WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – The Boilermaker softball team wrapped up the regular season by honoring its seniors at a Sunday game against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers won the game 7-2.
All seven Boilermaker seniors started the game and were involved in the game, either making a play in the field or getting on base.
Minnesota scored its seven runs on nine hits, while Purdue’s two runs came on five hits and an error. Junior Ashley Burkhardt led the Boiler bats with a 2-for-2 effort, while Chiodo, Rains and Monchek each added a hit. Senior Mary Beth Pavlick drew a walk.
Sara Moulton (24-6) picked up the win for the Gophers, striking out two in four innings, before being relieved by Sara Groenwegen. Sophomore Lilly Fecho was saddled with the loss for Purdue after issuing one strikeout in two and two thirds innings. Juniors Alex Whittemore and Lexy Moore also pitched for the Boilermakers.
Minnesota scored first with two runs on a trio of hits in the first inning. The Gophers combined a one-out triple and sacrifice fly for the first score and used a single and double to make it 2-0.
The Boilermakers got an infield single from Burkhardt with two outs in the first, but could not score.
Purdue put two runners in scoring position in the second on a Monchek single and an error that put sophomore Paris Andrew on base. A ground out and a strikeout kept the Boilers off the board.
The Gophers added three more runs in the third on a home run by Sara Groenewegen.
The Boilers got two runs back in the bottom of the third. Chiodo got things started with a double to right center and came home on a Burkhardt single to center. Burkhardt went to second on a ground out before scoring on a double to center by Rains.
Burkhardt drew a two-out walk in the fifth against Groenwegen, but a ground ball to second base ended the stanza.
Minnesota capped the scoring with a pair of runs on three hits in the sixth.
Purdue put one final runner aboard as Pavlick earned a one-out free pass in the bottom of the seventh, but a fly ball and a strikeout left her stranded to end the game.
The Boilermakers return to action on Thursday at the Big Ten Tournament.