April 6, 1997

Boilers' Bats Explode in 18-11 victory

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The University of Purdue baseball erupted for 18 runs on 14 hits, helping them win three games of the four game series with Illinois on the road.

Purdue, which scored 30 runs in the last two games of the series, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Purdue scored four in the first, five in the second and three in the third.

Purdue led 13-4 in the fifth inning, but allowed the Fighting Illini to score seven runs in the bottom of the fifth, pulling to within 13-11.

Purdue got multiple hit games from five players. Leading the way was catcher Anthony Grieco, who finished the game 2-for-3 with two homeruns, three runs scored, seven RBI and three base on balls.

Pitcher Jeff Reider came on in the fifth inning inning, after starter Jason Howard allowed the first five batters to reach base in the inning. Reider eventually got out of the inning, allowing two runs of his own. He settled down to pitch five innings, allowing just those two runs to pick up the victory.

The Boilermakers return to action with a game at Valparaiso on Wednesday.

Purdue 18, Illinois 11
Purdue     453 100 500  -  18 14 1
Illinois   400 070 000  -  11 15 2

PU: Howard, Reider (5) and Grieco. UI: Rehrer, Salter (2), Journell (6), Funk (7), Weber (7), Walk (9). 2B: Tomsych (PU), Ramacher (PU), McClure (UI), Green (UI). 3B: None. HR: Grieco 2(PU), Ramacher (PU), Dan Rhodes (UI), Targgart (UI).
WP: Reider (1-2). LP: Rehrer (2-2).