Purdue Calumet Sports Update, March 7, 2016

By: Purdue University Northwest Last Updated: March 7, 2016

PUC-Peregrine-Softball-Defeats-Bethel-10-6-and-Spring-Arbor-10-5-FridayPeregrine Softball Defeats Bethel 10-6, and Spring Arbor 10-5, Friday
The Purdue University Calumet softball team started their trip down south on a high note, collecting a 10-6 win over Bethel College, followed by a 10-5 victory over Spring Arbor Friday afternoon.

The Peregrines improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Pilots (0-5), in Game 1, and the Cougars (3-2) in Game 2.

Game 1: Peregrines 10, Bethel 6
Steffens led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to right field, followed by a sac fly from Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) which gave the Peregrines a 1-0 advantage.

Purdue Calumet broke open their lead in the bottom of inning 2, scoring four runs on three hits thanks to a pair of RBI singles from Jessica Loy (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Pagan.

Bethel would answer the Peregrines in the top half of the third inning, capitalizing on some Peregrine miscues to cut their deficit to one run, 5-4.

The Black and Gold would score three more runs in the fourth inning, and two more in the sixth, which helped them come away with the 10-6 win.

Junior Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) picked up her first win in a Peregrine uniform, pitching three innings in relief without giving up a base runner.

Game 2: Peregrines 10, Spring Arbor 5
After both teams were knotted up at one run a piece after three innings, Purdue Calumet would use a four run fourth thanks to some fielding blunders by Spring Arbor.

The Peregrines would continue to take advantage of some defensive mishaps from the Cougars, to take a, 8-1 lead in the sixth inning.

The Cougars would try and answer the Peregrines, but the Black and Gold would stay tough in the final two innings to come away with the 10-5 win.

Leslie Ford (Garden City, Kan./Garden City) earned her first win for the Peregrines, giving up six hits in six innings of work with a trio of strikeouts.

Purdue Calumet returns to the field tomorrow Mar. 5, when they face off with Warner University for a double header starting at 10:00 am (CT)

Purdue Calumet Baseball Takes Down (RV) Mount Vernon, Saturday
The Purdue University Calumet baseball team earned a 7-4 win over Mount Vernon Nazarene, who is receiving votes in the National poll, Saturday morning to kick off their 2016 campaign.

Senior outfielder Eric Sickles (Benicia, Calif./Benicia) led the Peregrines (1-0) with a pair of hits and one run scored while John Cristo (Munster, Ind./Munster) picked up a pair of RBI and scored two runs.

Sophomore Willie Bennett (Santee, Calif./West Hills) earned his first win of the season, after only giving up one hit in five innings of work.

After Andrew Atchison (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) drew a bases loaded walk in the top half of the first frame, Cristo would plate Sickles and pinch runner Drake Larriuz (Lake Villa, Ill./Lake Community) on a 2-RBI single to put the Peregrines up 3-0.

Purdue Calumet would tack on another run in the second inning, after a single from Avondre Harris (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) scored Alec Skalka (Munster, Ind./Munster) to increase their lead to 4-0.

Mount Vernon (7-2) would capitalize on some defensive blunders from the Black and Gold, to cut their deficit to two, 4-2, heading in to the sixth inning.

Tyler Crussen (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler) would crush a double to deep-right center to plate Cristo and give the Peregrines a 5-2 advantage.

The Peregrines would add some insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning, after Cristo scored on an error to third base followed by a Cody Dykema (Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central) RBI single which gave Purdue Calumet a five run lead.

Pitchers Josh Arnold (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) and Matt Sandoval (Highland, Ind./Bishop Noll) would finish the job in the late innings of the game, to lead the Black and Gold to their first victory of the season.

Purdue Calumet returns to action on Sun., Mar. 6, when they face off with Purdue North Central and St. Xavier. The game with PNC will start at 11:00 a.m. (CT) with the SXU contest immediately following.

Peregrines Drop Two to Warner University Saturday Afternoon
The Purdue University Calumet softball team dropped a pair of games to Warner University Saturday afternoon, falling in the first game 10-1 before losing 3-2 in Game 2.

Game 1: Warner 10, Peregrines 1
After a scoreless first two innings of the game, The Royals put together a 6-run third frame, capped off by a Jessica Adams two-run homer, which put Warner up 6-0.

Warner would score three more runs in the fourth inning thanks to a 2-RBI double from Sydey Coleman, extending their lead to 10-0.

