March 24, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A four-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as Purdue defeated M
iami 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The RedHawks fall to 11-14 on the season, while the Boilermakers improve to 12-16. Miami struck first when Daniela Torres led off the top of the first with her third home run of the season. Purdue answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, but further damage was avoided by a nifty defensive play by Miami. A walk put runners on first and third with only one out. The Boilermaker batter baited catcher Jenna McGivney to throw to first by purposely leading off the base. However, first baseman Shannon Tillett quickly realized that the real play was an attempted steal of home and quickly threw to third to pick that runner off. Miami completed the double play by forcing the other Purdue runner into a run-down between first and second base.
With one out in the top of the third, Torres reached on a bunt single. The next hitter, Meghan Mawn, beat out a double play attempt to keep the inning alive after Torres was tagged out at second. Miami loaded the bases after Alicia Hogl singled to third base and Kathryn Russette walked. Sarah Billstrom then brought in two runs with a single through the right side.
There were great defensive plays throughout the game for the RedHawks. Purdue loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs, but McGivney and Torres teamed up to pickoff the Boilermaker runner at third base.
The big blow for Purdue came in the bottom of the fifth when the Boilermakers scored four runs on six hits off starter Jessica Simpson and reliever Meredith Linch. Billstrom got one back when she hit her fifth home run of the season in the top of the sixth, but Purdue responded with one more run in the bottom of the inning to complete the scoring.
Billstrom finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and one run scored. Torres was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Simpson allowed two earned runs on seven hits in six innings pitched. Linch took the loss for the RedHawks.
Miami returns to action on Thursday, Apr.1 when they host Dayton for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.