Purdue Shuts Out Penn State to Salvage Series Finale
April 7, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball scored three two-out runs early in the game and Brett Haanworked the first five scoreless innings in a combined-shutout effort, as the Boilermakers salvaged the finale of the Penn State series with a 4-0 win Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.
Purdue (6-21, 2-4 Big Ten) posted its first shutout since blanking Illinois-Chicago at Alexander Field on April 20 of last season. It was the Boilers' first shutout of a Big Ten opponent since defeating Indiana, 3-0, in the winner's bracket final at the 2012 Big Ten Tournament.
Brandon Krieg and Kyle Wood each had a pair of hits and an RBI to extend streaks. Krieg has hit safely in a career-best 12 straight games, matching Sean McHugh'sstreak this year for the longest by a Boiler since 2011. Wood has reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. McHugh recorded the first of three consecutive two-outs singles in the bottom of the first to push his reached safely streak to 17 straight games.
Haan (1-0) picked up his first win as a Boilermaker by pitching over the six singles he surrendered over five innings. He issued only one walk and induced an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play ball in the second inning.
Mike Lutz retired the first five batters he faced en route to working three scoreless innings to earn his second save of the season. Pitching for the third consecutive game, Joe Eichmann retired both batters he faced with two men aboard in the sixth inning. The junior retired all 12 batters he faced in the series and has now allowed only three of 25 inherited base runners to score this year.
Jeff Evak made his fourth start of the season and finished the day with a base hit and three stolen bases. He manufactured an insurance run in the fifth inning when he led off the frame with a single and stole second, third and home. The freshman beat the throw home after PSU (15-14, 4-1 Big Ten) initially got Kyle Johnsonin a run down between first and second base.
Krieg made an impressive defensive play deep in the hole on the left side of the infield to take away an infield hit from Alex Malinsky in the third inning. Conner Hudnallmade a good running catch on the warning track in right field to deny James Coates of a leadoff double in the eighth inning. Purdue did not commit an error in the series after making a season-high four Tuesday in a loss at Illinois-Chicago.
The Boilermakers' 3-4-5 hitters - McHugh, Johnson and Wood - all came through with two-out singles in the bottom of the first to give their team an early 1-0 lead. An inning later, Steve Maniagoreached on a two-out infield hit, stole second and scored on Krieg's double down the left field line. Krieg scored when the PSU shortstop let a ground ball off Evak's bat roll into center field.
McHugh threw out Coates trying to steal second on a pitch in the dirt, erasing a leadoff single in the fourth inning. McHugh has cut down 17 runners trying to steal this season. The double play Purdue turned in the second inning was its 30th of the season but only twin killing of the weekend.
The Boilermakers return to action Tuesday when they host No. 8 Louisville at 5 p.m.