Last week was a long week for your Boilermaker softball team. We traveled to Penn State for a double header on Wednesday then made it home for a three game series with #21 Nebraska. Hopefully you were able to watch a part of our games at Penn State on the Big Ten Network. It was a chore just trying to get there. When we fly into State College, it seems like we take the smallest plane possible. It is almost like chartering our own flight because of the 29 seats available, Purdue Softball occupies 25. Little planes do not always handle the crazy spring weather so well. It was a little bit bumpy trying to get through the stormy sky last Tuesday night when we headed from our layover in Washington D.C. over to Pennsylvania. Some of us like the excitement and treated it as a rollercoaster, but others didn’t handle it so well. There were a few squeals of anxiety coming from the back of the plane and a collective sigh of relief when the wheels hit the runway.
Coming home was much less eventful. We took the earliest flight out of State College to come home Thursday morning and made it back to campus just after noon. It was a blessing in disguise having to get up so early for that flight because when more storms came our way that afternoon, all flights into Chicago and Indianapolis were cancelled. Trying to find a way for a group of 25 to make it back home to Indiana would have been a nightmare. We had a 24-hour turnaround to catch up on sleep and be ready to play Nebraska on Friday.
We were hit hard again Friday with the unpredictable weather. We were about to start warming up for the first game of the series and snow-like objects started to fall from the sky. Because the real feel was going to drop below 28 degrees during the game, it was cancelled about 20 minutes before the first pitch was scheduled. Friday’s game was moved to Saturday when it was sunny and still cold, then we rounded out the series on Sunday with a big 6-5 win. We plan to take that momentum we started to build up on Sunday into Wednesday’s home game with Valpo and into the weekend for our Big Ten match up at Northwestern.
After all of our home games, our parents put on a tailgate for the players, friends, and family. We can always count on great food and a lively atmosphere after a hard day’s work at the field. We just want to say thank you to all of those parents who give their time and effort making the magic happen.
Make sure to make it out to the softball field on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when we take on Valparaiso. Also, mark your calendars for our final Big Ten home series coming up against Iowa May 3-5. We are down to seven regular season games left so time is running out to catch a game this season. See you Wednesday!



Each year, there is a Crimson and Gold Cup race which keeps track of all of the competitions between Indiana and Purdue. We can chalk one point up for the Boilers because Purdue Softball just swept the Hoosiers this past weekend and, to tell you the truth, it was about time. Over my four years, this season marks the first complete sweep over IU. What a feeling!
IU did get a new stadium this year, so that was exciting for us to play in. Each time we go somewhere that has a nice stadium or a newly built stadium, we all take mental notes of what we like and do not like. I won’t have the opportunity to play in our new stadium in two years but I still ask Coach Maher to include certain features. For me, I like sunken dugouts, the flag pole in dead centerfield, and REAL DIRT. There is just something about sliding into second base and having to brush yourself off because you are covered in dirt. Growing up, we all played travel ball which would mean playing five or six games in a day. If you were not caked in dirt, you weren’t playing hard enough. My mom would put down towels for me to sit on before I was allowed to get into the car. A lot of collegiate softball programs are moving towards synthetic dirt. It is great for maintenance and it gives the ball a great bounce for slappers. However, when a player slides, she comes up with no dirt on her leg and that just is not softball. Hopefully when our new stadium is built, I will be able to come back and play in an alumni game and need to brush myself off, at least a little.
The plans have already been drawn up for our new field, but what would you like to see most at the new stadium? Tweet @PurdueSoftball or comment below with your suggestions!
This week we are headed east to face Penn State in a midweek double header. We will be live on the Big Ten Network so tune in on Wednesday at 5 and 7 p.m. for a couple of quality games. We will fly out Tuesday afternoon and return midday on Thursday, so it is a quick turnaround for us as we will be preparing for Nebraska this weekend. This week is a very important five-game stretch for Purdue Softball. This weekend we got back to .500 in Big Ten play and we can put ourselves in a very good position with a few more wins starting Wednesday.
You may remember that we played Nebraska early on in the season when we were in the warm weather of Arizona. It was a close game but the Huskers came out on top. It is time for the Boilermaker to make a statement in West Lafayette. We hope to see you there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday marks our Blackout Game, Saturday is Alumni Day/Social Media Day, and Sunday is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.


I woke up this morning and it hit me that I will be celebrating senior day in less than one month.  It is crazy to think back over the past four years and realize what myself and two of my best friends have gone through. It is just ridiculous that our senior year is almost over. After a moment of panic, I realized we still have another month and a half to make it great. 

