Mar. 10, 1997

Purdue Loses in Ninth

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The University of Purdue baseball team surrendored six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lose to the University of North Florida 10-6.

The Boilermakers entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 6-4 lead. North Florida tied the game at 6 and loaded the bases with two outs. The Ospreys Brian Fleetwood then stepped up to the plate to face Purdue reliever Jason Howard (0-1). Fleetwood hit the dramatic two-out grandslam to give North Florida the victory and dropped the Boilermakers record to 3-6.

Pudue second baseman Rob Metzler led the Boilermakers attack, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Purdue had scored two runs in the top half of the ninth inning to forge out to the two-run lead.

Purdue starter Matt Luce worked the first six innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out four.

University of North Florida 10, Purdue 6
Purdue         101 000 112  -   6 11 2
North Florida  200 100 106  -  10 12 3
PU: Luce, Ballard (7), Howard (9) and
Ortiz, Lorek. UNF: Everett, Norman (7),
Holden (7), Snow (9) and Nelson. 2B:
Metzler (PU), Walker (PU), Baxter (UNF),
Mackiewitz (UNF), Nelson (UNF). 3B: None.
HR: Metzler (PU), Fleetwood (UNF). 
WP: Snow (2-0). LP: Howard (0-1).