Purdue Fort Wayne’s Softball Team Falls in a Close Contest with Butler

By Gavin Greer

Purdue Fort Wayne’s softball team fell 4-5 tonight against Butler in a close contest that was decided in the final inning. This game was PFW’s home opener.

The game started with Butler taking a 0-3 lead over PFW as Kennedy Peckinpaugh allowed three runs in the 1st inning before being replaced by Grace Brinkerhoff.

Peckingpaugh ended the day with an ERA of 31.50. This moves her ERA on the season to 27.00.

PFW eventually got on the score board in the 4th inning as they scored two runs. They doubled their score in the 5th inning taking a 4-3 lead over Butler.

PFW’s Alyson Quinlan took over pitching in the 6th inning. She ended up getting the loss as she allowed two runs in the 7th which made the final score 4-5.

Butler’s Rylyn Dyer was credited with the win and Sydney Cammon got the save.

PFW’s Brooke Wintlend was the team’s best batter today as she went 2/3 with one of the hits being a home run. She scored one run herself and drove in two RBI’s.

With the win, Butler moves to 8-18 on the season. Their next matchup will be Friday against St. John’s. This will be the first of a three game series.

With the loss, PFW falls to 5-16 on the season. Their next games will be March 21st against Youngstown State as the two teams will play a double header.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s Softball Team Wins One Game In Weekend Tournament.

By Gavin Greer

Over the weekend Purdue Fort Wayne’s softball team competed in the 2023 Aces Home Tournament #2. From Friday to today the team played five games in the tournament. Out of the five, they came away only winning one matchup.

The team played two games on Friday, two games on Saturday and one game today.

The Mastodons first game of the tournament was against Bowling Green. This was their only win of the tournament as they won 3-2. Pitcher Alanah Jones picked up her third win of the season. She pitched all seven innings totaling five strikeouts. Taryn Jenkins was PFW’s best batter as she went 1/2 batting picking up a run and a walk.

In PFW’s second game on Friday they lost 2-3 to Evansville. PFW’s pitchers did well, but the Mastodons were not able to outbat the Aces. Bailey Manos was PFW’s best batter as she was the only player to get a hit. Grace Hollopeter and Jenkins reached base on walks.

PFW’s first game on Saturday ended in a 2-5 loss to St. Thomas. PFW did better batting in this game as they had six hits. Unfortunately these hits did not result in scores, so PFW was not able to stay in the game.

In their second game on Saturday PFW lost in extra innings to Evansville 4-5. PFW had the lead in the 8th inning but allowed two runs to lose the game. Hollopeter went 2/5, scored one run and totaled one RBI.

Today PFW played their last game of the tournament against St. Thomas. This game was thei biggest loss of the weekend as they fell 1-5. PFW struggled at the plate. Their best batter was Hollopeter. She batted 1/3 and scored one run.

Following the completion of the tournament, PFW sits at 4-12 on the season. They will have a chance to improve this record next weekend as they travel to Bloomington to play in the Hoosier Classic.

PFW will face off against four opponents from Mar. 3 to Mar. 4. They will play Green Bay, IU, and Wisconsin. The matchup against Wisconsin will be a double header.

Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Softball Team Gets Three Wins During the Bob Heck Classic

By Gavin Greer

Purdue Fort Wayne women’s baseball team took part in the Bob Heck Classic in Georgia this weekend. From Friday to Sunday PFW played five games. On Friday they played Rhode Island and Georgia State, Saturday they played Eastern Kentucky and Rhode Island and finally on Sunday they played Georgia State again.

In the first game of the Classic, PFW picked up their first win of the season. This win came on Friday in a 6-1 victory over Rhode Island. Grace Hollopeter was the star of this game. She went 2/3 batting, hitting two homeruns and getting four RBIs. Pitcher Alanah Jones threw seven strikeouts and added a home run for PFW.

The second game PFW played Friday ended in a 5-6 loss to Georgia State. Hollopeter and Jones stayed hot as they both hit a home run.

On Saturday PFW picked up two more wins. The first came against Eastern Kentucky. The Mastodons won this game 2-1. Jones continued her success in the Classic as she pitched again, and this time tallied five strike outs. She also added to her homerun total as she went yard again.

Then later in the day PFW beat Rhode Island again, this time 12-3. Taryn Jenkins was the star of this game as she batted 2/3, hit two home runs and gathered five RBIs. Hollopeter also added a home run.

On the final day of the Classic, PFW had a rematch with Georgia State. This time PFW lost 6-7. Jenkins was the star again as she batted 2/3 and had two RBIs. While PFW batted well in this matchup, the defense allowed too many runs.

The Mastodons performance in this Classic should hopefully boost the team’s morale as they saw a lot of improvement at the plate. Going into the classic the team had only 16 hits and one run through six games. The team has hopefully found their stride and will continue playing well.

PFW will kick off their play in the Evansville’s 2023 Aces Home Tournament #2 on Friday. They will play their first game of the tournament at 10 a.m. versus Bowling Green. Later in the day at 12:30 p.m., they will play the host Evansville.

PFW is now 3-8 on the season. The team will look to improve this record as they will have five games in this tournament next weekend.