BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – No. 11 Indiana put up seven runs while scoring in four consecutive innings during the middle of the game, defeating Purdue baseball, 7-3, Saturday afternoon to take the series.
The Boilermakers (12-31, 5-12 Big Ten) had the bases loaded with one out in the top of the first when Kyle Johnson lined into an inning-ending double play. Purdue had only one run base runner over the next four frames and didn’t record its first hit against IU starter Christian Morris until Sean McHugh delivered an RBI single in the sixth inning.
The Hoosiers (31-12, 15-2 Big Ten) racked up nine of their 11 hits while scoring their seven runs from the third through sixth innings. A pair of leadoff walks led to runs during that stretch. Indiana also manufactured runs with a two-out RBI bunt single and a double steal with runners on the corners.
Morris (3-3) hit Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood with pitches and walked McHugh in the top of the first to load the bases. He went 2-0 on Johnson before the center fielder hit a line drive near the second base bag that Nick Ramos was in position to catch. McHugh froze on the line drive but was still unable to get back to second base before being doubled off. Morris regrouped and retired 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. He was lifted despite having not reached the 80-pitch threshold with one out in the sixth.
Indiana cleanup hitter Scott Donley drove in runs with a two-out double in the third and two-out single in the sixth. Ramos delivered an RBI single in the fourth and ignited a three-run rally in the sixth with a leadoff hit. Purdue intentionally walked Kyle Schwarber to load the bases with one out in the sixth inning and brought in Joe Eichmann to face Sam Travis. The Indiana first baseman singled up the middle to blow the game open at 6-1.
Matt Gibbs gave up an RBI single on the first pitch he threw but came back and retired the next seven batters he faced. Starter Jordan Minch (1-6) did not have a clean inning while working 5 1/3 innings of six-run ball, striking out four and walking four.
Consecutive doubles from Kyle Wood and Kyle Johnson led to a pair of runs for the Boilermakers in the ninth inning. Johnson also threw out Schwarber at third base for the second out of the sixth inning, accounting for Purdue’s 13 outfield assist of the season. Wood reached base safely for a 24th consecutive game and Krieg has now posted his second 12-game reached safely streak of the season.
The Boilermakers have suffered their first series defeat at the hands of Indiana since 2008. Dating back to last season, Purdue has now lost 13 consecutive weekend series and 12 straight three-game sets in Big Ten play.
The series finale is set for noon Sunday and will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.