March 26, 2008
Junior Katie Mitchell had four hits and drove in eight runs to lead visiting Purdue to back-to-back wins over Butler in a non-league doubleheader played at the Butler Softball Diamond on Wednesday (March 26). The Boilermakers rallied for a 5-3 come-from-behind win in the opener and then cruised to a 7-0 decision in the nightcap.
Mitchell provided the offensive punch for Purdue (21-8) in both wins with four hits in seven trips to the plate, including two doubles and two home runs. She added four runs scored, and she recorded the game-winning hit in each of the two contests.
Butler (10-11) appeared headed for its first victory over Purdue in the past 13 meetings in the opener. The Bulldogs, behind the strong pitching performance of sophomore Kristen Malinkey, had a 3-1 lead with two outs in the seventh inning. But Mitchell dashed Butler's hopes with a bases-loaded double that gave the visitors a 4-3 advantage. Mitchell later scored the fifth Boilermaker run on a single by Ashley Hall.
The Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by junior Alex Boros. It was her third home run of the season. Butler then broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning when junior Annie Dolan scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, junior Lindsay Schluge delivered a run-scoring single.
Malinkey, who gave up a solo home run to Kelsey Haupert in the second inning, blanked the Boilermakers for four straight innings, before the seventh-inning rally. She was nicked for eight hits and gave up just one earned run in the game.
In the second game, pitchers Suzie Rzegocki and Ashley DiDomenico combined to shutout the Bulldogs on five hits. Mitchell hit a pair of home runs in the game and drove in five of Purdue's seven runs. Senior Amy Hyerczyk had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.
Butler will return to Horizon League play with a three-game series against UIC this weekend. The two teams will meet in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) on Saturday and then play a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.