October 23, 2014

NU softball preview at Purdue

The 18th-ranked Nebraska softball team wraps up a stretch of 11 consecutive Big Ten Conference games with a three-game series against Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., this weekend. The teams open their series at 3 p.m. (Central) on Friday, before facing off at Noon (Central) on Saturday and 10 a.m. (Central) on Sunday.

The Boilermakers are in eighth place in the Big Ten Conference standings with a 7-7 league record, 20-23 overall. Purdue has won four of its last five conference games, all by at least four runs. Since a Big Ten-opening sweep at undefeated Michigan, Purdue has gone 7-4, with the four losses in that stretch coming by a combined eight runs, including two one-run losses and a two-run loss in extra innings.

Purdue is batting, in conference play, .283 and averaging 5.4 runs per game. Andie Varsho leads the team and ranks fifth in the Big Ten with a .436 batting average. She has added 10 doubles, two triples and three home runs while producing 34 RBIs. Varsho also leads in the league with 25 stolen bases.

Purdue boasts a 3.02 staff ERA, while allowing an average of 3.4 runs per game. The Boilermakers have primarily relied on the duo of Lilly Fecho and Lexy Moore, often relying on both pitchers to appear in the same game. Fecho, the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, is 8-13 with a 2.69 ERA in 130.1 innings. Moore is 8-9 with a 3.62 ERA in 112.0 innings and opponents are hitting .274 against her.