CHICAGO (WLFI) - The Boilermaker softball team outlasted the dropping temperatures and strong winds to post a 7-4 win over Loyola on Tuesday. Purdue scored in the second, fifth and seventh innings and held off a late Rambler rally for the win.
Purdue scored its seven runs on eight hits and four Loyola miscues, while the Ramblers posted four runs on eight hits. Juniors Tori Chiodo and Andie Varsho, sophomore Ashley Burkhardt and freshman Paris Andrew registered two hits apiece for the Boilermakers.
Sophomore Lexy Moore (6-9) struck out four in a relief effort after entering the game two batters into the first inning. Sophomore Alex Whittemore started the contest for Purdue. Brittany Gardner (8-6) took the loss for Loyola.
Varsho drew a two-out walk in the first inning and swiped second, taking sole possession of fifth place on the Purdue career steals list, but was left stranded.
The Ramblers snapped the shutout with a run on five hits in the sixth. A pair of singles started the stanza, but the lead runner was gunned down trying to reach third on the second hit. With runners at first and third with two outs after another single, a single up the middle put Loyola on the board. The Ramblers added another single, but a base running miscue capped the inning.
Loyola made a late push, plating three runs in the seventh on a Brie Pasquale home run. The two-out long ball followed two singles. A caught foul ball sealed the Boilermaker win.
Purdue (16-22) returns to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday when the team takes on Ball State in a doubleheader. It is service day at the Boilermaker Softball Complex, supporting the local police and fire departments.
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