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    HOOSIERS DROP HEARTBREAKER


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    April 16, 2000

    HOOSIERS DROP HEARTBREAKER

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    West Lafayette, Ind.--Purdue scored three runs in bottom of the ninth inning to post a 7-6 victory over Indiana in the final game of the two teams four-game series.

    Nate Sickler drove home a pair of runs with a one-out two-run double off of closer Chris Wilson to propel Purdue to the victory. The loss was Indiana's seventh one-run loss in Big Ten play this season.

    The Hoosiers (24-18, 6-10) got on the board with a two-spot in the third inning as the bottom of their order got the offense rolling. Kevin O'Brien, the eighth hitter in the lineup, opened the inning with a single and moved to third when the number nine hitter Eric Blakeley doubled to left centerfield. Benji Clause then plated O'Brien with a ground out and Dan Haegele drove home Blakeley with a sacrifice fly.

    Fred Graf kept the Boilermakers in check in the early going as he retired the first seven hitters on just 21 pitchers. He allowed back-to-back singles in the third, but worked out of the jam with a comebacker and a fly out to end the Purdue threat.

    The Hoosiers got on the board again in the sixth inning when Vasilli Spanos connected on his fourth home run of the season and second of the series with a two-out shot to left field.

    Purdue got on the board in the sixth with a single run and the Boilermakers were looking for more, but Tim McNab gunned down Erik Frei who was trying to score from second on a single. McNab fired a perfect throw to O'Brien who stood his ground, took a hard hit from Frei and hung onto the ball for the final out in the inning.

    Indiana added one more run in the seventh inning to take a 4-1 lead. O'Brien picked up his second hit of the game to lead off the inning. Clause then drew a two-out walk and Haegele reached on an error to load the bases. Blake St. Clair then got hit by a pitch to plate O'Brien.

    The Boilermakers cut the lead to two with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

    Indiana plated two more runs in the eighth on a Tim McNab single, walks by Rich Berich, O'Brien and Clause and a pair of wild pitches. Both wild throws came on ball four pitches with a runner on third base.

    Purdue once again cut the lead to two at 6-4 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.

    Indiana remains on the road in Big Ten play as the Hoosiers travel to Ohio State and Minnesota the next two weekends and close out conference play at home against Illinois May 12-14.

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