Softball Comeback Falls Short Against No. 11 Alabama
March 1, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
PURDUE SOFTBALL RELEASE
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Boilermaker softball team made a late-inning comeback against No. 11 Alabama, but could not pull off the upset, falling 7-3. Junior Ashley Burkhardthit a two-run home run in the sixth to break up a no-hitter, and the team tacked on another run in the seventh before leaving bases loaded to end the game.
Leslie Jury (7-1) struck out seven batters in the complete game victory for the Crimson Tide. Junior Lexy Moore (1-4) was saddled for the loss despite striking out one in an inning and two thirds. Junior Alex Whittemorestruck out one in four and a third innings of relief work.
Senior Andie Varshodrew a leadoff walk, but the Boilers couldn't capitalize on the free pass in the opening stanza.
Alabama plated two runs on one hit in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff walk and a triple off the center field wall accounted for the first score. Two walks filled the bases, then a sharp ground ball ricocheted off the pitcher to bring in the second.
The Crimson Tide added four runs on four hits in the second. A walk, a single and a sacrifice put two runners in scoring position to start the inning. Jadyn Spencer drove in two RBI with a single to left center. Two more RBI singles followed to make it 6-0.
Alabama wasted a two-out single in the third, but added another score with a leadoff home run by Kaila Hunt in the fourth.
Sophomore Sydney Pencekdrew a two-out walk in the sixth and Burkhardt made the Crimson Tide pay for the free pass, launching a home run over the right field wall to give Purdue its first hit of the game and make it 7-2.
The Boilermakers tacked on another run on two hits in the seventh, but could not extend the game. Hoppman started the inning with a single. Chiodo followed with a one-out single of her own. Sophomore CJ Parsons drew a walk to fill the bases. A ground ball to third base brought Hoppman in and gave sophomore Paris Andrewa pinch hit RBI. Alabama pitched around Varsho, putting her on with another walk, before a ground ball to third base ended the comeback bid.
The Boilers return to action at noon ET Saturday when they take on No. 9 Florida State for the second time at the Easton Crimson Classic.