April 4, 1998
HOOSIERS SWEEP PURDUE
Indiana gets two complete game victories to take 2-1 series lead
Bloomington, Ind.The Indiana baseball team
defeated Purdue, 8-3 and 12-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the Big Ten series at
Sembower Field. Junior Chad Smith pitched his fifth consecutive complete
game in the first game, while junior Jason Torres pitched his first career
complete game in the second game.
In the opener, IU jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings and never
looked back. In a four-run second inning, junior Brandt Childs and sophomore
Doug DeVore each got hits to extend their hitting streaks to 12 games apiece.
DeVore's two-run double was the highlight of the inning.
Smith coasted the rest of the way, scattering eight hits while allowing
just three runs and striking out six.
Three Hoosiers finished with three hits, as Childs, DeVore and senior Mike
Spisak each got three hits.
In the second game, IU trounced the Boilermakers, 12-2 behind Torres' strongest
performance as a Hoosier. The junior pitched the full seven innings, allowing
just two runs on nine hits and striking out five.
Indiana did most of its damage in the fourth inning, when it scored nine
runs including senior Roger Rodeheaver's fifth homer of the season, a three-run
shot to right field. He would finish the game two for three with four RBI,
and in the first three games of the series, is five for 10 with six runs
While the Hoosiers used just two pitchers, Purdue was forced to use eight
over the two games, including Brad Brown, who made his first appearance
of the season.
Childs finished two for three to extend his hitting streak to a career-best
13 games, but DeVore took the collar, snapping his career-high streak at
The wins improve the Hoosiers to 19-14 and 4-3 in the Big Ten, while the
Boilers fall to 14-14 and 3-4 in conference action. The two teams will play
the final game of the series tomorrow at West Lafayette. First pitch at
Lambert Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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