Feb. 23, 1997

Purdue Loses Third Straight

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Purdue baseball team was swept by Lamar University, dropping the third game of season-opening series, 13-1.

The Cardinals struck for eight runs in the bottom of the first inning sending Boilermakers pitcher Andy Helmer (0-1) to the showers after 1/3 of an inning.

Lamar University leftfielder Jason Klam went 3-for-5 on the day, with a homerun and five RBI.

Cardinal pitcher Wade White (1-0) went seven innings, allowing only three hits while stiking out 11.

Purdue shortstop Daryl Hallada had two hits, accounting for half the Boilermakers' production.

Lamar University 13, Purdue 1

Purdue     000 000 001   1  4 3
Lamar      810 031 00x  13 15 2

Purdue: Helmer, Morgan, Ballard, Howard and Lorek, Oritz, Grieco. Lamar: White, Mercer, Williams and Mathews. 2B: Cephus (Lamar), Droptini (Lamar), Griffin (Lamar). 3B: Bennett (Purdue), Myers (Lamar). HR: Dean (Lamar), Klam (Lamar). WP: White (1-0). LP: Helmer (0-1).