Oct. 7, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team kicked off its fall campaign with a pair of wins over St. Joseph's and Butler on Sunday. Purdue outscored its foes 14-1 and saw its pitchers combined for eight strikeouts and 13 innings of shutout ball.
The Boilermaker squad, which features six freshmen and 16 returning players, takes on Heartland College in a noon double header on Oct. 14.
Purdue 11, St. Joseph's 0
The Boilermakers won Game 1 of the day 11-0 over St. Joseph's College, including a four home run sixth inning. Freshman Lilly Fecho picked up the win for Purdue, striking out three and sitting down 17 of the 22 batters she faced. Nine different batters tallied hits for Purdue, including two each for juniors Lindsey Rains, Andie Varsho and Danielle Fletcher
Purdue scored a run on a hit in the first. Varsho drew a one-out walk and stole second. Senior Ashley Courtney joined her on base with a two-out walk. A single up the middle by Fletcher, brought Varsho home. A strikeout stranded two runners.
Rains managed a leadoff single in the third, but Purdue could not convert on it.
The Boilermakers tacked on two runs in the fourth on a pair of hits and a walk. Fletcher drew the leadoff free pass and went to second on a ground out before scoring on freshman Paris Andrew's double to right center. Andrew then scored on a single to right by Fecho.
Purdue went up 6-0 with a three-run, two-hit fifth. Varsho started things off with a single through the right side. Sophomore Ashley Burkhardt picked up the RBI with a double off the left center wall. Courtney walked and took second on the play, while Burkhardt swiped third. A walk to Fletcher loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly by Monchek, brought in pinch runners Sydney Pencek and Erika Petruzzi.
The Boilermakers capped the game with five runs on six hits. Junior Lindsey Rains, Varsho and freshman CJ Parsons hit back-to-back-to-back one out home runs to start the scoring. Junior Lauren Grant singled. Pinch runner Gabi Brown came home as Fletcher launched a home run. Freshman Mary Gooding provided the final offense for Purdue with a two-out double, but was left stranded by a strikeout.
St. Joseph's managed three hits, with doubles in the second and the fourth and a single in the fifth, but could not score. The Pumas advanced a runner to third in the fourth inning, but stranded her after a pair of ground outs.
Purdue 3, Butler 1
The Boilermakers capped the day with a 3-1 win over Butler, which featured a strong pitching outing by sophomore Lexy Moore and timely hits.
Moore struck out five Bulldogs and allowed just one run on four hits in the game, while her offense managed three runs on four hits.
The Boilermakers struck first with three runs on three hits in the second inning. Junior Danielle Fletcher kicked off the rally with a sharp single up the middle. A caught foul ball pushed pinch runner Courtney LaVoy to second, from which she scored on a single up the middle by junior Lauren Grant. Pinch runner Sydney Pencek came home the next play as junior Tori Chiodo laced a double into left center. Chiodo went to third on a ground out and hustled home as a dropped third strike put freshman Mary Gooding aboard. Gooding swiped second but was left stranded by a grounder to the pitcher.
The Boilermakers stranded two runners in the third after senior Maia Monchek singled and Fletcher reached on a fielder's choice. A fly ball and a grounder to the shortstop kept Purdue from capitalizing.
A catcher's interference call put senior Ashley Courtney on base with two outs in the sixth. Pinch runner Gabi Brown swiped second, but was left stranded by a strikeout.
Butler had a single to lead off the game and got another base hit with one out in the third, but to no avail. Alex Kotter came through for the Bulldogs with a home run to lead off the seventh and avoid the shutout. Butler threatened to add more runs, putting runners at second and third after a single, an error and a wild pitch, but a strikeout and pop up capped the Boilermaker win.