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Softball Wraps Weekend with 5-2 Win Over Houston

March 2, 2014


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Boilermaker softball team wrapped up its stay at the Easton Crimson Classic with a 5-2 win over Houston on Sunday morning.

Senior Andie Varsho, sophomore Mary Gooding and freshman Kristen Hoppmanprovided two hits apiece as Purdue scored its five runs on nine hits. Houston scored its two runs on three hits.

Sophomore Lilly Fecho(4-6) struck out seven in the win, while Diedre Outon (4-3) was saddled with the loss for Houston

Fecho and Gooding were named to the Easton Crimson Classic all-tournament team for their efforts on the weekend.

The Boilers jumped on the board with four quick runs on four hits in the opening stanza. Varsho and junior Gabi Brown got things started with bunt singles. A fly ball moved Varsho to third and she slid under a tag at home on a fielder's choice for the game's first run. A single by Gooding and another fielder's choice play at the plate loaded the bases for Hoppman, who cleared them all with a triple deep into the right center gap. A pop up left Hoppman stranded.

Purdue threatened again in the second, putting runners at the corners with two outs. Sophomore CJ Parsons drew a leadoff walk and Varsho followed with a single. A fielder's choice put junior Ashley Burkhardt aboard and pushed Parsons to third, but a diving catch on a foul ball kept the Boilermakers from adding to their lead.

The Boilermakers tacked on a run in the third thanks to a Houston miscue. With runners at first and second and one out after senior Maia Monchek was hit by a pitch and Hoppman singled, the Cougars tried to turn a double play. After getting the first out on a fielder's choice at third, the third baseman overthrew first allowing Hoppman to advance to third. The ball wound up out of play allowing Hoppman to advance an extra base and score. 

After earning walks in the first, third and fourth to no avail, Houston snapped Fecho's no-hit bid in the fifth with a leadoff bunt single. A single up the middle and a two-out hit by pitch followed to fill the bases. A fielder's choice play at second base appeared to have ended the inning, but it was overturned in a controversial call, allowing a run to score. A fly ball prevented further damage.

Haley Outon cut the Purdue lead to 5-2 with a leadoff home run in the sixth.

Junior Ashley Burkhardtsingled to lead off the seventh, but the Boilers could not cash it on the hit.

The Boilermakers (6-10-1) return to action on Friday when they take on Tennessee Tech at the Georgia Softball Classic in Athens, Ga.

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