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PURDUE: Defense, Seventh Inning Rally Lift Softball to 2-1 Win Over UCF

March 19, 2014


ORLANDO, Fla. - A stout defensive effort and clutch offense in the seventh inning helped Purdue to a 2-1 win over UCF on Tuesday, giving the Boilermaker softball team its third straight victory.

Junior Lilly Fecho issued seven strikeouts and the defense made some web gem worthy grabs to hold UCF to one run on two hits and an error. The Boilermakers scored their two runs on nine hits, including two-hit days by seniors Maia Monchek and Tori Chiodo.

In the first inning, senior Andie Varshodrew a leadoff walk and stole second, before being joined by Chiodo, who also earned a free pass, but two strikeouts left the pair stranded.

The Boilers had another runner in scoring position in the third as Varsho reached on an error and went to third on a single up the middle by senior Lindsey Rains. Rains was called out trying to take second on the play and a pop up kept Purdue off the scoreboard.

UCF scored first with two hits and help from a Boilermaker miscue in the third inning. A two-out single got things started. The runner stole second and went to third on a throwing error before scoring on another single. A walk put two aboard, but Fecho struck out the next batter looking to stop the threat.

Purdue tied it up on a double by sophomore Mary Gooding in the fourth. Gooding's RBI hit followed two-out singles by Monchek and freshman Katy McJunkin. Pinch runner Sydney Pencek came in to score on the hit to the left center gap.

The Boilermakers got hits from Varsho and Chiodo in the fifth, but could not score. Varsho single, stole second and took third on Chiodo's single. A strikeout marked the inning's second out and the Boiler runners went in motion, but Varsho was tagged out at the plate to end the inning.

UCF stranded a runner at second in the fifth after a two-out hit by pitch and a steal.

Monchek added her second hit, a one-out infield single, in the sixth, but the Knight kept the 1-1 tie intact.

Purdue took a 2-1 lead in the seventh as Chiodo came through with a clutch two-out RBI single. The hit brought in sophomore Paris Andrewfrom third. Andrew led off the inning with a solid single to right, was sacrificed to second and went to third on a fly ball.

The defense closed out the win, reeling in two fly balls and clearing an infield grounder.

Purdue (13-16-1) returns to action at 11 a.m. Wednesday when the team faces the Netherlands National Team in an exhibition game in St. Leo, Fla.

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