Purdue softball completes sweep of Iowa to improve tournament seed

Purdue clinches the 10 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-0 victory against Iowa at Bob Pearl Field. Sydney Bates pitched all 18 innings in the series sweep of the Hawkeyes.

Posted: May 6, 2018 11:54 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue (16-39, 7-15 B1G) clinches the 10 seed in the Big Ten Tournament with a 6-0 victory against Iowa (20-31, 6-16 B1G) at Bob Pearl Field. Sydney Bates pitched all 18 innings in the series sweep of the Hawkeyes.

The redshirt freshman out of Davie, Florida, threw seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits and two walks while letting her defense go to work behind her as she struck out just two batters. The effort is good for her second-straight shutout and her third complete-game victory in as many days. Bates retired the leadoff hitter in five of the seven innings and registered three one-two-three innings.

Sunday's effort makes Bates the first Boilermaker in program history to earn all three victories in a three-game sweep against a conference opponent. She's also the first pitcher in Purdue history to throw back-to-back shutouts against a Big Ten opponent in consecutive days. Brooke Baker threw back-to-back shutouts against Ohio State and Indiana with five days between the two performances in 2005. She is one-of-six pitchers in program history to win three games in a row and is just one-of-three pitchers in Purdue history to win three-consecutive conference games.

Once again, it didn't take the Boilermakers very long to give Bates some run support as Purdue put up four runs in the second inning. After a leadoff walk, an error and a hit by pitch the bases were loaded with one out. Tayler Wullenweber scored the first run of the ballgame on a wild pitch, opening the flood gates as Lexi Huffman and Mallory Baker delivered back-to-back RBI singles to make the game 3-0. Following a single by Ryleigh Scott to reload the bases, Jenny Behan scored Huffman on a sacrifice fly to complete the four-run inning.

Alexa Binckes doubled in the ensuing inning to score Madison Douglass who had singled to lead off the inning. Purdue later scored in the fifth on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Morgan Cavinder scoring Emily Kenny.

Scott accounted for two of Purdue's seven hits in the contest with Baker, Douglass, Halle Hixenbaugh, Binckes and Huffman all registering hits as well.

No. 10 Purdue is set to take on No. 7 Wisconsin in game one of the Big Ten Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, on May 10 with the first pitch set for Noon ET. The Boilermakers will look to upset the tournament host and take on No. 2 Minnesota in the second round. Purdue took one-of-three from the Badgers at Goodman Diamond earlier this season.

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