This weekend the pitching was there for Purdue, but a lack of hitting continued to plague our baseball Boilers as they fell to 3-10 on the season by dropping 2 of three in the Millard Management Classic at the University of Kansas.
St. Louis 3, Purdue 2
Purdue's pitching was probably the best it has been all season. Tanner Andrews retired the first nine batters of the game, but got into trouble in the fourth with a pair of leadoff singles and by hitting a batter. A bases loaded walk, a fielder's choice, and an error led to all three runs, and Purdue would only give up two hits the rest of the way.
From there, Purdue's struggles continued at the plate. In the fifth the Boilers had three singles, but left the bases loaded without scoring a run. Purdue managed to plate a run in the ninth to make it 3-2, but left the tying run on third when leading hitter Jack Picchiotti grounded out.
Shane Bryant did an excellent job in relief, striking out 6 in 3 1/3 while giving up just one hit.
Purdue 5, North Dakota 0
Mike Lutz gave up five hits in five innings and Matt Frawley earned a four inning save by giving up only three hits as Purdue pitched its first shutout of the season. Kyle Johnson added a two-run home run in the fifth, his fourth homer of the season, but Purdue managed just seven hits. They were able to score two additional runs due to three North Dakota errors.
Kansas 8, Purdue 1
In the second game on Saturday Purdue took on host Kansas and managed just seven hits in the 8-1 loss. Purdue fell behind early when Nick Dalesandro gave up two runs in the bottom of the first. The Kansas leadoff hitter walked, stole second, went to third on an error, and scored on a single to put Purdue down 1-0 before even recording an out.
Purdue's only run was scored in the top of the fourth when Kyle Wood hit his fourth home run of the season. That cut the score to 3-1, but the Boilers gave up two runs in the bottom of the inning, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth.
Purdue will play its first games in the state of Indiana this coming weekend as they take on Ohio in a three-game series at Kokomo's Municipal Stadium. The FieldTurf field there allows for and earlier pseudo-home date, so it could be a regular feature coming up. The Boilers play at 6pm Friday, 2pm Saturday, and 1pm Sunday.