Softball Drops Opening Game With Purdue, 7-2
April 12, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana softball team could not overcome a seven-run deficit this evening, as the Hoosiers fell 7-2 to visiting Purdue in the first of the two teams' three-game series at Andy Mohr Field. The Hoosiers drop to 19-21 on the year and 3-7 in conference games, while Purdue moves to 17-22 and 4-6 in the Big Ten.
IU outhit the Boilermakers 9-8, but it would be two homeruns, one of which a grand slam, from Purdue's Erika Petruzzi that made the difference in the ballgame. She would end up driving in five RBI to lead Purdue this evening.
All but one Indiana batter posted hits against Purdue's pitching staff, with Brooke Boetjer connecting on a pair for a 2-for-3 day - the first multiple-hit performance of her career. Kassi Farmer drove in one of Indiana's two runs, while Kelsey Dotson brought in a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
Meaghan Murphy started the day for Indiana and lasted 2.1 innings, where she allowed five earned runs on six hits while striking out three. She falls even to 12-12 on the year. Boetjer closed out the remaining 4.2 innings in the circle and held Purdue to two hits and allowed one earned run.
The Boilermakers scored seven unswered runs through their first four at bats. A solo homerun by Pertruzzi in the second and her grand slam in the third gave Purdue a 5-0 lead. An Indiana throwing error, a wild pitch and an RBI single set the score to 7-0.
The Hoosiers started to chip away at their deficit with its first run of game in the fourth. Murphy led off the frame with a double to left center and moved over to third on Boetjer's single to left. Dotson pushed one deep enough to right field to allow Murphy to tag up and sprint home for Indiana's first run of the day.
In the fifth, Amanda Wagner led off the inning with her second free pass of the game, and Shelby Gogreve moved her over with a single to right field. Shannon Cawley then put one in play to third, but Purdue's Tori Chiodo tapped the bag and fired over to first to turn the double play. With Gogreve now standing on second, Farmer ripped a two-out double to center to bring in a run and bring the Hoosiers within five, but that would be as close as they would get as they could not push another run across in their final at bat.
The Hoosiers will return to action tomorrow in game two of the series with Purdue. First pitch at Andy Mohr Field is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST.
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