Softball Falls in Extra Innings to Purdue
March 2, 2012
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - NC State (8-8) battled hard but fell to Purdue (10-0) in nine innings today by a score of 7-5. The contest was the first for both teams at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Weiman went the distance for the Wolfpack, surrendering four earned runs off of 11 hits in nine innings of work. She fanned five Purdue batters in the contest.
Weiman issued two walks in the top of the first, putting PUrdue runners on first and third with two outs. Danielle Fletcher, the Boilermakers' catcher, then smoked a shot to dead center field. Wolfpack center fielder Landon Warren then made an incredible home run saving snag, leaping into the wall to make the catch as it sailed over the fence.
Purdue notched three hits in the second frame, but the Pack was able to work out of the jam and force the Boilermakers to leave the bases loaded.
Jones posted State's first hit of the game in the second inning, but the Pack offense was unable to plate her. After two frames, the game remained scoreless.
Purdue took a 1-0 lead in the third by notching one hit and taking advantage of one NC State miscue.
The Wolfpack countered in the bottom of the frame and took a 3-1 lead. Chelsea Tate and Toni Ann Williford each drew a walk to put runners on first and second for Caitlin Dent. Dent then smashed her third home run of the season which ties her with Bethaney Wells for the team lead.
Weiman retired the Boilermakers in order in the fifth to preserve the 3-1 Wolfpack advantage.
Purdue scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning off of one hit and three walks, knotting the score at 3-3.
Renada Davis led off the bottom of the seventh with a base hit but was retired at second on the fielder's choice by Landon Warren. Warren then advanced into scoring position on a ground ball by Scout Albertson. Next, pinch hitter Sara Lippard stepped in the box, but was unable to reach base, so the contest headed to extra innings.
In extra innings, Purdue took a 4-3 lead thanks to one hit and one Pack error.
NC State evened the score in the bottom half of the frame. On the first pitch of the inning, Purdue attempted a pitchout and pickoff, but the throw was errant, which allowed Kirsty Grant, the runner at second base, to score.
Purdue's Fletcher got redemption for her narrowly missed home run earlier in the game in the ninth inning by roping a double to left field, which pushed the Boilermakers up 5-4. Purdue notched two more runs in the frame to increase their lead to 7-4 over the Wolfpack.
Wells opened the ninth with a single which plated Hayley Stowe, who was pinch running for Dent. Leah Jones reached on a fielder's choice and Davis followed with a double to put runners on second and third. The Wolfpack kept fighting, but ended up falling to the Boilermakers by a score of 7-5.
State softball returns to action this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. versus St. John's in the Citrus Classic at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, Fla.