April 18, 1997

Boilers Blank Wildcats

If anyone deserves a Big Ten victory, it's Mike Hedman. The senior right-hander tossed a three-hit shutout against the Northwestern Wildcats on Friday in Evanston, Ill., as Purdue (16-20 overall, 9-8 Big Ten) cruised to an 8-0 victory.

The win was only Hedman's second conference victory of the season. In five Big Ten starts this season, Hedman (5-3) has posted a 1.38 earned run average, but he hasn't received a lot of offensive or defensive support. However, the Boilermakers managed to pound out 10 hits and play flawless for Hedman on Friday.

"I had great defense behind me today, and the guys were really hitting the ball," said Hedman, who struck out five Wildcats. "It was a great team victory."

The Boilermakers were on top early with three runs in the second inning.

Junior center fielder Mark Tomsyck and freshman shortstop Daryl Hallada each had RBI singles in the inning.

Sophomore right fielder Todd Ellinger's RBI double in the third put Purdue ahead, 4-0.

Purdue added a run in the fourth and one in the sixth to extend the lead. The Boilers scored their final two runs in the seventh inning on a two-run single to left by junior Bill Bennett, who finished with two hits and three RBIs in the game.

Hallada had three hits and a run scored to go along with his RBI. Senior catcher Anthony Grieco came into the game hitting .473 in Big Ten play, but did not have an official at-bat. Instead, he was hit by a pitch and walked four times, driving in a run and scoring two.

Purdue has won seven of its last nine conference games and will play a twinbill with Northwestern in Evanston today beginning at 1 p.m.

Purdue 8, Northwestern 0
Purdue       031 101 200  -  8 10 0
Northwestern 000 000 000  -  0  3 1
Hedman and Grieco. Koplove, Padgett (4) and Franzese.
WP- Hedman (5-3). LP - Koplove (1-4).