IU Falls to Purdue Twice
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana baseball team was on the losing end of both games of Saturday's doubleheader against Purdue, falling 10-3 in game one and 20-4 in game two. IU struggled on the mound and was unable to get anything going offensively and dropped to 29-19 overall and 12-14 in Big Ten play. Purdue snapped an eight-game losing streak and moved to 25-23 and 10-15 in league games. The pair of wins clinched the Titan Series, an annual all-sports competition between IU and Purdue, for the Boilermakers. By winning both games today, Purdue leads 10.5 to 9 with only 0.5 points left to be decided by Monday's baseball doubleheader.
In game one, the Hoosiers held a 3-2 lead through three innings. Purdue scored in the top of the first when Daniel Underwood drove in Tyler Johnstone, who led off the game with single to left-center field.
Indiana answered in the bottom of the second. Senior third baseman Vasili Spanos started the inning with a base hit to left field. Senior designated hitter Nick Evans followed with a single and an error by Underwood, the Boilermaker rightfielder, allowed Spanos to score and Evans to advance all the way to third. Evans came home on junior rightfielder Ryan Donley's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1, IU.
Purdue tied it up in next half inning as Underwood homered to right with the wind blowing out. The Hoosiers regained the led on junior shortstop Seth Bynum's long ball to center field.
Neither team scored again until the sixth inning when Purdue broke the game wide open. The Boilermakers totaled eight runs on seven hits as 13 hitters came to the plate.
IU starting pitcher Jacob Cary was tagged for the loss in 5.1 innings of work. He gave up 10 hits and six earned runs while walking three and striking out one. Cary's record slipped to 7-3 on the season. Purdue starter Mitch Pruemer, now 5-4 on the season, went the distance and held the Hoosiers to just five hits. He was responsible for two earned runs, struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
The Boilermakers' momentum carried over into game two as Purdue had at least one hit and scored in every inning but the fourth. Purdue's 20 runs and 24 hits marked season highs and were also the most allowed by Indiana in any game this season.
Purdue used another eight-run inning to take control of the game. Entering the second inning, the Boilers held a 2-1 lead before the flood gates opened. Purdue tallied seven hits in the frame and drove in all eight runs courtesy of home runs. John Hunter, Nick McIntyre and Underwood all hit long balls out of the park in right.
IU managed to scored a single run in the bottom of the second junior first baseman Kevin Mahar singled to left-center and came around to score on Bynum's base hit through the left side.
The Hoosiers allowed six more runs before scoring again in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Spanos drove a single to left. Redshirt freshman Ryan Parker, who came in to play first base, singled to left and advanced to second on a Purdue error. Spanos moved all the way to third on the play. Both Spanos and Parker scored on freshman catcher Chris Hynes' base hit to center.
Purdue's Scott Byrnes picked up the win on the mound, improving to 5-4 on the season. Byrnes gave up five hits and two earned runs over five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Junior Chris Behrens took the loss for IU and fell to 4-3. Behrens worked the initial 1.1 innings and gave up nine hits and 10 runs. He walked two and struck out one.
Indiana and Purdue will play the final two games of their series on Monday afternoon at Sembower Field. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.
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