Hoosiers, Boilers Split First Two Sunday Games
April 15, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team kicked off Sunday's tripleheader with eight runs in the final two innings for an 11-3 victory over Purdue at Lambert Field.
After putting up three in the first inning on Saturday - the game was suspended due to inclement weather - the Hoosiers gave one back in the home half of the frame. The Boilermakers evened things up at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth before IU plated four runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Senior first baseman Michael Nilles delivered the go-ahead run with a one-out triple. Following a strikeout sophomore right fielder Chris Hervey laced an RBI-double, and freshman second baseman Evan Crawford capped the scoring with a two-run two-bagger.
The Hoosiers used the long ball in the seventh, as sophomore center fielder Andrew Means recorded the first home run of his career to lead off the inning. Nilles delivered the final blow to the Boilermakers, blasting a three-run homer - his first of the season - to help Indiana even the series at a game apiece.
Nilles went 2-for-4 with four RBI and two runs, while senior shortstop Keith Hass added two runs and a 2-for-3 performance. Junior third baseman Tyler Cox also plated a pair.
Sophomore reliever Joe Vicini (2-0) picked up the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
In Sunday's second game, the Boilermakers blanked the Hoosiers, 13-0. Purdue rallied for 10 runs in the first inning, scoring nine with two men out. The Boilermakers added three in the fifth for the final tally.
Ricky Heines (6-2) earned the victory, going the distance allowing just three hits. Freshman southpaw Jason Ferrell (3-2) suffered the defeat.
The teams conclude the tripleheader and the series this afternoon. Purdue owns a 2-1 lead in the four-game showdown.
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