Purdue can't climb out of early hole

Purdue allowed seven runs in the second inning and was unable to dig itself out of the hole. The Boilermakers dropped Tuesday's game to Butler, losing 8-4 at Alexander Field.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue gained momentum with its three-game road sweep of Penn State. That was all lost in an 8-4 defeat served up by Butler.

The Boilermakers, now 10-15 on the season, surrender seven runs in the second inning and were never able to dig their way out of the hole. Starting pitcher Eddie De LaRiva (L, 2-3) was chased after getting just one out in the frame, while allowing five runs—four earned—plus two walks and two hits. Reliever Pat Gannon was unable to retire a batter and allowed two more runs.

"We had a lot of walks, which has pretty been killing us this whole year," right fielder Jack Picchiotti said. "When you give free bases, so much more can happen."

Joe Eichmann stabilized the game for Purdue, finishing the second inning then allowing just one run over the next seven innings. After two quick triggers, Purdue coach Doug Schreiber had a simple task for Eichmann, and he delivered.

"Just hold us in the game," Eichmann recalled. "That's all the pitching staff is supposed to do, is just hold us in the game and hope that the hitters can win the game for you."

Purdue tallied three runs in the fifth inning, driven in by Brandon Krieg, Jake Hansen and Jack Amaro. The Boilermakers squandered their best chance in the eighth inning when pinch runner Steve Maniago stumbled as he ran toward home plate. Maniago was subbing in for designated hitter Kyle Wood, who left after being hit by a pitch.

The midweek swing continues on Wednesday as Purdue hosts Indiana State at Alexander Field.

"That's baseball," Picchiotti said. "We get to come back tomorrow, we've got to forget about this game, and hopefully play a pretty good game and beat Indiana State."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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