Oct. 16, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker softball team swept a pair of Saturday contests with Lakeland College, posting victories of 8-2 and 9-2.
In the first game, Lakeland managed two runs in the opening stanza on two walks, a hit by pitch and an error. The Boilermaker defense came through in the remaining six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven.
Offensively, Purdue loaded the bases in the first inning on a Candace Curtis two-out triple and two walks, but a ground ball left all three stranded. Another two-out rally put the Boilermakers on the board in the second. Christina Trauger reached on an infield single and stole second, before coming home on a Molly Garst single to center field.
Purdue tacked on three more runs on two hits and an error in the fourth. A fielding error by the shortstop put Ashley Barr aboard. Trauger drove her in with a triple to left center. A Garst single up the middle plated Trauger from third. She then stole second before scoring on a single up the middle by Curtis.
Garst scored again in the sixth as the Boilermakers combined her bunt single with a triple by Liane Horiuchi. A wild pitch brought Horiuchi home.
Purdue wrapped up the 8-2 win with a pair of runs on three hits in the seventh. Suzie Rzegocki led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt by Barr. The pair moved into scoring position on a ground ball, setting the table for Trauger's two-run single.
Garst, Curtis and Trauger went 3-for-4 as Purdue tallied its eight runs on 12 hits and two errors. Alcocer struck out three and walked three in three innings of work, while Rzegocki K'ed five and walked three in five innings.
In Game 2, a trio of Boilermaker pitchers combined in the win, striking out seven and allowing Lakeland just two hits. Alcocer struck out three in four innings. Katie Hackney
gave up two runs on a hit and two walks in the fifth, then Rzegocki closed out the contest with four Ks in the final two stanzas. The Boilermakers capitalized on five Lakeland miscues en route to the 9-2 victory.
Purdue piled up six runs on five walks, two hits and four errors in the first two innings. A leadoff walk put Garst aboard. Kelly Miller then reached on a botched fielder's choice. A sacrifice bunt moved the two into scoring position. Katie Mitchell supplied a sacrifice fly to put the Boilermakers on the board. However, the right fielder threw home on the play hoping to deny two Purdue scores, but the toss was off the mark allowing both Garst and Miller to come home. Horiuchi walked and stole second, then moved to third as the catcher's throw sailed into center field. With Horiuchi just 60 feet from another score, Alicia Spack hit a ground ball back to the pitcher, who overthrew first, putting the Boilermakers up 3-0.
In the second inning, Shelby Krammer and Trauger drew back-to-back walks to start the stanza. Pinch runner Ashley Barr and Trauger then pulled off the double steal. Garst drove in Barr from third with a single through the left side. She was caught stealing the following play, however, but her effort was enough to allow Trauger to sneak home unscathed. Miller drew another walk. Curtis followed with a single to right, then Horiuchi was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Spack made it 6-0 with an RBI single through the right side.
Lakeland got on the board with two runs on a hit, two walks and an error in the fifth. With runners at second and third, a wild pitch plated the first run. A walk gave the team runners at the corners, then an errant throw on a stolen base cut the margin to 6-2.
The Boilermakers got the runs back with two outs in the sixth on a three-run rally. Jenna Alexander reached on a fielding error by the shortstop. Trauger pinch ran for her and stole second, before scoring as Curtis singled through the left side. Mitchell banged a home run to left center to cap the scoring at 9-2.
Mitchell racked up three RBI in the game and tallied one of the Boilermakers' four hits in the contest.