Mar. 22, 1997

Purdue Splits Doubleheader with Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with visiting Michigan. The Wolverines won the first game 7-2, but Purdue took the second game 13-8.

The games were the second and third Big Ten games of the season for both teams and Purdue finished the day 8-10 overall and 2-1 in conference while Michigan moved to 10-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

J.J. Putz won the first game for Michigan, pitching a complete game (seven innings) and struck out 12. Purdue was led by Anthony Grieco who was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

In game two, Purdue pounded out 13 runs on 11 hits. Three Purdue players hit home runs. Rod Metzler went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, five RBI, a double and a home run while Mike Rothstein and Andy Grieco each added home runs.

Mark Tomsyck was the only other Purdue player to record a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The Boilermakers' third pitcher of the day - Jeremy Ballard - got the win, pitching 2 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on one hit and struck out one.