HOOSIERS LOSE TO PURDUE 9-5
April 3, 1998 HOOSIERS LOSE TO PURDUE 9-5
Indianapolis, Ind. The Indiana Hoosiers got a taste of the big time Friday night as they played at Victory Field in Indianapolis, but the outcome was not what the team was looking for as they lost 9-5 to Purdue.
Indiana took an early 5-1 lead before the Boilermakers came back to score 8 unanswered runs off IU starter Kyle Boyd. The loss drops the Hoosiers record to 17-14 overall and 2-3 in the league.
Indiana scored two in the first off Purdue starter Russ Morgan on RBI singles by Brandt Childs and Doug DeVore. They increased that lead to 4-1 in the second on consecutive RBI singles by Dan Hagele and Frank O'Connell. The Hoosiers scored their fifth run in the fourth on a run-scoring double by Roger Rodeheaver.
It was then the momentum of the game started to change. Purdue's Bill Bennett and Eric Frei each homered in the bottom of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-3. Boyd then allowed a fun in the fifth but two unearned runs in the sixth proved to be the Hoosiers downfall.
Boyd misplayed a ball hit in front of the mound and Purdue took advantage of that by following that with a pair of hits. The Boilers then added three more in the bottom of the eighth.
After a strong start, the Hoosiers's bats were silenced by the Purdue bullpen. IU had seven hits in the first four innings but managed just four the remainder of the game.
Purdue releiver Brent Tinkle won the game as he pitched four innings and did not allow a run. Ryan Banas picked up his second save of the year. Kyle Boyd pitched well for most of the game but the loss drops his record to 4-2 overall.
The teams will continue the series in Bloomington Saturday with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. at Sembower Field.
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