WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – Brandon Krieg delivered a game-winning single in the 10th inning to cap a 4-for-4 day as Purdue baseball posted its first walk-off win at Alexander Field, defeating Butler, 5-4, Tuesday afternoon.
Head coach Doug Schreiber earned his 450th career win Tuesday. And while it was the Boilers’ second extra-inning win in the last five days and fifth extended affair of the season, it was Purdue’s first walk-off victory since May 2012 vs. Indiana State in the final game at Lambert Field.
The Boilermakers (8-24) completed a three-game season series sweep of Butler (14-21). With Purdue having won games against the Bulldogs in Birmingham, Ala., Indianapolis and West Lafayette, it’s believed to be the first time in program history the Boilers have defeated an opponent in three different locations in the same season.
Krieg reached base safely in each of his six plate appearances after drawing a walk in the fifth inning and getting hit by a pitch in the seventh. Krieg’s four singles gave the junior his second career four-hit game and first such showing by a Boiler this season. Krieg plated Jeff Evak with an opposite-field hit with runners on the corners and one out in the bottom of the 10th after he initially tried for squeeze bunt.
Conner Hudnall connected for a solo home run into the right field bullpen in the fourth inning, giving Purdue a 4-3 lead. It was his second homer of the second, fourth as a Boilermaker and first at Alexander Field.
Purdue left the bases loaded in three consecutive innings late in the game en route to stranding 11 runners on the day. Butler tied the game in the top of the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Quincy Quintero, taking advantage of the additional out in the frame following a wild pitch on strike three to the third batter of the inning.
Adam Dressler worked five innings of one-run ball in his second successful outing of the season vs. Butler. The freshman retired 10 of 11 hitters from the third through seventh innings. He induced a 4-6-3 double play from the first batter he faced after entering the game with the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning. Dressler did not issue a walk in the 10 innings of two-run ball he pitched against Butler this year.
Joe Eichmann (1-1) earned his first career victory with 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief. The only batters that reached base safely while he was on the mound were on the dropped third strike and a two-out error in the top of the 10th. Eichmann did not give up a hit in five innings of relief against Butler this year.
Cody Strong started the 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded in the third inning after making a diving stop near the second base bag. Purdue also turned an inning-ending 4-6-3 twin killing to erase a one-out single in the fifth inning. Jack Picchiotti threw out two base stealers, including a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play to end the top of the seventh with runners on first and second base.
Hudnall made an impressive diving catch in right field to take away an extra-base hit from Alex Horowitz to begin the top of the fifth.
Evak’s two-run triple in the bottom of the second gave the Boilers their first lead of the day. With Kyle Wood and Mike Gaglianese aboard, Evak hit a fly ball down the right field line that Nick Bartolone appeared to lose in the sun. After Purdue’s first triple of the season didn’t come until game No. 30, the Boilers have had a two-run triple in two of the last three games.
Wood singled, was hit by a pitch and intentionally walked Tuesday, extending his reached base safely streak to 18 consecutive games to match Sean McHugh for the longest such streak on team this season.
The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they begin a three-game Big Ten series against Michigan with the series opener at 6:30 p.m.