Mar. 21, 1997

Purdue Tops Michigan 16-6

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue's baseball team topped Michigan 16-6 in a heavy-hitting Big Ten game Friday.

Second baseman Rod Metzler and first baseman Mike Rothstein led the Boilermakers, each chalking up five RBI on three hits. Metzler had both a home run and a double. Shortstop Daryl Hallada went four for six, knocking in four runs.

After tying the game at 3-3 at the end of the third inning, Purdue exploded in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring four runs. Michigan scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, closing in on Purdue just two runs down. But Purdue scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh, and scored three in the bottom of the eighth, sealing the win.

The Boilermakers (7-9, 1-0 Big 10) will play the second game in the three-game series with Michigan (9-8, 0-1 Big 10) Mar. 22.

Inning-by-Inning Scoring
Michigan   030 000 300 -  6  9  2
Purdue     201 401 53X - 16 23  0

M: Brian Steinbach, Mike Hribernick (7), Brian Berryman (7), Alex Wozniak (8) and Mick Kalanar and Mike Haskell.
P: Chris Bloomer, Jeff Reder (7) and Anthony Grieco.
2B: Jason Alcaraz (M), Daryl Hallada (P), Grieco (P), Rod Metzler (P), Mike Rothstein (P). 3B: Rod Metzler (P).
WP: Chris Bloomer (2-0); LP: Brian Steinbach (3-2), Save Jeff Reder (1).