Purdue busts slump, pounds UIC

Purdue pounded out 15 runs in the second inning, all while starter Gavin Downs was dominating on the mound, and the Boilermakers earned a 20-0 victory over UIC.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue (12-15, 4-11) entered Wednesday's game with a nine-game losing streak, and wasted no time snapping it. The Boilermakers scored 18 runs in the first two innings, pounding UIC 20-0.

"That's what we were looking to do; put together a complete, nine-inning ballgame," Purdue coach Doug Schreiber said after the game.

Purdue catcher Josh Estill finished the game with three hits, including a home run, and seven runs knocked in. Designated hitter Kyle Wood added five RBI on three hits, including a home run of his own.

For Estill, his first career home run was especially sweet—it was the first to left field at the new Alexander Field. He just cares about getting the victory.

"It felt really good to get a win, first of all," said Estill, "and then a win like that."

Gavin Downs, making his first career start, pitched five shutout innings while allowing six hits and striking out five Flames.

"It's always really nice when your guys put up double digits," said Downs. "That makes my job a lot easier."

The Boilermakers' 15-run second inning was highlights by Wood's three-run homer and Etill's two-run shot. Purdue tallied 10 hits in the inning while Kyle Bischoff batted three different times in the frame.

"The strange year at Alexander continues, because nobody's going to expect 15 runs in an inning," Schreiber said.

Purdue travels to Michigan State for a weekend series with the Spartans, though flooding issues in East Lansing may force the game to be moved over to the neighboring town to Lansing. Wherever the Boilermakers play, they'll have a bit of momentum on their side.

"With the confidence we had at the plate today," explained Estill, "that can carry over into this weekend and we can really be successful."

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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