March 28, 2018
by Tony Jones
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Purdue utilized an RBI single in the sixth inning and tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh to down the University of Notre Dame softball team 4-1 on Wednesday at Melissa Cook Stadium. The contest marked the fifth and final game of Notre Dame’s season-opening homestand.
How It Happened
Notre Dame (21-11) worked out of a bases-loaded jam on defense in the top of the first inning against Purdue (8-24). Alexis Holloway (13-7) struck out a Boilermaker hitter on a 1-2 pitch to leave the bases juiced.
An Irish fielding error and infield single with two outs, one of six two-out hits for Purdue on the day, put the Boilermakers ahead 1-0 in the top of the second. Purdue held the lead until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Morgan Reed hit a solo home run to right center field to lead off the frame. Reed’s fifth home run of the season tied the game at 1-1.
Purdue re-took the lead in the top of the sixth with a double down the line at third base and a sharp single up the middle, vaulting in front 2-1. The Boilermakers added two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, again with two outs, on a bases-clearing double to right center for the final margin of victory at 4-1.
Notre Dame travels to Virginia Tech for a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) series this weekend in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Tony Jones, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2012 and coordinates all media efforts for the Notre Dame softball, men’s soccer and swimming and diving programs. A native of Jamestown, New York, Jones is a 2011 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, and prior to arriving at Notre Dame held positions at the University of Louisiana Monroe and with the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills.