What do the Boilermakers need to change? A frustrated coach Doug Schreiber struggled to give an answer.
"You need to ask [the players], because I've pushed just about every button that I can," Schreiber said. "I'm not out of buttons but I'm really close."
Northwestern started the second inning with three singles and scored three runs before the Boilermakers could retire an out. A costly error by first baseman Angelo Cianfrocco opened up the floodgates for two more runs.
The Wildcat outburst continued into the third inning on an RBU double from Colby Everett and a two-run single by Walker Moses.
Purdue starter Brad Schreiber (L, 1-4) was pulled in the third inning after allowing eight runs, though only five were earned. The Boilermakers used eight pitchers during the contest.
On offense, the Boilermakers were led by Jack Picchiotti, Cody Strong and Jake Hansen who each chimed in with two hits.