On Friday, No. 11 seed Purdue softball fell to No. 3 Minnesota in a hard fought and competitive 4-3 loss.
After a two and a half hour rain delay, the Boilers wasted no time with freshman Rachel Becker putting up the first run of the night off a Mallory Baker single in the top of the first. A few plays later, a wild pitch allowed freshman Becca Jones to put the Boilers up 2-0.
The Scarlet Knights struck back with some run of its own in the bottom of the third. Rutgers then took its first lead after four singles allowed them to score three runs and make it 3-2 for the night, which lead to a Purdue pitching change with senior Kaitlynn Moody stepping into the circle.
With runner on first and third, the Boilers scored the final two runs of the night in the top of the fifth as Baker's hit to left field allowed both runners to make it home. Purdue finished the night with a 4-3 win over Rutgers.
Purdue softball will play No. 3 seed Minnesota in the quarterfinals tonight at 7 p.m.