May 10, 2013
LINCOLN, Neb. - Michigan State softball fell to Purdue, 8-5, on Thursday evening in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Freshman Destinee Luna and senior Jenny Ramsaier both notched two RBIs for the Spartans. Michigan State finished the season 24-25 overall and 9-10 in conference games.
"I'm disappointed with the outcome," said head coach Jacquie Joseph. "Having said that, I have to give credit to Purdue. I thought we could have made adjustments a little sooner than we did. Overall, I was pleased with the way we competed at the end. I think we have a lot to look forward to in the coming years."
The first two innings went scoreless for both Michigan State and Purdue (23-31, 9-15). The Boilermakers put the first runs on the board in the top of the third.
In the top of the fifth inning, Purdue posted two runs and scored three in the top of the sixth to take an 8-0 lead.
Michigan State rallied in the bottom of the sixth with five runs to narrow the scoring deficit, 8-5. Sophomore Alyssa McBride began the inning with a single up the middle and was sent to second off a hit by sophomore McKinzie Freimuth. Senior Kylene Hopkins notched an RBI as McBride crossed the plate for MSU. Michigan State loaded the bases after senior Jayme O'Bryant singled to center field. Luna notched two RBIs with a double to right field. Ramsaier followed with a single to right center to send O'Bryant and Luna home.
Leading the Spartans were sophomore McKinzie Freimuth and senior Kylene Hopkins going 2-for-3 at bat.
In the circle for Purdue, Lexy Moore improved her record to 11-14 on the season.
The Spartans will return six starters to the lineup next spring.