Feb. 20, 2016
ATLANTA -- A bases-clearing double by senior Katie Harrison was all the Boilermakers needed to complement senior Lilly Fecho's pitching in a 3-0 win over Georgia Tech Saturday night. Harrison's seventh inning RBI snapped the scoreless tie and broke up the pitcher's duel.
Fecho issued seven Ks in the game, including five over the final three stanzas, and allowed the Yellow Jackets just five hits in the contest, while Purdue scored its three runs on four hits. Senior Mary Gooding led the way by reaching base in three of her four at-bats with a single, a hit by pitch and a walk.
Both teams loaded the bases in the first inning, but neither could push a run across. For Purdue, senior Mary Gooding was hit by a pitch, then Katie Harrison drew her seventh walk of the season. A fielder's choice play at third put freshman Lexi Huffman on base. A walk to freshman Mallory Baker filled the base paths, but a fielder's choice play at third nullified the threat.
A fielder's choice, a walk and an error put the Georgia Tech runners on, but a fielder's choice play at third also stopped them from scoring.
Purdue threatened again in the third as freshman Lauren Stewart reached on an error and advanced to third with a steal and a ground out, but the Boilermakers could not capitalize.
Senior Paris Andrew tallied the game's first hit, sending a double up the left field line, but an infield grounder stranded her.
The Yellow Jackets snapped Purdue's no-hit bid with a pair of singles in the fourth.
Gooding added her second hit of the game with a single up the middle in the fifth, but a shoestring grab by the shortstop ended the inning.
A walk and a double put two runners in scoring position for Georgia Tech in the fifth, but Fecho issued her fourth K of the night to get out of the inning unscathed.
Hoppman tapped a two-out infield single in the sixth, but was later called for leaving early on a stolen base attempt for the inning's third out.
Facing a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the inning, the Boilermaker defense held with a strikeout and two fly balls. Two singles and a hit batsman accounted for the runners.
The Boilermakers loaded the bases themselves in the seventh and were able to snap the shutout with a bases-clearing double by Harrison. Freshman Heather Knight reached on a fielder's choice and Stewart and Gooding walked to set the table for Harrison. Sophomore Maya Hughes pinch ran for Knight after she reached second base.
Fecho took down the final three batters with two Ks and a pop up to seal the win.
The Boilermakers will face the Yellow Jackets again at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.