in 41 innings, including two saves and shutout. The staff is allowing foes to hit at a .289 clip.

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 2.14 stolen bases per game, ranking eighth nationally.

Individually, junior outfielder Andie Varsho ranks 30th in batting average (.432). Junior outfielder Lindsey Rains ranks 51st in hit by pitch per game (0.27). Freshman Lilly Fecho ranked 57th in walks allowed per seven innings (1.63).

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. Junior outfielder Andie Varsho also reached the feat, swiping three bases against Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on March 2. Ten players have registered a three-steal effort, marking 23 occurrences.

Varsho tallied the 10th triple of her Purdue career against North Texas, March 2, moving her into a tie for fourth on the career triples list. Five other players have been credited with 10 triples. With a pair of steals in Game 2 vs. Michigan State, Varsho moved into a tie for fifth on the career steals list with 69, matching Ashley Hall (2005-08).

The Boilermakers racked up a school record-tying 18 hits and 16 RBI in Game 2 of their April 3 doubleheader with IUPUI. The hits mark had been achieved in five previous contests, while the RBI tally had been posted in three prior games. A 2011 contest with IUPUI also featured both marks. Purdue has posted 18 hits in a game in three consecutive seasons (also vs. Troy in 2012). The team's 18 runs vs. the Jaguars, tie for the second most in program history.

Junior catcher Danielle Fletcher will join the career top five for home runs with one more long ball, matching Candace Curtis (2006-09)'s tally of 19.