WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The Indiana Hoosiers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to steal away a 5-2 win over the Boilermaker softball team in the getaway game of the series. The Boilers, however, secured the series and the Governor’s Cup point with a doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
Indiana managed its five runs on seven hits and an error, while Purdue scored its two runs on seven hits and an error and left 10 base runners stranded. Six Boilermakers tallied hits in the game, led by senior Lindsey Rains’ two hit effort.
Three Hoosiers saw action in the game with Meaghan Murphy (3-10) earning the win after tossing the final inning and a third. Sophomore Lilly Fecho struck out six in the losing effort for Purdue. Junior Lexy Moore also saw action for the Boilers, throwing the final inning.
The Hoosiers took advantage of a leadoff walk in the first inning. A single through the infield moved the runner to third, from which she scored on a sacrifice fly.
The Boilermakers tried to respond in the bottom of the inning, getting singles from senior Tori Chiodo and junior Ashley Burkhardt, but left both aboard.
Purdue got two free base runners as freshman Katy McJunkin and sophomore Paris Andrew walks in the second inning, but a double play nullified the threat.
The Boilers broke onto the scoreboard and grabbed the lead with a two RBI double by senior Danielle Fletcher. Fletcher’s two-out hit up the right field line brought in Rains, who singled, and Chiodo, who walked.
Indiana went ahead with three runs on two hits and an error in the seventh. A Shelby Gogreve leadoff home run put the Hoosiers on top and brought Moore in to the circle. A two-RBI single up the middle by Meyer plated the other two runs. The hit followed a walk and an error on a sacrifice bunt. A pair of ground out brought Purdue to the plate one final time.
The Boilermakers had the potential game-tying run at the plate as Chiodo and Burkhardt drew one-out walks. A wild pitch moved the pair into scoring position, but a strikeout ended the game.
Purdue (20-18-1, 7-2 Big Ten) return to action at 5 p.m. Wednesday, when the Boilers face off with Ball State.