MINNEAPOLIS (Purdue Sports) – Game two of the Purdue-Minnesota baseball series at Siebert Field has been suspended until Sunday at noon ET due to rain showers Saturday night. The Gophers held a 3-2 lead with two aboard for the Boilermakers in the top of the eighth inning when the game was halted.
The game was originally stopped due to lightning in the area with Jeff Evak batting with a 1-1 count and two outs. Rain showered followed and the rain began to fall harder as the night went on.
The finale of the Purdue-Minnesota series will follow the completion of the suspended game Sunday. The series finale was originally slated for a 1 p.m. ET start.
Sean McHugh’s two-run single with the bases loaded in the fifth inning got the Boilermakers on the board and cut the Gophers’ lead to 3-2. But Purdue would end up leaving the bases loaded in the frame.
Minnesota scored twice in the bottom of the second on a two-out, two-run double from Dan Motl. An RBI ground out from Motl in the fourth inning made it 3-0 and chased Purdue starter Gavin Downs.
After throwing over 120 pitchers, the Gophers’ Ben Meyer finally gave way to the bullpen after a base hit by Ted Snidanko in the eighth inning. A two-out walk to Jack Picchiotti had kept the inning alive. Evak was batting against new pitcher Kevin Kray when the lightning delay went into effect.
Matt Gibbs worked 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Saturday, putting together another successful extended relief outing in Big Ten play. Snidanko helped throw out a runner between first and second base to record his fourth outfield assist in the last eight games. McHugh threw out Tony Skjefte trying to steal in the fifth inning, marking the 24th base stealer he has cut down this year.
Right-handers Connor Podkul and Neal Kunik are the scheduled starting pitchers for Sunday’s series finale. Both games are crucial to the Boilers in the Big Ten Tournament chase after both Iowa and Michigan State lost Saturday.