Payton Lincavage hit a homer for Rutgers in a 8-2 loss to Purdue, May 1, 2022.

The Rutgers Softball team faces what is likely a decisive regular season series finale next weekend against Michigan State, as it tires to find a way into the Big Ten Tournament. The Scarlet Knights fell to Purdue 8-2 on Sunday, as the Boilermakers took two of three from Rutgers.

Rutgers is now 25-28 on the season, 3-17 in Big Ten action.

Rutgers fell behind early when Rachel Becker cracked a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Jade Moy followed with a solo homerun of her own to put Purdue up 2-0.

The Boilermakers later scratched out four more runs in the bottom of the second inning to extend their lead to 6-0. Alex Echazarreta had the back-breaker with a three-run double with two out in the inning.

Rutgers’ Payton Lincavage hit her fourth homer of the season, a solo shot, in the fifth inning to get RU on the scoreboard. Maddie Lawson added an RBI single in the seventh to close out the scoring for Rutgers.

Ashley Hitchcock got the start, allowing two runs over two innings of work. Jaden Vickers gave up six runs, five earned over four innings.