Coach Doug Schreiber was none too pleased after his Boilermakers were embarrassed, 10-1, in the Alexander Field opener on Friday. Purdue had issues 14 walks while collecting just six hits. During a lengthy postgame chat with his team, Schreiber pointed to left-handed starter Jordan Minch as the answer.
In game one of a doubleheader, Minch gave Purdue a chance to win, but the bats let him down. Ohio State earned an 8-3 victory over the Boilermakers.
Minch (L, 2-3) worked into the sixth inning with Purdue trailing 4-1, but was pulled after a leadoff single. His pitch count had already reached 110 pitches. Mike Lutz surrendered three runs in relief and Purdue was never able to rally back.
Brad Goldberg (W, 3-0) kept the Boilermakers' bats quiet in five innings of work, allowing just one earned run. Ryan Riga (S, 1) worked four innings in relief and was credited with the save.
Ohio State shortstop Kirby Pellant finished the game with four hits and an RBI while first baseman Brad Halberg added three hits and knocked in three runs. Purdue had just four hits to its credit, two coming from shortstop Jake Hansen.
The three-game series at Alexander Field was moved to just two days. Sunday's contest was moved to Saturday in order to avoid conflicts with weather.
Game Two: Boiler bats stay silent as Buckeyes earn the sweep
For Purdue (7-14, 0-3), the second verse was same as the first. Ohio State silenced the Boilermakers' bats in game two of a doubleheader, earning a 7-0 victory, and sweep of the twin bill and series.
As the temperatures grew colder throughout the afternoon, so did Purdue's bats. Buckeye starter Brian King (W, 4-2) worked eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and not allowing a walk.
Purdue starter Robert Ramer (L, 2-2) worked eight innings, allowing three earned runs and nine hits while striking out three batters. However, relievers Brett Andrzejewski and Patrick Kenney struggled in their combined one inning of work, surrendering four earned runs.
With a few needed days off ahead, the Boilermakers return to action on Wednesday when they host IPFW at Alexander Field.