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April 25, 2009
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The atmosphere was electric for Blue and White weekend, but Purdue got the best of Penn State winning the Big Ten contest by a score of 2-0. Penn State is now 17-22 overall and 5-8 in the Big Ten Conference while Purdue improves to 25-17 overall and 8-7 in conference play. Junior pitcher Jackie Hill (San Jose, Calif.) fanned a season high nine batters for the third time this season.
The Boilermakers struck first as Laine Horiuchi took a pitch to the side and was awarded first base. She proceeded to steal second leaving first base open as Candace Curtis reached on a base on balls. They both advanced as Katie Mitchell was walked, and Jenna Alexander took a pitch to the arm to score Horiuchi with no outs. Hill recovered quickly though and struck out the next three batters to minimize the damage.
The Lions came up to bat with a vengance as senior first baseman Danielle Kinley (Carlsbad, Calif.) led of with a single and advanced as junior left fielder Ashley Griffith (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) got a single of her own. A wild pitch by Suzie Rzegocki put them both in scoring position. Unfortunately the inning was retired before anyone could cross the plate. Penn State would only get one hit the rest of the game as Hill singled in the third.
The pitchers battle continued through the next four innings. Hill had an outstanding performance and didn't give up a hit until the sixth when Molly Garst singled to left field. She then stole second and scored when Ashley Barr singled and advanced to second on an error.
Purdue was able to keep the Lions at bay as they cruised to a 2-0 win. Penn State had three hits, committed one error, and left six on base while Purdue scored two runs with two hits, had one error and left seven on. Hill gave up three walks and hit three batters in the loss becoming 12-8 in the circle. Rzegocki became 20-10 with the win while striking out five and walking three.
The Lions will try to salvage the series tomorrow as they rematch the Boilermakers at 12:05 p.m. The game will be aired live on the Big Ten Network.