SB Travels to Northwestern
April 20, 2017

Purdue at Northwestern
Friday, April 21 / 5 p.m. ET
Sharon J. Drysdale Field / Evanston, Illinois
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Purdue at Northwestern
Saturday, April 22 / 2 p.m. ET
Sharon J. Drysdale Field / Evanston, Illinois
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Purdue at Northwestern
Sunday, April 23 / 1 p.m. ET
Sharon J. Drysdale Field / Evanston, Illinois
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue (17-29, 6-8 B1G) hits the road this weekend to take on Northwestern (17-23, 4-9 B1G) at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in Evanston, Illinois. The series begins on Friday, April 21 at 5 p.m. ET.

The Wildcats have struggled in Big Ten play this year, however, three of the four conference series' they have played have come against ranked opponents. Northwestern began the year taking one-of-three games against #22 Wisconsin before being swept by #20 Michigan and #6 Minnesota.

Kaitlynn Moody will look to silence Northwestern's bats after an impressive weekend in the circle against Wisconsin. The sophomore threw 10.2 innings, allowing just one unearned run while striking out seven Badgers.

Mallory Baker and Alexa Binckes provided run support for Purdue's pitching staff over the weekend as they combined for nine hits in 15 at-bats, four runs scored and four runs batted in. Binckes swung a hot bat all week as she has registered a hit in each of her last six games, dating back to the series finale against Illinois on April 9. Over that span she is hitting .500 with six hits in 12 at-bats and has reached base safely 12 of her 18 trips to the plate, giving her a .667 on-base percentage.

Baker's hitting streak was clipped at 15 games in game one of the doubleheader with Indiana, however, the sophomore has tallied a hit in each of her last four games with seven hits in 13 at-bats. With that, she has a hit in 19 of her last 20 games, boosting her average to .400 on the season. Baker continues to be one of the toughest hitters to strike out in the country as she has not been set down on strikes since February 24, giving her 102-straight at-bats without a strikeout.

Kristen Hoppman has also seen the ball well of late, as he has a hit in 11 of her last 13 games. In Purdue's five Big Ten road games the senior shortstop has seven hits in 16 at-bats, giving her a .438 batting average on the road in conference play. In fact, Hoppman has a hit in nine of her last 10 Big Ten contests, giving her 11 hits in 30 at-bats and a .367 batting average in that stretch.

SERIES RECORDS
Purdue vs. Northwestern: Northwestern leads 34-15
Home: Northwestern leads 13-7
Away: Northwestern leads 17-8
Neutral: Northwestern leads 0-4
Streak: Northwestern has won 13 in a row

 

 

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