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Pitching Leads the Way Again as Purdue Clinches its 3rd Straight Big Ten Series Win

April 8, 2012
Richmond High School


EVANSTON, Ill. - Lance Breedlove worked seven innings of one-run ball, keeping Northwestern off the scoreboard until the seventh, and Nick Wittgrenleft four runners on base while recording the final four outs, propelling No. 19 Purdue baseball to a 3-1 victory at Northwestern Saturday afternoon.

The Boilermakers (23-5, 6-2 Big Ten) assured themselves of a Big Ten series victory for the third weekend in a row. Sunday, Purdue will look to finish off a conference sweep for the first time this season. The Boilers have won seven of their last eight games.

Breedlove (5-2) won his fifth game of the season with another impressive outing. He did not give up a hit until the fourth inning and induced a pair of ground ball double plays. In his first three Big Ten starts, the senior has worked 25 innings of two-run ball. In his win against Ohio State and again on this day, he did not surrender a run until his final inning of work.

Wittgren struck out Northwestern's Geoff Rowan on three pitches to end the bottom of the eighth with runners on first and second and the Boilers leading 2-1. After a leadoff double and a walk in the ninth, the Purdue closer finished off the win with a strikeout and a pop out. He earned his fifth save of the season and 17th career. But it was his first save since breaking the Purdue all-time record March 13 at Missouri State.

Led by multi-hit efforts from Stephen Talbott, Cameron Perkins and Andrew Dixon, eight of the nine Boilers in the starting lineup had at least one hit. But Purdue stranded nine runners on base despite running up the pitch count on NU starter Brandon Magallones (5-1), who suffered his first loss of the season.

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