BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue baseball had at least one base runner in seven of the nine innings, but only had two advance as far as third in a 6-0 series-opening loss at No. 11 Indiana that snapped the Boilermakers’ seven-game win streak in the series.
The Hoosiers (30-12, 14-2 Big Ten) scored three times on four hits in the first inning to win its sixth consecutive series opener in Big Ten play this season. Starting pitcher Joey DeNato (10-1) earned his 34th career victory with seven innings of five-hit ball, striking out seven.
Purdue (12-30, 5-11 Big Ten) had its leadoff man reach base safely in five of the first six innings. But DeNato picked off that runner in the first and third innings, Kyle Wood hit into a 4-6-3 double play for the first two outs of the top of the sixth and the Boilers left eight runners on base on the night.
Purdue hitters also flew out to the warning track in left field to end the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Two men were aboard with the score 5-0 when Brad Hartong made a leaping catch on a deep fly ball off the bat of Brandon Krieg to finish the top of the fifth. Kyle Johnson flew out to deep left center to end the fourth and sixth innings.
Jeff Evak singled twice and reached safely on an error as the only Boiler with multiple hits. Sean McHugh and Krieg both singled and walked on the night. Wood drew a walk in his first plate appearance to extend his reached base safely streak to 23 consecutive games. Krieg’s same streak is now at 11 straight games.
Casey Rodrigue and Kyle Schwarber were a combined 7-for-9 with three runs scored at the top of the Indiana lineup. Hartong drove in a run with a hit in each of his first two at-bats, posting his sixth straight multi-hit game.
All 15 batters starter Connor Podkul (0-4) faced put the ball in play. A pair of doubles and a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the first gave the home team its early lead. An RBI double from Hartong in the fourth chased Podkul.
Mike Lutz worked three innings of scoreless relief in his Big Ten-leading 26th appearance of the season before giving up a run in the seventh. Tim McElroy and Joe Eichmann each struck out a pair in a scoreless inning of relief. It marked the seventh time this season that the Boilers’ three primary relievers all pitched in the same game.
Purdue turned a pair of double plays to push its league-leading total to 44.
Though the two rivals had not played since the 2012 Big Ten Tournament, the Boilers had not lost to IU since the middle game of a 2010 series in Bloomington.
Game two of the series is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.