WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue out-slugged Fort Wayne 7-5 in its first of two midweek contests at Bittinger Stadium before its series at Wisconsin. The offense backed a solid outing from Giana Lopez to hand the freshman her first collegiate victory.
Ryleigh Scott and Jenny Behan were both held hitless in the contest but combined for five walks and two runs on the day as the Mastodons pitched around the two and three hitters all game long. The bottom of the lineup provided the punch Purdue needed to earn the victory as Halle Hixenbaugh went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored. Emily Kenny's lone hit of the game was a big one as her second home run in her last seven at-bats was a grand slam that gave Purdue a 5-3 advantage in the third.
Back-to-back pinch-hit base knocks by freshmen Siena Wagner and Rachel Krzysko provided insurance in the fifth inning that proved crucial as Fort Wayne managed to scrap together a pair of runs in a seventh-inning comeback attempt. Wagner's RBI came on a double and she came around to score in the ensuing at-bat on a single by Krzysko.
Lopez delivered 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on just five hits in her relief appearance. Maddie Damon was tagged for two runs in 1.2 innings of work in her first start since 2017.
Purdue is back in action Tuesday at Bittinger Stadium against the Dayton Flyers at 5 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers are 5-0 all time against the Atlantic 10 Conference opponent.