Purdue Tops Indiana on the Road, 8-0
May 5, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Indiana fell to Purdue in the penultimate game of its 2007 season, dropping an 8-0 decision in six innings to the Boilermakers on Saturday, May 5.
Purdue (31-31-1, 9-9 Big Ten) jumped on the Hoosiers for three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Boilermakers led off the inning with a single, and consecutive IU errors allowed both pinch-runner Christina Trauger and Ashley Barr to score. A Kelly Miller single put runners on first and second, and Katie Mitchell's single up the middle scored Erika Peterson.
The Hoosiers (21-33, 1-18 Big Ten) got a big double play to limit the damage, as left fielder Julia Hamilton caught Ashley Hall's fly ball and fired a bullet home to nail Miller at the plate.
Purdue added another run in the third inning, getting back-to-back doubles to lead off the inning and add to its lead, then scored four in the bottom of the sixth to put the run rule into effect. Peterson drew a walk to lead off the frame, and Miller singled to third to put runners on first and second. Mitchell singled through the right side to knock in pinch-runner Traci Lippold, and Miller came in on an IU error on the play. Hall followed with a triple to bring in Mitchell, and Candace Curtis singled to left center to bring in Hall with the winning run.
Indiana had a good chance to crack the scoreboard first, but saw a golden opportunity go by the wayside in the top of the first. After sophomore Sarah Padove reached on an error with one out, junior Jennilee Huddleston singled sharply to right to put runners at first and second. Purdue starter Brooke Baker got out of the jam, however, getting a popup and a groundout to escape with no damage done.
Baker improved to 24-16 on the season, allowing just Huddleston's single on the day and sitting down the last 17 Hoosier batters. IU starter Monica Wright took the loss, falling to 14-19 after allowing eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits.
With the win, the Boilers picked up half a point in the standings for the Crimson & Gold Cup, the annual all-sports competition between IU and the Purdue. PU leads the competition 9-8.5, with another half point at stake in the rematch on Sunday, May 6, and one point available for both the men's and women's outdoor track and field Big Ten Championships.
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