Little Rock got us again.
Purdue baseball headed down to Arkansas for a three-game baseball series and, unfortuantely, the offense was only there for one game.
Friday: Purdue 6, Little Rock 4
Tanner Andrews, the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, was not quite as good as he was in the season opener, but he was good enough to move to 2-0 and match his win total from last season. He gave uo 9 hits and four runs over five and a third innings with only four strikeouts. With a 6-2 lead in the sixth he was tagged for a pair of runs, but Dalton Parker came in and slammed hte door shut.
Parker, a freshman from St. Joseph, IL, made an audition to move into the starting rotation. Last week he threw five innings of scoreless relief to earn a win agaisnt Texas State. Friday he threw three and a third innings of shutout ball, giving up only two hits, to earn his first career save.
Jacson McGowan added another RBI and Mike Madej had two in the victory. Purdue scored four runs in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie. It was a one out, two run double by Madej that broke the inning open.
Saturday: Little Rock 2, Purdue 0
Gareth Stroh was good, but Little Rock’s Cory Malcolm was better. Stroh gave up 1 run on seven hits over six strong innings, but that was enough against Malcolm. Malcolm gave up five hits, but got out of a two on, no out situation in the third with no damage and cruised the rest of the way. Little Rock got a run in the fifth after a leadoff double and added an insurance run in the seventh. Joe Corbett struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
Sunday: Little Rock 13, Purdue 0
Purdue had as many hits as errors in a pretty bad Sunday afternoon game. Tanner Schimacher was hit for nine hits and four earned runs in five innings, then the bullpen was digned up in the 7th and 8th. Purdue managed only three hits, all of them singles and vastly spread out.
Purdue now sits at 3-4 on the season and heads to Southeast Missouri State for a three game set next weekend.