An RBI-single from Haley Loden (Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central) plated Hannah Lopez (Granada Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) in the top of fifth, but that’s all they would get, with Warner coming away with the 10-1 win.

Game 2: Warner 3, Peregrines 2
The Royals would take and early 2-0 lead over the Black and Gold to kick off Game 2, but the Peregrines would answer back thanks to RBI-singles from Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) and Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) in the fourth and fifth innings.

Warner would answer however, scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 advantage, and holding on to that lead for the remainder of the game.

The Peregrines return to action on Sun. Mar. 6, when they open the NTC Invite at 8:00 am (CT) against Bellevue, followed by a contest with Hannibal-LaGrange at 10:00 am (CT).​

Murphy's One-Hitter Not Enough in Purdue Calumet 2-1 Loss to Bellevue
The Purdue University Calumet softball team played Bellevue University to a tie in the seventh inning, but the Bruins were able to punch in a run in the bottom of the frame to hand the Peregrines a 2-1 loss Sunday morning in Florida.

Purdue Calumet (3-4) is currently in action against Hannibal-LaGrange to complete play Sunday, with six more games to play in the state of Florida through Tuesday, March 10.

Sophomore Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) recorded two hits, including a triple, and scored the Peregrines’ lone run to lead the visitors. Junior Samantha Oppenhuis (Munster, Ind./Illiana Christian) tallied the only other hit of the game, a single, while freshman Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) had the RBI-groundout that scored Morales in the fourth inning.

Bellevue (3-5) struck first to open the game, when Alex Tooley scored from second base on a Peregrine fielding error. Purdue Calumet starter Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) held the Bruins scoreless for the next five innings, as the junior right-hander struck out five and walked just one for the game, without giving up an earned run in the one-hitter.

The Peregrines had a chance to score in the top of the seventh, when Oppenhuis singled with one out and pinch runner Brianna Hall (University Park, Ill./Marian Catholic) stole second, but Bruins’ starter Kelli Fisher (2-3) got out of trouble with a strikeout and infield pop up to end the threat.

Bellevue’s Kayla Young doubled to open the bottom of the seventh, setting up pinch runner Sydney Robertson to score on a passed ball to give the Bruins the win.

Purdue Calumet Drops Two One-Run Games in Florida Sunday
The Purdue University Calumet softball team put together two strong pitching performances, but the Peregrines’ offense was unable to produce in a pair of one-run losses Sunday in Florida.

The Peregrines (3-5) first fell to Bellevue University, 2-1, before sustaining a 1-0 loss to Hannibal-LaGrange in two contests part of the National Training Center’s (NTC) Invitational.

Junior pitcher Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) threw a one-hitter in the 2-1 loss to Bellevue, striking out five and didn’t allow an earned run. In the loss to Hannibal-LaGrange, starter Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) threw six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, striking out four and walking three while giving up one earned run.

Sophomore Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) led the Peregrines at the plate across the two games, going 3-for-7 with a triple and a run scored, while junior teammate Samantha Oppenhuis (Munster, Ind./Illiana Christian) was 2-for-6.

Purdue Calumet will take a break Monday before returning to action on Tuesday, March 8, with a pair of games, facing Mount Vernon Nazarene and Spring Arbor (Mich.). The Peregrines will play four more games down South after that, facing Southeastern (Fla.) in a doubleheader March 9 before ending the trip with contests against Cornerstone (Mich.) and Bellevue March 10.

Game 1: Bellevue 2, Purdue Calumet 1
The Peregrines played Bellevue University to a tie in the seventh inning, but the Bruins were able to punch in a run in the bottom of the frame to hand the Peregrines a 2-1 loss Sunday morning in Florida.

Sophomore Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) recorded two hits, including a triple, and scored the Peregrines’ lone run to lead the visitors. Junior Samantha Oppenhuis (Munster, Ind./Illiana Christian) tallied the only other hit of the game, a single, while freshman Olivia Sardella (Dyer, Ind./Lake Central) had the RBI-groundout that scored Morales in the fourth inning.

Bellevue (3-5) struck first to open the game, when Alex Tooley scored from second base on a Peregrine fielding error. Purdue Calumet starter Carly Murphy (Munster, Ind./Munster) held the Bruins scoreless for the next five innings, as the junior right-hander struck out five and walked just one for the game, without giving up an earned run in the one-hitter.

The Peregrines had a chance to score in the top of the seventh, when Oppenhuis singled with one out and pinch runner Brianna Hall (University Park, Ill./Marian Catholic) stole second, but Bruins’ starter Kelli Fisher (2-3) got out of trouble with a strikeout and infield pop up to end the threat.

