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PURDUE SOFTBALL: Game Notes 6: Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament

March 12, 2014


March 12, 2014

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The Slate
Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament
Eddie C. Moore Complex ~ Clearwater, Fla.
Live Stats: purduesports.com

Friday, March 14
2:15 p.m. vs. Central Michigan
4:30 p.m. vs. Bryant

Saturday, March 15
9:30 a.m. vs. Quinnipiac
11:45 a.m. vs. #12 Baylor

Sunday, March 16
9 a.m. vs. Long Island
1:30 p.m. vs. UW-Green Bay

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: Purdue (8-14-1) kicks off its week long spring break swing through Florida and on to University Park, Pa., at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament in Clearwater, Fla., this weekend. The team returns 17 players from its 2013 squad which posted a 21-32 mark, an 8-14 Big Ten mark and Big Ten Tournament second round appearance. Seven position starters and three starting pitchers return, while five newcomers join the roster. Head coach Kim Schuetteis in her first season with the Boilermakers after spending the last eight years as head coach at Eastern Illinois.

Last Time Out:The Boilermakers posted a 2-3 record at the UGA Softball Classic in Athens, Ga., last weekend. Purdue took a pair of games from Tennessee Tech (4-2, 1-0) and dropped a pair of games to No. 18 Georgia (6-1, 3-2) and one to Kent State (1-0).

Statistically Speaking: Outfielder Andie Varsho (.394) and first baseman Ashley Burkhardt (.351) lead the Boilermaker bats, while four other players are batting .250 or better. Varsho has scored a team-best 14 runs and registered 11 stolen bases. Burkhardt has added seven doubles and five home runs, as well as a team-best 20 RBI and 13 runs scored. Catcher Danielle Fletcher (.281), outfielder Lindsey Rains (.261), shortstop Kristen Hoppman (.255) and outfielder Maia Monchek (.255) follow. Rains has driven in 14 RBI with six doubles and two home runs and also stolen five bases. Fletcher has accounted for 10 RBI with four home runs. Designated player/second baseman Mary Gooding (.333) and catcher Katy McJunkin(.303) also are batting over .300 with limited at-bats. As a team, the Boilers are batting .276 with 13 home runs and 32 stolen bases.

In the circle, the Purdue staff has combined for 124 strikeouts in 147 innings. Sophomore Lilly Fecho (6-7) has done the bulk of the pitching, striking out 89 batters in 83 innings, including 12 complete games. Junior Lexy Moore (1-6) has added 20 Ks in 34 innings, while junior Alex Whittemore has issued eight Ks in 18 innings, including a complete-game no-hitter. Senior Lauren Granthas struck out seven batters in 11 innings.

Series Information
Central Michigan (The series is tied 2-2): The Boilermakers won the first meeting in the series with the Chippewas at the Speedline Invitational on March 5, 1998, in Tampa, Fla., and also took the most recent meeting, a 3-0 decision at the Adidas Invitational on March 8, 2008, in Clearwater, Fla. CMU won a 1999 contest in West Lafayette and a March 6, 2003, game at the Speedline Invitational in Plant City, Fla.

Bryant (Purdue leads the series 1-0): The Boilermakers won the lone previous meeting with the Bulldogs with a 10-2 win on Feb. 18, 2012, at the Lobo Classic in Albuquerque, N.M.

Quinnipiac: This is the first meeting between the Boilermakers and the Bobcats.

Baylor (Baylor leads the series 5-1): The Bears have won five of the six meetings with the Boilermakers, in the series which began on Feb. 12, 2000 at the Pepsi Classic in Arlington, Texas. Purdue's lone victory in came in 6-5 eight-inning decision on Feb. 15, 2008, at the Getterman Classic in Waco, Texas. Baylor took all three games of a 2013 series in Waco.

Long Island (Purdue leads the series 2-0): The Boilermakers took both previous meetings with the Blackbirds, with a 7-1 win at the 2004 Speedline Invitational in Clearwater, and a 6-4 decision at the 2008 Adidas Invitational in Clearwater.

UW-Green Bay: This is the first meeting between the Boilermakers and the Phoenix.

What a Difference a Win Makes ...
If the Boilermakers top Central Michigan on Friday...

• They will move to 9-14-1 on the season and 8-8 in neutral site contests.

• They will move to 253-169 all-time in the month of March, including an 8-9 mark on March 14.

• It would move the team's record to 254-185-1 all-time in neutral site non-conference games.

Chatting About The Chippewas
At First Glance:The Central Michigan Chippewas (5-11) are in the midst of a spring break swing in Florida, and will play Tuesday games vs. Yale and South Florida in Tampa, and a Wednesday game with Boston University before facing Purdue on Friday at the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament. The Chippewas return 12 letterwinners, including eight starters, from the 2013 team that went 33-20, won the Mid-American Conference tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. CMU is coached by Margo Jonker, who is in her 35th year with the team.

Last Time Out:The Chippewas went 5-0 at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., last weekend. CMU topped Providence (8-7), Fordham (4-1), Chattanooga (5-1), Seton Hall (6-5) and Villanova (3-2, 9 innings).