 We got to play at home this weekend, finally. The results weren’t exactly what we were hoping for, but we learned a little bit about each other and ourselves over the three game series with Michigan State. Going into this week hopefully we can mature a little bit as a group and play great softball. We are at Loyola on Tuesday (this game was rescheduled from earlier in the year) and we have a doubleheader against Ball State on Wednesday here in West Lafayette. This weekend is a big series at Indiana and we have the opportunity to play in their new stadium. We will be headed down to Bloomington to do whatever it takes to bring home three wins.

 Speaking of new stadiums, ours has just been approved by the board and will be completed for the 2015 season. This is extremely exciting for our program as facilities help tremendously with recruiting. I realize I will be long gone and forgotten by then, but I will definitely be back to run the bases on the new field. Thank you to everyone who helped get the project moving forward. 

 This weekend we celebrated Military Appreciation Day, Greek Day, and Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Cancer day is very important to our team as there are many of us who have been affected by all types of cancer over the past several years. The first pitch on Sunday was thrown out by senior mom Karee Petruzzi. She is a 15-year breast cancer survivor, but not so much a softball pitcher.  Apparently she gave all of her talents to her daughters because her first pitch went straight up and straight down. We loved the confidence though when she asked for a second pitch, this one got a little bit closer to the plate but I still think it hit a satellite first. Softball skills aside, congratulations to Karee and all others who have won their battle with cancer.  This week, tweet @PurdueSoftball or comment below with a shoutout to someone in your life who is currently fighting or has won their battle with cancer. 

Sunday night marked the first ever Golden Pete Awards show. The ceremony is an updated version of the Senior Salute that has happened in the past. I must say I did feel pretty special having my picture taken as I walked in on the gold carpet. There were interviews going on to keep the audience entertained before the show and one of the questions was “How did you pick out your outfit for tonight?”  Guys typically just throw something on but girls are more apt to preplanning. There was a lot of talk in the softball locker room about what we were all going to wear, but since I heard about the dress code I knew what I was going with: a black dress with a big red belt and my favorite pair of heels.  My mom picked me up and we went to grab a bite to eat real quickly before the show. Note to self: when wearing nice clothes, do not operate the ketchup bottle. When I took of the cap, the ketchup exploded all over my dress and in my hair. Needless to say, I was not showing up the first Golden Pete Awards show with ketchup as an accessory. My mom and I ran back to my house so I could change, and I think I tried on three more dresses before finding a suitable replacement. Everything was fine after that and no one knew a thing. It was when I was onstage that I realized the ketchup had made my hair hard and my fingers got stuck as I tried to nonchalantly put my hair behind my ears. 

The Golden Petes show was a great experience overall and I definitely hope it grows into a big-time tradition. Congratulations to both Ariel Turner and Robert Maci for winning the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor as you both rightly deserve the award. To my fellow seniors, congratulations on surviving the rigorous workouts, the long road trips, and the hours of practice coupled with the endless amount of homework. It is a bittersweet feeling but the next chapter of our lives is about to start, and promises a lot of excitement. Lucky for those of us in spring sports, we get to keep playing!



I am supposed to be writing to you about our first home games but then… Mother Nature strikes again! Our team faced a little bit of adversity this past weekend when we moved the series against Ohio State to Columbus, because white snow still covered our playing turf. We got the news Wednesday night so we rushed to get our academics in order for the rest of the week and got on the bus at 9:30 Friday morning. We ate lunch then headed straight to the field for a Friday night game against the Buckeyes. Our bats made strong appearances in the first two games this weekend and we ended up taking two out of three of the games. We had the opportunity to sweep but could not get the nail in the coffin on Sunday. We handled the adversity well, but we are ready for next weekend when (keep your fingers crossed) we get to play on our own home field.

We have an Easter weekend tradition where the parents put together baskets for us to have each year on Easter Sunday. We always look forward to them and they never disappoint. This year’s basket included candy, nail polish, socks, and of course, a solid chocolate bunny, as well as much more. Shout out to our fantastic parents who always do a superb job putting them together. The trading that happens once the baskets are on the bus is like the NFL offseason: everyone goes after what they want. I will pretty much give you anything for a chocolate bunny. Many of us participate in Lent and give up some sort of sweet treat, so diving into the Easter basket on the ride home is more than satisfying. Tweet @PurdueSoftball with your favorite treat to indulge in, especially on Easter.

This week we have IUPUI on our plate for Wednesday. We travel to Indy for a doubleheader, so if there are any Purdue Softball fans in the area, we would love to have you at the games. Next weekend, we take on Michigan State here in West Lafayette and we have a great opportunity to win us a few ball games. We are looking forward to our first tailgate of the year and we are itching to get on our own dirt. Prayers for softball weather would be appreciated (anything above 50 degrees as long as it’s sunny). Come out next weekend to watch us take on the Spartans from East Lansing, but first keep track of our games through Twitter or on Wednesday.