May 6, 2012
On an overcast Sunday afternoon, the University of Minnesota softball team had its hopes of pulling off the three-game sweep over Purdue axed as the potent Boilermaker offense plated 12 runs to defeat the Golden Gophers in five innings, 12-2.
The Maroon and Gold were jumped on early in the game as Purdue quickly posted three runs in the first inning as Erika Petruzzi tripled in two runs and later scored on a Maia Monchek single, giving the Boilermakers a 3-0 lead.
Purdue would be back at it in the third as they tacked on four more runs. Danielle Fletcher was a catalyst in the inning as she doubled in two runs before the Gophers could garner an out.
Senior Alissa Koch was given the start but would split time with freshman Kelsey Kimminau. The two combined to allow 13 hits on the day.
The Gophers attempted to claw back in the bottom of the third as freshman Erica Meyer pelted a two-run homer to right center, making the score 7-2 in favor of the Boilermakers. Meyer's four-bagger was her seventh of the season and plated fellow freshman Tyler Walker.
Despite showing life at the plate, Minnesota was unable to contain the hot Purdue bats as they would score five more runs in the game to force the eight-run mercy rule at the end of the fifth inning.
The Maroon and Gold recorded seven hits on the day with freshman Erika Smyth going a perfect 2-for-2. Smyth was the lone Gopher to notch multiple hits in the game as six players sprayed a hit in the contest.
In conjunction with the weekend series, the Golden Gophers hosted their first Strike-Out Cancer fundraiser, where nearly $1,200 was garnered for cancer research and to help spread awareness. Sage Cowles, Jane Cowles and other members of the Cowles family were accompanied by head Gopher football coach Jerry Kill to throw out the ceremonial first pitches.
Minnesota now focuses on its final series of the season, which is next weekend against Iowa. The three-game series will be played at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium with the first game taking place Friday night at 7 p.m. The two border foes will then face off in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m.
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