Statistically Speaking:Third baseman Trista Cox leads the CMU bats with a .379 average, 16 RBI, 15 runs and six home runs. Five other players are batting .250 or better. Catcher/first baseman Katelyn Rentschler (.333), shortstop CarolAnn Sexauer (.333), catcher Cory DeLamielleure (.278), outfielder Evelyn Lorimer (.265) and pitcher/outfielder Kristen Kuhlman (.250) make up the group. Lorimer has scored 13 runs and added two home runs and seven stolen bases. Kuhlman has swiped five bases and DeLamielleure has added four steals. Second baseman Chelsea DeLamielleure (.218) has chipped in 10 RBI and three home runs. As a team, the Chippewas are batting .275 with 17 home runs and 32 stolen bases.

Freshman Rachael Knapp (5-1), senior Morgan Yuncker (3-0) and senior Chelsea Sundberg (3-4) have split time in the circle. Knapp boasts a team-best 1.47 ERA with 62 strikeouts in 43 innings. Sundberg has added 27 Ks in 41 innings and Yuncker has struck out 15 batters in 31 innings. The staff is holding foes to a .207 average.

Breaking Down Bryant
At First Glance:The Bryant Bulldogs (2-8) play a Tuesday doubleheader at the College of Charleston and a Wednesday exhibition vs. the Dutch National Team in Clearwater before facing Purdue on Friday. The Bulldogs return 13 letterwinners, including seven starters and two pitchers, from the 2013 team that posted a 21-22 record and finished seventh in the Northeast Conference. Bryant is coached by Shayne Lotito, who is in her first year with the team.

Last Time Out:Bryant posted a 2-3 record at the Chanticleer Challenge in Conway, S.C., last weekend. The Bulldogs topped Furman 8-2, split a pair of games with Appalachian State (L 1-4, W 6-0), and lost contests to Coastal Carolina (2-1) and Eastern Illinois (1-0).

Statistically Speaking:Pitcher Elle Madsen leads a group of four players batting .300 or better. Madsen (.375) has driven in a team-best seven RBI with three home runs and and scored eight runs. Shortstop Aubrey Mable (.333), outfielder Madeline Velasquez (.333), outfielder Taylor Burger (.308) follow. Mable and Velasquez have scored 10 runs apiece and also added a home run each. Burger has driven in five RBI, scored three runs and added a home run. As a team, Bryant is batting .250 with eight home runs and five stolen bases.

Madsen (2-4) also leads the Bulldog pitching staff with 25 strikeouts in 40 innings, including a shutout. Sophomore Kaitlin Saunders (0-4) has added 10 Ks in 16 innings. Sophomore Hayley Bottino has struck out one batter in six innings of action. The staff is allowing foes to hit at a .346 clip.

A Bit About the Bobcats
At First Glance:The Quinnipiac Bobcats (1-9) plays a pair of games against Boston University and Penn on Tuesday before competing at the Michelle Smith Tournament in Clearwater. The Bobcats return their top three hitters and two pitchers from the 2013 team which went 15-32 and finished fifth in the Northeastern Conference. Quinnipiac is coached by Jill Karwoski, who is in her first year with the team.

Last Time Out:The Bobcats went 1-4 at the USF Under Armour Showcase in Clearwater, Fla., last weekend. Quinnipiac fell to Indiana State (10-1), Cleveland State (9-0), Maine (3-2) and Seton Hall (6-0) before topping St. John's (5-3) in the tournament finale.

Statistically Speaking:Pitcher Sydney Robey leads the Quinnipiac batters with a .385 average, including a team-best six runs, six RBI, five doubles and two home runs. Utility player Abby Johnson (.333), pitcher/infielder Katie Alfiere (.294) and infielder Nikki Barba (.280) follow. Catcher/infielder Jordan Paolucci (.167) has added six RBI and two home runs. As a team, the Bobcats are batting .212 with four home runs and four stolen bases.

Robey (0-4), junior Hannah Lindsley (1-4) and Alfiere (0-1) have split time in the circle. Robey has struck out 13 batters in 22 innings. Lindsley has issued 10 Ks in 20 innings and Alfiere has added 11 strikeouts and a save in 15 innings. The staff is allowing foes a .364 average.

Behind the Bears
At First Glance:The No. 12 Baylor Bears (17-4) bring a five-game win streak into the Michelle Smith Spring Break Tournament. The Bears return 15 letterwinners, including eight starters and three pitchers, from the 2013 team which went 42-17, finished third in the Big 12 Conference and advanced to the NCAA Regionals. Baylor is coached by Glenn Moore, who is in his 14th year with the team.

Last Time Out:The Bears played one contest last week, a 10-1 five-inning win over Louisiana Tech in Waco, Texas. Baylor went 4-1 at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic, Feb. 28-March 2.

