"It could get us going a little bit," freshman catcher Jack Picchiotti said. "You never know."
Purdue (11-16, 4-3) posted three runs in the first inning, then hammered out six runs in the third inning and never looked back. Picchiotti put the exclamation mark on the win with a home run in the eighth inning, the first by a Boilermaker in Alexander Field history.
"It feels unbelievable," said Picchiotti of his big night.
Picchiotti led the Boilermakers offensively with three RBI and three hits, and he also scored two runs. Kyle Wood also chipped in with three hits, part of Purdue's 14-hit performance.
Freshman pitcher Jordan Minch (W, 4-3) contained Northwestern's bats while working into the eighth inning. Tim McElroy and Brett Andrzejewski finished out the game for Purdue.
The series continues on Saturday, with first pitch set for 2 p.m. at Alexander Field. Purdue looks to make Friday's success a regularity.
"We've got to bounce back and be ready to go tomorrow," said Purdue coach Doug Schreiber.