We knew it was going to be a tough challenge for Purdue baseball this weekend in Minneapolis against Big Ten leading Minnesota, but we’re now bordering on the absurd. Purdue was leading tonight 5-2 entering the bottom of the 7th inning thanks to four errors, four wild pitches, and the excellent bunting of Milo Beam.
Then, a transformer blew outside the ballpark.
This caused a power outage, suspending tonight’s game until tomorrow. It will be concluded at 1pm on BTN. Then, because of rain int he forecast for Saturday, games 2 and three will be picked up as a doubleheader immediately after.
Yes, supposed to rain all day Saturday here in Twin Cities. Both teams want to make sure they play all 3 games. Flight home Saturday night https://t.co/2P55mhswDx— Purdue Baseball (@PurdueBaseball) May 19, 2017
So yes, Purdue has a very long day ahead tomorrow, but so does Minnesota, as they are battling for the conference title.
Both Michigan State and Northwestern won tonight, so Purdue MUST win at least once tomorrow to stay alive for the Big Ten Tournament. Assuming Purdue wins once, it then needs either two wins, two Michigan State losses, or a win and a Michigan State loss to Michigan to assure it makes the tournament.
The good news is Purdue is leading 5-2 in game one and needs nine outs to finish up, but all the momentum it had going into the 7th is now killed. Purdue scored all 5 runs tonight without a ball elaving hte infield thanks to errors, wild pitches and three perfectly placed bunts by Beam. Tanner Andrews also gave up just 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 solid innings.