Mar. 8, 1997
Purdue Pounds Stetson
The Purdue baseball team took the first two games of a
three-game series with Stetson in DeLand, Fla., on Saturday. The
Boilermakers won the first game 12-4 and the second game 7-1 in
In game one, Purdue (3-4) pounded out 16 hits, including two
home runs by freshman Mike Rose. The Boilermakers big inning was
the second when they put up five runs. Rose led off the inning
with a solo home run. Third baseman Ryan Cole then doubled and
advanced to third on a single by catcher J.T. Ortiz. Centerfielder
Mark Tomsyck drove home Cole with a single, giving Purdue its
second run of the inning. After two outs, leftfielder Robb
Ramacher and designated hitter Bill Bennett drew consecutive
walks, scoring Ortiz. Shortstop Daryl Hallada then extended the
Boilermaker lead with a two-run single. Purdue added three more
runs in the fourth inning and two in each the eighth and ninth
It was more than enough support for Purdue pitcher Mike
Hedman. Hedman pickud up his second consecutive victory with a
seven-inning performance, allowing only one earned run while
striking out four. Senior Matt Luce pitched two strong innings of
relief, striking out four.
Game two featured more of the same as the Boilermakers notched
10 hits. Purdue trailed 1-0 early as the Hatters took the lead in
the first inning. The game belonged to Purdue the rest of the way.
The Boilermakers scored two in the third and one in the fourth to
take the lead. In the fifth, Purdue broke it open with three runs.
Ramacher, Cole and Bennett each drove in runs in the inning. The
Boilers would add one more in the seventh.
Once again, Purdue received a fine pitching performance. This
time it was senior Chris Bloomer who picked up the victory. He
went sex innings, allowing only one run whiile fanning eight.
Bloomer felt the Boliermakers really came together as a team to
start off the spring trip. "We finally played as a team today,"
said Bloomer. "We performed well in the three important parts of
the game: pitching, hitting and defense. As a team, we haven't had
a lot of success in Florida the past few years, so it's nice to
get a pair of wins against a national-caliber team."
Purdue will face Stetson again today in DeLand, Fla., in a single game at 5 p.m.
Purdue 7, Stetson 1
Purdue 002 130 1 - 7 10 0
Stetson 100 000 0 - 1 6 1
P: Bloomer, Howard (7) and Lorek; S: Brown, Lasso (5) and Fellmon, Cameron (7). 2B: Metzler (2) (P), Ramacher (2) (P), Rothstein (1) (P), French (6) (S).
WP: Bloomer (1-0), LP: Brown (0-3).