Purdue sports news, notes and links for February 19.
Tonight I am going to see Basil Smotherman and Lawrence North play Pike, so I will have a full report later. For now, here is a recap of last weekend' softball action for Purdue in addition to some further links:
Purdue almost went 5-0 on the weekend, but instead had to settle for a 3-2 weekend in Arizona to move to 5-5 overall.
Purdue 2, Utah State 1
Freshman pitcher Lilly Fecho picked up her first collegiate win in a game that became the program's 600th victory overall. Ashley Burkhardt drove home Andie Varsho in the bottom of the fifth to break a 1-1 tie.
Purdue 8, Drake 5
Friday night's second game Saw Purdue score three in the first and three in the second, but the Boilers gave up two in the bottom of each winning. An insurance run in the fourth and sixth was enough for the win. Ashley Courtney drove in two runs and Alex Whitmore got the win with 3 2/3 innings pitched.
No. 16 Arizona 5, Purdue 4
For the third time this season Purdue dropped a one-run game against a ranked team. The boilers led 2-0 after a half inning but gave up three in the bottom of the first. Purdue went back in front at 4-3 in the third but Arizona scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to edge them 5-4. Courtney again had two RBI.
Purdue 8, Southern Utah 0
Purdue gave up just three hits in a mercy-rule win over Southern Utah, giving Fecho her second win on the weekend. Varsho drove in three runs while Danielle Fletcher and Maia Monchek each drove in two.
Nebraska 4, Purdue 3
Purdue led 3-0 after three innings, but the Cornhuskers scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth, and got an RBI sac fly in the sixth to edge Purdue in a non-conference game. Lexy Moore took the loss.
Bracketology: Kentucky on the outside looking in - SBNation.com
One month from today, the First Four tips off in Dayton. The 2012 National Champions have a lot of work to do to earn even one of those four last chance at-large spots.
Projecting the 2013 Big Ten Basketball Race: February 18 - The Only Colors
Tuesday night's showdown will go a long way toward deciding the race, but Michigan and Wisconsin will still have something to say. Illinois's recent surge has them in good shape for the tournament; could Iowa join them? And will Penn State go 0-18?
Breaking Down Some Big Ten Tournament Possibilities - Black Heart Gold Pants
Looking ahead to the Big Ten Tournament with 2/3 of the Big Ten season in the books.
Big Ten Power Rankings: No Change After a Steady Week - Bucky's 5th Quarter
In the country’s most balanced conference, Big Ten fans have become accustomed to the constant shuffling of teams up and down the conference leaderboard. The same goes for the league’s power rankings.
The Big Ten in Review: Purdue - Maize n Brew
We continue the series where we review the 2012 football season of Big Ten teams. This time up, it's Purdue.
Thompson: Purdue basketball tradition demands better effort | Journal and Courier | jconline.com
The Purdue men's basketball season has reached a point where even high definition television can't make the Boilermakers look good.
Big Ten Baseball Weekly Review - 2013 Week One - Corn Nation
Baseball started and as expected, struggled through the opening weekend with Indiana being the only team to end up with a winning record. Purdue finished at .500 at 2-2.