Sorry this is late, but I was laid up at home yesterday with a surprise case of strep throat and pretty much couldn't move. I likely picked it up in Kokomo on Saturday when I went to see Purdue take on Ohio in baseball at the new Kokomo Municipal Stadium. The stadium itself is still under construction, with many of the amenities still being worked on a year after the field itself opened. The Field Turf field allowed Purdue play its first three "home" games of the year, however.
Ohio 6, Purdue 4
This was the common theme for Purdue this year. They regularly got guys on base, but could not bring them home. The Boilers left 12 runners on base,including the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Purdue led 2-0 after one inning thanks to an RBI double from Kyle Johnson and an RBI single from Kyle Wood. The lead was short lived, however, as Ohio got two back in the top of the second.
Ohio got single runs in the fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth, while Purdue managed single runs in the sixth and seventh. In the ninth Jack Picchiotti led off with a single before Johnson struck out. Duncan McKinnon walked, then Wood singles to load the bases with one out. Unfortunately, a pair of foul outs ended the game.
Purdue 5, Ohio 4 15 innings
This looked like it was going to be another loss after Ohio went in front 4-1 through five innings, but the Purdue bullpen provided 10 shutout innings from there. Matt Frawley was excellent in relief. He went 7 innings, giving up an earned run in the fifth and that is it. Alex Lyons earned the win with four scoreless innings.
Purdue got two runs back with two outs in the seventh thanks to a bases loaded single from Picchiotti and a bases loaded single from Johnson. Wood then tied the game with a solo home run in the eighth. From there the teams did not score until Nick Dalesandro reached on a two-out single in the 15th and went to third on an error. Alex Olund then delivered a bunt single to drive home Dalesandro for the winning run.
Ohio 9, Purdue 2
Wood homered for his sixth longball of the season, all in the last nine games, but little else went right for Purdue. Tanner Schumacher lasted a third of an inning as the starter, giving up four earned run as Purdue was out of it early. Purdue was down 7-0 before getting a run in the sixth and Wood's homer in the 7th.
This coming week marks the beginning of conference play and the official home opener as well. Purdue plays at Ball State this afternoon at 3pm, then hosts No. 9 Louisville on Wednesday night for the first game at Alexander Field this season. Nebraska then comes to town for the first conference series of the year on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.