Badgers sweep softball double header over Boilers

Lilly Fecho

MADISON, Wis. (Purdue Sports) – The Wisconsin Badgers swept the Boilermaker softball team in a Friday doubleheader, taking a pair of one-run victories, 2-1 and 6-5.

Seniors Andie Varsho and Tori Chiodo and junior Ashley Burkhardt each had two hits in the twin bill.

Sophomore Lilly Fecho went the distance in Game 1, striking out two Badgers. She added two strikeouts in five and a third innings of relief in Game 2. Junior Alex Whittemore started the night cap and took the loss after two thirds of an inning of work.

The Boilermakers and Badgers wrap up the three-game series at 2 p.m. ET Saturday at Goodman Diamond. Live streaming video of the contest will be available at purduesports.com with an All-Access subscription.

Game 1: Wisconsin 2, Purdue 1

The Badgers scored a run in the first and one in the fourth and then held Purdue at bay the remainder of the game in a 2-1 win.

Wisconsin scored its two runs on five hits, while the Boilers managed their run on three hits.

Taylor-Paige Stewart (12-5) struck out two in the complete-game effort for Wisconsin, while sophomore Lilly Fecho (19-12) struck out two for the Boilermakers.

Wisconsin combined a bunt single and a double to right center for a run in the first inning.

Fecho sat down the next eight batters after the score, but the Badgers managed a run in the fourth on a leadoff home run by Michelle Mueller.

The Boilers snapped the Badger no-hit bid in the fifth with a two-out double to the right field wall by freshman Katy McJunkin. Senior Maia Monchek followed with a walk, but a strikeout kept Purdue from breaking on to the scoreboard.

Senior Andie Varsho reached with a one-out bunt single in the sixth, but Purdue could not bring her around.

The Badgers threatened with a single and a walk in the sixth, but the Purdue defense held.

The Boilermakers finally broke through with a run in the seventh inning, but could not extend the game. McJunkin drew a two-out walk and Monchek came through with the clutch RBI with a double off the right field wall. A pop up ended the rally.

Game 2: Wisconsin 6, Purdue 5

Wisconsin secured the series with a 6-5 win in Game 2, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth to go on top and forcing the Boilermakers to strand the game-tying run in the seventh.

The Badgers scored their six runs on 10 hits and five Purdue errors, while the Boilers scored five runs on six hits. Senior Tori Chiodo and junior Ashley Burkhardt had two hits apiece to lead the Purdue bats.

Cassandra Darrah (17-10) struck out four in the complete game win for Wisconsin, while junior Alex Whittemore (2-3) was saddled with the loss after pitching two thirds of an inning to start the game. Sophomore Lilly Fecho finished the game and struck out two Badger batters.

The Boilermakers put two aboard in the first as Chiodo drew a two-out walk and Burkhardt followed with a single up the middle. A pop up kept the Boilers from scoring.

After Purdue turned a double play in the bottom of the inning, Wisconsin managed two runs on a Chloe Miller two-run home run. A walk and an error put two on. The Badgers pulled off a double steal and a throwing error allowed a run on the play.

The Boilers got one run back without the aid of a hit in the second. Senior Lindsey Rains drew a four-pitch walk and promptly swiped second base for her 73rd career steal, moving her into a tie for fifth-place all-time on the Purdue career list. Senior Maia Monchek walked and the pair then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice. A passed ball brought Rains in to score. Senior Andie Varsho also was hit by a pitch in the inning, but Purdue couldn’t add another run.

Chiodo pulled Purdue within one run, lifting a home run over the right field wall to lead off the third inning. The long ball was her eighth of the season.

A bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth made it 4-2 Wisconsin. The fly ball followed a pair of singles and a walk.

A towering three-run home run by senior Danielle Fletcher in the fifth put the Boilers on top 5-4. The long ball, Fletcher’s ninth of the season, came after two-out singles by Chiodo and Burkhardt.

The Badgers responded with two runs on three hits and an error in the bottom of the inning. A single and a sacrifice made it first and third, then the error allowed the game-tying run. Another single put runners at first and second for Mary Massei, who gave Wisconsin the lead with an RBI single to right.

The Boilermakers put the tying run on third base in the seventh, but could not bring her home. Varsho led off with a double to left field and was sacrificed over to third, but a strikeout and pop up ended the game.

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