Boilers bested by Wildcats

Purdue struggled to get its offense going while the pitchers were worked by Northwestern's hot bats. The Wildcats earned a 13-4 victory over the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, earning them a series victory.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue opened the rubber match of its three-game series with Northwestern scoring a run in the first inning and opening the game with a lead. After that, it was never much of a contest. The Wildcats pounded Purdue's pitching en route to a 13-4 victory.

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.

The Boilermakers return to the diamond on Tuesday when they travel to play Indiana State; then Purdue hosts Ball State at Alexander Field the following night.

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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