WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – Purdue baseball scored three two-out runs early in the game and Brett Haan worked the first five scoreless innings in a combined-shutout effort, as the Boilermakers salvaged the finale of the Penn State series with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.
Purdue (6-21, 2-4 Big Ten) posted its first shutout since blanking Illinois-Chicago at Alexander Field on April 20 of last season. It was the Boilers’ first shutout of a Big Ten opponent since defeating Indiana, 3-0, in the winner’s bracket final at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood each had a pair of hits and an RBI to extend streaks. Krieg has hit safely in a career-best 12 straight games, matching Sean McHugh’s streak this year for the longest by a Boiler since 2011. Wood has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. McHugh recorded the first of three consecutive two-outs singles in the bottom of the first to push his reached safely streak to 17 straight games.
Haan (1-0) picked up his first win as a Boilermaker by pitching over the six singles he surrendered over five innings. He issued only one walk and induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play ball in the second inning.
Mike Lutz retired the first five batters he faced en route to working three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season. Pitching for the third consecutive game, Joe Eichmann retired both batters he faced with two men aboard in the sixth inning. The junior retired all 12 batters he faced in the series and has now allowed only three of 25 inherited base runners to score this year.