It was not a good weekend for Purdue, specifically its bullpen. The Boilermakers fell to 2-8 on the season after dropping 3 of 4 at east Tennessee State, and all three losses were very winnable games.
ETSU started the series with a 4-2 thanks to 10 runners left on base by Purdue. A Purdue runner reached base in eight of nine innings, including Harry Shipley reaching in all four plate appearances. All told, Purdue was 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Kyle Johnson added a solo home run, but two fifth inning runs and an insurance run in the 8th led to the loss for Tanner Andrews, who threw seven solid innings.
Purdue's bats finally came alive in game 1 of the doubleheader, as the Boilers crushed ETSU 19-6. The 19 runs scored was more than the Boilers had in the first seven games of the season combined. ETSU took an early 4-1 lead after two innings, chasing starter Nick Dalesandro, but Purdue tied in in the top of the third thanks to a two-run double by Dalesandro (he stayed in as DH). Purdue then exploded for four in the fourth and six in the 7th. Johnson hit two more home runs, including a grand slam. Kyle Wood also had a home run. Johnson drove in six runs in the victory as Matt Frawley took the win in 7 2/3 innings of excellent relief.
In game two it was Wood's turn to go deep again, as he had a pair of home runs in helping Purdue take a 7-3 lead into the seventh. An insurance run in the top of the ninth had Purdue in front 8-6, but Aaron Maher hit a walk-off three-run homer in the ninth. Starter Gavin Downs had another rough outing, giving up three earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings pitched.
In the fourth and final game of the weekend Purdue was in good shape up 2-0 going into the bottom of the sixth. Mike Lutz was doing very well, giving up just one hit in the first five innings, but two runs in the 6th and three each in the 7th and 8th led to an 8-2 loss. Purdue had two outs and no one on base in both the sixth and seventh before ETSU ended up scoring five total runs. The back-breaker was a pinch-hit three-run homer with two outs in the seventh.
Purdue heads to Lawrence, Kansas this coming weekend to play in the Millard Management Classic, where it will play St. Louis (3-8), North Dakota (2-4) and Kansas (3-7).