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Softball Splits Doubleheader with Coastal Carolina

February 15, 2014

CONWAY, S.C. - It was a mixed bag for the Boilermaker softball team in a Friday doubleheader with Coastal Carolina to start the Kickin' Chicken Classic. The Chanticleers took Game 1 3-0 in a pitcher's duel, while the Boilermakers managed 12 hits and outlasted CCU in Game 2.

Junior Ashley Burkhardtled the Boilermaker bats with two hits in each contest, including a school record tying two home runs in Game 2.

All four Purdue pitchers saw time in the circle during the twin bill, combining for 10 Ks.

The Boilermakers (2-3-1) are slated to face Virginia and Towson at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Coastal Carolina 3, Boilermakers 0
Sophomore Lilly Fechowent the distance for the Boilers, issuing seven strikeouts, but as the Purdue bats were held off the scoreboard.

Kiana Quolas allowed just four hits to Purdue in the win. Junior Ashley Burkhardt accounted for two of the Boilermaker hits, while seniors Andie Varsho and Lindsey Rainsalso reached base.

Rains tallied the first hit of the game, sending a two-out single up the middle in the second inning, but a ground ball kept the Boilers from capitalizing on the hit.

CCU got a single to start its half of the second and cashed in for a run thanks to a Boilermaker throwing error on a fielder's choice play. Purdue recovered to retire the next three batters to escape further damage.

A two-out home run by Kory Hayden put the Chanticleers ahead 3-0 in the third inning. The long ball scored Bri Chuisano, who had tripled earlier in the stanza.

Burkhardt dropped a single into shallow right field in the fourth inning for Purdue's second hit, but she was caught stealing later in the stanza.

Varsho sent a two-out single up the middle in the sixth, but the Boilers couldn't bring her home.

Burkhardt gave the team hope in the seventh with a leadoff double to left. She went to third on a fly ball, but a pair of ground balls wrapped up the game.

Purdue 11, Coastal Carolina 5
The Boilermakers scored early and often and buckled down to hold off a surging Coastal Carolina team in an 11-5 Game 2 win.

Purdue scored its 11 runs on 12 hits and two CCU miscues, while the Chanticleers put up five runs on eight hits and three errors. Four Boilermakers posted multiple hits in the contest led by senior Danielle Fletcher's 3-for-4 effort. Senior Maia Monchek, junior Ashley Burkhardt and sophomore Paris Andrewadded two hits each in the game.

Burkhardt tied the Purdue game record for home runs with two long balls in the contest, marking the 22nd time a Boilermaker had done so and making her the 16th player to achieve the feat.

Junior Lexy Moore (1-1) issued three strikeouts en route to the win in three and two thirds innings of relief. Senior Lauren Grant started the game and went two and a third innings, while junior Alex Whittemoretossed an inning of relief. Morgan Mastriania was saddled with the loss for CCU, giving up three runs in a third of inning of work. Ashley Bagwell completed the game for the Chanticleers.

A three-run home run by Burkhardt put Purdue on the board in the first inning. The bomb to left center brought in seniors Andie Varsho and Monchek, who reached on a walk and a single. Fletcher added a single and senior Lindsey Rainsdrew a walk prompting a pitching change, but the Boilermakers couldn't add to the 3-0 lead.

CCU got two runs back in the bottom of the inning on a home run by Kory Hayden.

Burkhardt made good on a familiar situation in the second inning, bringing home Varsho and Monchek with a three-run shot to center field. The two-out dinger followed a single and steal by Varsho and a walk to Monchek.

The Boilers tried to add to the 6-2 lead in the third, but left the bases full. Freshman Katy McJunkinand Andrew singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, before Grant joined them with a walk. A ground ball to second base kept Purdue from scoring.

The Chanticleers combined four hits and an error for two scores in the bottom of the inning. A pair of one-out singles and a double accounted for the first run. An error filled the bases and a single up the middle cut the margin to 6-4. A fielder's choice and an interference call ended the stanza.

Fletcher lifted the Boilers' third home run to plate two in the fourth. The long ball brought in Burkhardt, who had reached on a dropped fly ball, and put the Boilers on top 8-4.

CCU narrowed the gap with a run on two walks, an error and an illegal pitch in the bottom of the fourth. A pair of walks and an error on a fielder's choice filled the bases. The Boilers appeared to have escaped the jam with another fielder's choice play, when an illegal pitch was called, allowing the score.

Purdue threatened, putting runners at the corners with a pair of singles in the sixth, but could not score. Monchek and Fletcher had hits in the inning, while Burkhardt reached on a fielder's choice in between.

The Chanticleers wasted a bases loaded opportunity in the bottom of the sixth. A fielder's choice, an error and a walk had filled the basepaths.

The Boilermakers tacked on three insurance runs with two hits, an error and a wild pitch in the top of the seventh. Pinch hitter Lexi Valone walked to start the inning. A fielder's choice play put pinch hitter Gabi Brown on. Andrew singled and senior Tori Chiodo reached on a fielding error to fill the bases. Varsho picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly. A wild pitch allowed Andrew to score. Chiodo came home on a single through the left side by sophomore Sydney Pencek. The RBI single marked the first hit of Pencek's career. A strikeout brought CCU to the plate one final time.

Moore sealed the win by forcing two strikeouts and a pop up.

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