Bellevue’s Kayla Young doubled to open the bottom of the seventh, setting up pinch runner Sydney Robertson to score on a passed ball to give the Bruins the win.

Game 2: Hannibal-LaGrange 1, Purdue Calumet 0
The Peregrines’ defense held the Trojans (5-3) scoreless for six innings, but Hannibal-LaGrange rallied with two outs to plate a run in the top of the seventh and the Peregrines were unable to answer in the bottom of the frame in a 1-0 loss.

Starter Holly Pagan (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett) forced the Trojans into two straight groundouts to open the seventh, but Gabby Akright sparked the visitors with a double and teammate Shelby Miller singled to send Akright to third. Jenna Duckworth was the hero, coming up with the RBI-single to give H-L the lead.

Purdue Calumet had a chance to answer in the bottom of the inning when Allyson Leach (Demotte, Ind./North Newton) opened the seventh with a walk and Hannah Lopez (Granada Hills, Calif./Bishop Alemany) singled. A passed ball sent both runners to second and third, but the Trojans’ starter Jordyn Alford got the next two batters out, and after loading the bases with a Tessa Steffens (Litchfield, Ill./Litchfield) walk, got out of the game with a flyout for the win.

Alex Morales (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), Pagan, Samantha Oppenhuis (Munster, Ind./Illiana Christian) and Lopez recorded the Peregrines’ four hits, with Pagan belting a double to open the second inning.

Peregrine Baseball Tacks on Two Wins Sunday Afternoon
The Purdue University Calumet baseball team continued to stay hot in the Sunshine State, picking up two wins against Purdue North Central and Saint Xavier Sunday afternoon.

Game 1: Peregrines 4, Purdue North Central 3
Senior Cody Dykema (Crown Point, Ind./Lake Central)ripped a double in the top of the first inning, followed by an RBI-single by Eric Sickles (Benicia, Calif./Benicia)to put the Peregrines up 1-0.

The Panthers would take the lead in the top half of the third, plating three runs thanks to a Peregrine defensive miscue followed by a 2-RBI triple from Kyle Hernandez to give PNC the 3-1 advantage.

After a single by Sickles and a walk from Cody Moskovsky (St. John, Ind./Bishop Noll), Andrew Atchison (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) would plate Sickles to get within one run, 3-2, with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth.

After a wild pitch advanced the runners, senior John Cristo (Munster, Ind./Munster) would rip a 2-RBI single to right to help the Black and Gold recapture the lead, 4-3.

Senior pitcher Phil Madvek (Hobart, Ind./Hobart),who started the game, would finish strong to shut down the Panthers in the final innings to help the Peregrines come away with the win.

Game 2: Peregrines 6, Saint Xavier (Ill.) 3
Eric Sickles gave the Peregrines their first lead of the game, scoring Tyler Crussen (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler) thanks to a sacrifice fly to put the Black and Gold ahead 1-0.

Saint Xavier would even the score in the bottom of the first frame, after a Jim Augle RBI-single knotted the game at 1-1.

The Peregrines would regain the lead in the top half of the second, thanks to an RBI ground-out from Cole Garcia (Anaheim Hills, Calif./Canyon).

The Cougars would answer Purdue Calumet in the third inning, taking back the lead after a Peregrine miscue and a sacrifice fly from Augle gave SXU a 3-2 advantage.

Luke Schmidt (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South) would plate Cody Moskovsky (St. John, Ind./Bishop Noll) in the third inning to even the score at 3 runs apiece.

After an Avondre Harris (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka) walk, Cody Dykema would crush his first home run of the season, giving the lead back to the Peregrines, 5-3, in the fifth inning.

Sophomore Jonny Albers (Waterloo, Ill./Waterloo) would add one more insurance run in the inning, plating Moskovsky on an RBI-single, which would end all the scoring for both squads.

Jimmy Skiff (Dyer, Ind./Andrean) started the game for Purdue Calumet on the mound, pitching three innings while giving up two earned runs.

Freshman pitcher Brett Shoults (Oxford, Ind./Benton Central) would pick up his first career win for the Black and Gold, pitching three scoreless innings of relief while striking out three.

Senior John Cristo (Munster, Ind./Munster) would earn his first save for the Peregrines, pithing a scoreless seventh frame to seal the Peregrines victory.

Purdue Calumet will return to action Monday, Mar. 7, when they face off with Aquinas College for a double-header starting at 9:00 a.m. (CT).