Statistically Speaking:Outfielder Kaitlyn Thumann (.485) leads the way for a Baylor team with all nine starters batting .241 or better. Thumann boasts a team-best 18 runs, nine RBI, seven steals and three home runs. Outfielder Linsey Hays (.380), catcher Clare Hosack (.365), infielder Ari Hawkins (.353), utility player Sarah Smith (.351), infielder Lindsey Cargill (.318), infielder Jordan Strickland (.305), catcher/infielder Robin Landrith (.275) and first baseman Holly Holl (.241) round out the group. Hays has driven in a team-best 18 RBI with five home runs, while Hosask has added 17 RBI with four doubles and three homers. Hawkins boasts 14 runs and a team-leading eight stolen bases. Cargill has accounted for 17 runs, 11 RBI and three home runs and Strickland has 11 RBI, 10 runs and three homers. As a team, Baylor is batting .331 with 20 home runs and 26 stolen bases.

In the circle, senior lefty Whitney Canion (9-3), sophomore Heather Stearns (7-1) and senior Liz Paul (1-0) have seen action. Canion has struck out 89 batters in 71 innings with a team-best 1.57 ERA, three shutouts and a save. Stearns had added 46 Ks in 41 innings including a shutout and Paul has issued 24 Ks in 28 innings with two saves. The staff is holding foes to a .195 average.

A Look at LIU
At First Glance:The Long Island Blackbirds (8-16) is in Clearwater for the second straight weekend, following the USF Under Armour Showcase. The Blackbirds return 13 letterwinners, including nine starters, from the 2013 team which went 19-38 and finished fourth in the Northeastern Conference. LIU is coached by Roy Kortmann, who is in his 20th year with the team.

Last Time Out:The Blackbirds posted a 2-3 record at the USF Under Armour Showcase last weekend. LIU topped Western Michigan (5-0) and Toledo (1-0, 8 innings), but fell to Maine (1-0), Northwestern (10-0) and Kansas (6-0).

Statistically Speaking:Infielder Kayla Gloady leads the LIU hitters with a .308 average and nine RBI. Shortstop Lauren Morizi (.295) and outfielder Whitney West (.260) also are batting over .250. Morizi has scored 10 runs and managed six doubles, while West has scored a team-best 11 runs and added seven stolen bases. Outfielder Jasmine Rodriguez (.245), infielder Madison Green (.245), and infielder Nichole Toven (.225) follow. Rodriguez has tallied seven doubles, while Toven has chipped in eight runs. As a team, LIU is batting .222 with no home runs and 12 stolen bases.

Freshman Shelly Procter (7-9) leads the Blackbird pitching staff with 60 strikeouts in 92 innings, including two shutouts. Redshirt senior Cassie Vondrak (1-7) has added 34 Ks in 55 innings and recorded four saves. Freshman Alyssa Lanktree-Dotson (0-0) has struck out 15 batters in 15 innings.

Getting to Know Green Bay
At First Glance:The UW-Green Bay Phoenix (3-1) are playing in just their second tournament of 2014 due to a weather shortened schedule. The Phoenix return 12 letterwinners, including seven starters and three pitchers from the 2013 team which went 15-25 and finished fifth in the Northeastern Conference. Green Bay is coached by Jean Rivett, who is in her ninth year with the team.

Last Time Out:The Phoenix posted a 3-1 at the Hilltopper Spring Classic, Feb. 28-March 2. The team topped Western Kentucky (6-5), Indiana State (4-2) and Northern Iowea (3-1) and fell to IUPUI 3-0.

Statistically Speaking:Infielder Hailey Mohrfeld leads the Green Bay hitters with a .583 average, four runs and a triple. Infielder Marissa Michalkiewicz (.429), infielder Allie Taylor (.308) and catcher Shannon Butts (.250) follow. Michalkiewicz has driven in a team-best seven RBI with two triples and a home run, while scoring three runs. Taylor has two doubles to her credit. As a team, Green Bay is batting .250 with one home run and two stolen bases.

Four pitchers have seen action for the Phoenix, combining for 14 strikeouts in 27 innings. Senior Sophomore Heather Sanderson (1-0) has struck out five batters in nine innings and earned a save. Ashley Nannemann (1-0) has added five Ks in eight innings, while junior Lauren Danner has chipped in four Ks in five innings. Sophmore Briana Cavin also has thrown five innings.

In 2013, Michalkiewicz was the team's top hitter with a .398 average, 26 RBI, 24 runs, 14 doubles and six home runs. Outfielder Miranda Reinke (.278), Mohrfield (.265) and infielder Kelli Hutchinson (.263) followed. Reinke added 15 RBI, three home runs and six steals, while Mohrfeld added n18 runs, nine RBI and three homers. Hutchinson chiped in 15 RBI and 12 runs. Infielder Alyssa Johnson added four home runs, while infielder Miranda Spangberg launched three. As a team, Green Bay batted .259 with 22 home runs and 30 stolen bases.

The Phoenix must replace their top pitcher, but return three hurlers with 30 or more innings of work. Cavin posted a 5-7 record and 44 Ks in 58 innings. Danner (2-4) added 22 strikeouts in 35 innings and Nannemann issued 20 Ks in 36 innings and earned one save.

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