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Boilers look to bounce back against MSU after they dropped 2 of 3 against PSU and dropped a nail bitter against #10 Louisville in 10 inns on Tuesday

Kyle Wood
Kyle Wood

The Boilers dropped the twin bill to Penn State on Saturday afternoon after Friday's game got canceled due to chill weather and high winds. The squad lost both games by one run, 2-1 and 6-5.

Jordan Minch pitched a great gamein Game 1, recording a season high 7 strikeouts but the offense just couldn't get going, only recording one hit but was able to reach base by three errors that PSU recorded.

Gavin Downs struggled in the second game. He only went two innings after giving up a 6 spot in the 2nd inning. The Boilermakers were able to scratch their way back but was not able to pull out the win as we lost 6-5.

Brett Haan got the start on Sunday and was able to pick up his first win of the 2014 campaign. The bullpen was able to come in and do 4 innings of shutout work as the final score was 4-0. It was the first time the Boilermakers shut out a Big Ten opponent since defeating Indiana, 3-0, in the winner's bracket final at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament. Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood each had a pair of hits and an RBI to extend streaks. Krieg has hit safely in a career-best 12 straight games, matching Sean McHugh's streak this year for the longest by a Boiler since 2011. Wood has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. McHugh recorded the first of three consecutive two-outs singles in the bottom of the first to push his reached safely streak to 17 straight games.

Tenth ranked Louisville visited Alexander Field on Tuesday night, and they left with a 3-1 victory in 10 innings. Gavin Downs was handed the ball again after throwing minimal pitches on Saturday's game. Downs worked three clean innings and 7 innings by 6 different bullpen pitchers. Kyle Wood went yard, sending the first pitch of the second inning into the right field bullpen.

The Boilers' (6-22, 2-4 BIG) are traveling to East Lansing this weekend for Big Ten play against Michigan State (18-12, 3-3 BIG). This is the third time in the past four years that the team has traveled to MSU. Michigan State took only one game against OSU in the opening weekend of BIG play. They then traveled to Minnesota and won the series by taking 2 of 3. Last weekend they had a bye weekend and swept the series against visiting Siena.

Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Jordan Minch (So, LHP) vs. MSU's Mick VanVossen (Jr, RHP)
Saturday: Gavin Downs (So, RHP) vs. MSU's Justin Alleman (So, RHP)
Sunday: TBA for Purdue vs. MSU's Cam Vieux (RS-Fr, LHP)

Series History
All-Time: Michigan State leads 77-68
All-Time in East Lansing: Michigan State leads 39-25
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. MSU: Purdue leads 23-16 (Since 1999)
2013 Season: Michigan State won 2-of-3 in East Lansing (April 26-28)
Purdue's Last Series Win: Purdue won 2-of-3 in West Lafayette (April 2012)
Purdue's Last Series Win in East Lansing: Purdue won 2-of-3 (May 2009)
First Meeting: Purdue 6, MSU 3 (May 1949 in West Lafayette)

Big Ten

Overall

Team

Record

Pct.

Record

Pct

1. Indiana

8-1

0.889

19-10

0.655

2. Illinois

5-1

0.833

17-11

0.607

3. Penn State

4-1

0.8

16-14

0.533

4. Nebraska

4-2

0.667

20-14

0.588

5. Minnesota

5-4

0.556

17-11

0.607

6. Michigan St

3-3

0.5

18-12

0.6

7. Michigan

4-5

0.444

14-18-1

0.439

8. Iowa

3-6

0.333

18-12

0.6

Purdue

2-4

0.333

6-22

0.214

10. Ohio State

2-7

0.222

19-14

0.576

11. Northwestern

1-7

0.125

5-22

0.185