BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – No. 11 Indiana scored five times in the bottom of the first and tacked on additional runs in five of the next seven innings in which it batted, completing a three-game series sweep of Purdue baseball with a 12-3 final Sunday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (12-32, 5-13 Big Ten) were swept in Big Ten Conference play for the first time this season. The Hoosiers (32-12, 16-2 Big Ten) improved to 16-2 at home this season and swept Purdue for the first time since 1999.
Starting pitcher Gavin Downs (2-6) gave up a walk, four hits and four runs before he was finally able to record an out. He was lifted after one inning, marking his shorting outing of the season. Over the last three Sundays, the Boilers’ starting pitchers have worked no more than one inning each, surrendering a combined 15 runs on 15 hits and four walks. Purdue has lost its last three Sunday games by a combined margin of 36-8. It also marked the 10th time this season that a starting pitcher worked one inning or fewer.
Dustin DeMuth led the Indiana attack with six RBI, highlighted by a three-run double with the bases loaded in the first inning. Sam Travis also had three hits. The first five hitters in the Hoosiers’ lineup scored 10 of the 12 runs.
Sean McHugh had four quality plate appearances for the Boilermakers, scoring their first run in the top of the sixth on a pinch-hit single from Conner Hudnall after leading off the frame with a ground rule double. McHuh also picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
For the second day in a row, Purdue had IU’s starting pitcher on the ropes in the first inning. Brian Korte had already walked Cody Strong and Sean McHugh, and was down in the count 3-1 on the left-handed hitting Kyle Wood. But Strong misread the signs given by third base coach Doug Schreiber and tried to steal third base. He was cut down easily for the second out. Korte (2-0) regrouped and retired Wood to get out of the inning. His teammates gave him five runs to work with not long after and the lefty worked five scoreless frames after double plays erased leadoff base runners in the fourth and fifth innings.
There were three outfield assists in the game, including two by the Boilers’ left fielder Ted Snidanko in consecutive innings. The freshman threw out Scott Donley at the plate on a two-out single with the bases loaded to end the second inning. The following frame, he cut down Casey Rodrigue at second trying to stretch an opposite-field single into a double.
Brad Hartong threw out Brandon Krieg at third base as the Purdue junior tried to advance on McHugh’s sacrifice fly. The Boilermakers had the bases loaded with no outs and trailed 11-2 entering that sequence.
Jack Picchiotti had a pair of hits and reached base safely three times. Krieg’s single in the seventh inning extended his reached base safely streak to 13 consecutive games. Wood went 0-for-4 to end his reached safely streak at 24 straight games. He also pitched the final four innings, striking out a career-high five in his longest outing of the season.
Purdue is idle from midweek play this week due to final exams on campus. The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they open a three-game series at Minnesota. It will mark the first time they’ve played at Minnesota’s on-campus field since 2004. In the years since, Purdue has played the Gophers at the Metrodome and Target Field.