WEST LAFAYETTE – Looking back, looking ahead at the latest Purdue sports news and results:
Women’s golf: The Boilermakers begin their quest to reach the NCAA Championships at the Stanford Regional. The 12-team field will play 54 holes of stroke play at the Stanford Golf Club through Wednesday with the top four teams advancing to Scottsdale, Arizona on May 20-25. Stanford is the region’s No. 1 seed, followed by Southern California, Louisiana State, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Iowa State, Northwestern, Purdue, UNLV, Cal Poly, Princeton and Sacred Heart. Last week, junior Kan Bunnabodee was named first-team All-Big Ten and senior Inez Wanamarta earned second-team honors. The Boilermakers have reached the regional for the seventh straight time and for the 24th time in the last 25 tournaments. Purdue is seeking its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2019.
REAL-TIME RESULTS: Stanford Regional
Softball: The Boilermakers wrapped up the No. 11 seed in this week’s Big Ten tournament after beating Iowa 4-3 in eight innings in Iowa City. Freshman Tyrina Jones drove in all four runs with a three-run homer in the first and an RBI double in the top of the eighth. Rachel Becker also had two hits for the Boilermakers (24-30, 7-15), who take on No. 6 seed Ohio State in Wednesday’s conference tournament at Michigan State.
Baseball: The Hawkeyes took two out of three from the Boilermakers after the 9-1 victory in Iowa City. Purdue (26-16) is in eighth place in the Big Ten standings with a 7-9 record with six conference games left. Mike Bolton Jr. provided the only run with a solo homer in the top of the seventh. He also had a double.
Baseball: CJ Valdez drove in five runs for the second time this season helping power the Boilermakers to a 10-6 victory at Iowa. Valdez had a double and a single as Purdue built a 6-0 lead and added a two-run single to stretch the margin to 9-4 in the top of the eight. Seeger graduate Khal Stephen struck out the bottom of the order with runners on second and third in the sixth inning. Stephen retired eight consecutive batters over 2 2/3 innings, striking out six of the 13 batters he faced. Troy Viola and Ryan Howe each added two hits.
Softball: The Hawkeyes scored seven times in the bottom of the fourth to erase a one-run deficit and post a 9-3 victory over the Boilermakers. Purdue led 3-2 thanks to Rachel Becker’s RBI double in the top of the third.
Softball: Jade Moy drove in three runs, including a two-run double, to lead the Boilermakers past Iowa 5-1 in the series opener. Rachel Becker had three hits and scored twice. Alex Echazarreta picked up the win after pitching 5 1/3 innings and striking out four.
Baseball: The Hawkeyes used a five-run third inning and held off a late charge by the Boilermakers to a post 5-2 win in the series opener. Troy Viola’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth avoided the shutout by starter Adam Mazur, who lasted 8 2/3 innings. He didn’t record his first strikeout until the second out of the sixth inning. The first 19 Boilermakers to bat all put the ball in play. Mazur finished with three strikeouts and did not issue a walk while throwing 96 pitches.
Men’s golf: Two current Boilermakers, one former standout and one incoming prospect have earned spots in the final qualifying round for the 122nd U.S. Open Championship after advancing out of local qualifying tournaments. Andrew Farraye and Joe Weiler both fired 3-under-par 69s at Old Oakland Golf Club in Indianapolis and tied for fourth. Incoming freshman Benjamin Cai was also fourth after shooting a 6-under 66 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Florida. Brian Carlson, a 2018 graduate, made it to the final round after winning medalist honors at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. Carlson finished with a 4-under-par 68. The final qualifying rounds are scheduled to be played in June.
Men’s golf: Herman Sekne and Joe Weiler earned All-Big Ten first-team honors and Cole Bradley was named to the second-team. Sekne was a unanimous selection to the first team. It marks the first time since 1981 that three Purdue players have earned All-Big Ten honors and the first time since 2000 that two Boilermakers were named to the first team. The Boilermakers return to action on May 16 at the NCAA Regional in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Purdue is the No. 5 seed.
Women’s golf: Tuesday, Wednesday at NCAA Stanford Regional
Baseball: Tuesday vs. Butler, 6 p.m; Friday at Northwestern, 4:30 p.m; Saturday at Northwestern, 3 p.m; Sunday at Northwestern, 2 p.m.
Softball: Wednesday vs. Ohio State, 1:30 p.m. (Big Ten tournament, East Lansing); Thursday vs. Illinois, 1:30 p.m. (if Purdue wins). Semifinals are Friday and the championship game is Saturday.
Track & Field: Friday-Sunday at Big Ten Championships (Minneapolis).