TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – Indiana State scored six times in the second inning to build an early lead and Purdue baseball had multiple base runners in an inning only twice on the night, leading to a 10-3 final in favor of the Sycamores Tuesday evening.
The first seven batters of the bottom of the second reached base safely for ISU (26-12). It marked the ninth time this season an opponent has scored six-plus runs against the Boilermakers (9-27) in an inning. Starter Brett Haan (1-3) hit the first two batters of the frame with the first two pitches he threw. Two singles and two walks kept the line moving and led to the extended rally.
Purdue loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth and eighth innings, but ended up hitting into double plays to cut short both rallies. Those turned out to be the only innings in which the Boilers had multiple base runners, as they were limited to just five hits by ISU pitchers Tyler Lunsford and Nick Kolarik. Lunsford didn’t give up a hit until the fifth inning. Kolarik (4-1) retired seven consecutive batters beginning with an inning-ending double play with runners on the corners in the top of the fifth.
Adam Dressler allowed three inherited runners to score in the second inning, but was able to put up a couple zeroes in the subsequent frames while retiring nine of 10 hitters from the second through the fifth. Matt Frawley worked a hitless eighth inning.
Jacob Hayes’ two-run single with the bases loaded was the big hit of the second inning. It came on the heels of bases-loaded walk that forced in the third run of the rally. Hayes finished the night 3-for-5. Indiana State’s No. 8 and 9 hitters were a combined 5-for-10 with three RBI and three runs scored.
Jeff Evak was the lone Boilermaker to finish with multiple hits, highlighted by an RBI single off the glove of a diving first baseman with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Steve Maniago picked up an RBI when he was able to stay out of a double play on a grounder to second base. But Brandon Krieg wasn’t as fortunate on the ensuing comebacker.
Evak had a bunt single to lead off the top of the eighth. After a hit-and-run single for Maniago and a walk to Krieg, Purdue again had the bases loaded in a 10-2 game. Cody Strong hit into a 6-4-3 double play after ISU shortstop Tyler Wampler made a nice sliding play on a ball hit near the second base bag.
Ted Snidanko walked and scored in the fifth inning and doubled in the top of the ninth for his first extra-base hit as a Boilermaker.
Purdue returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Illinois-Chicago at 5 p.m.