Boilermakers outlast Badgers in Big Ten play


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April 29, 2012

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  Purdue 6, Wisconsin 5
Varsity Softball Complex • West Lafayette, Ind.
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IP H R ER BB SO
W Hackney (6-3) 3.0 5 2 2 2 2
L Darrah (20-9) 6.0 7 6 4 3 4
 Batting Leaders
 • Michelle Mueller: 2-for-3, 1 RBI
 • Shannel Blackshear: 1-for-3, 2 RBI
 • Kendall Grimm: 2-for-4, 2 Runs
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Playing from behind the entire game, the Wisconsin softball team was unable to find a way past Purdue Sunday afternoon in West Lafayette, Ind. The Badgers tied the game twice, but were unable to take the lead in a 6-5 loss.

 Fast Facts
• Badgers fall to 12-6 in Big Ten play
• Darrah pitches 20th complete game of season
• UW closes out home schedule with six games this week

With the score tied, 5-5, in the bottom of the sixth, Purdue’s Erika Petruzzi doubled to left field to start off the bottom of the inning. Ashley Burkhardt singled up the middle to score the game-winning run from second and give the Boilermakers a 6-5 lead.

Purdue started the game with a run in the first inning. Molly Garst singled through the right side to lead off the game before scoring on a ground out by Andie Varsho.

The Boilermakers struck again in the third inning, scoring a pair of runs to take a 3-0 lead.

Wisconsin’s offense woke up in the fourth inning as Kendall Grimm led off with a single through the left side. Whitney Massey followed Grimm with a double down the right field line and Shannel Blackshear drew a walk to load the bases for Stephanie Peace.

A single to left field by Peace scored Grimm from third for the first Badger run of the game. Massey was thrown out at the plate on the play.

A sacrifice bunt by Karla Powell scored the second run and an RBI single from Michelle Mueller to left field tied the game, 3-3.

Purdue wasted no time taking back the lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up, 5-3.

Wisconsin’s offense showed its strength again in the top of the fifth. With two outs, the Badgers scored two runs with a pair of singles by Massei and Grimm and a two-RBI double by Blackshear to tie the game, 5-5.

Purdue took the lead for the final time in the bottom of the sixth and the Badgers were unable to respond in the seventh ending the game, 6-5, in favor of the Boilermakers.

Cassandra Darrah pitched six complete innings for the Badgers, allowing six runs, four earned, on seven hits, striking out four and walking three. Darrah falls to 20-9 in her 20th complete game of the season.

Lexy Moore and Katie Hackney combined for time in the circle, with Hackney earning the win. Purdue allowed five UW runs on 10 hits, striking out three and walking three.

The loss drops Wisconsin to 30-15 on the season and 12-6 in the Big Ten. Purdue improves to 30-17 and moves to 12-5 in league play to take a half-game lead over the Badgers.

Wisconsin closes out the non-conference portion of its schedule this week when it hosts Bradley on Tuesday, May 1 and Green Bay on Wednesday, May 2 at Goodman Diamond.

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