April 19, 1997

Purdue Splits With Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Purdue baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday with Northwestern, winning the first game, 5-3, while dropping the nightcap by a score of 13-1.

In the first game, the Boilers scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh in the abbreviated seven-inning game. A two-run home run by Rod Metzler in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped Purdue to victory.

Chris Bloomer (4-2) went the distance for the Boilers, pitching seven innings while allowing three runs and striking out 10 Wildcats. Chris Hargan took the loss for Northwestern.

All of Purdue's momentum went right out the window in the beginning of game two as Northwestern scored eight runs in the first three innings.

Boilermaker starter Matt Luce was the victim of the Wildcat bats, surrendering eight runs on 10 hits in 2 and two third innings of work.

Game 1
Purdue 5, Northwestern 3
Purdue        020 002 1  -  5 11 0
Northwestern  002 000 1  -  3  6 0

PU: Bloomer and Grieco. NW: Hargan and Pranzesc. 2B: Metzler (PU), J.P. Williamson (NW), Baron (NW). HR: Metzler (PU), Dunn (NW).
WP: Bloomer (4-2). LP: Hargan (3-6).

Game 2
Northwestern 13, Purdue 1
Purdue         000 000 1  -   1  4 0
Northwestern   233 050 x  -  13 15 0

PU: Luce, Buck, Davis and Grieco, Lorek. NW: Williamson and Franzese, Buchanan. 2B: Rose (PU), Baron (NW), Dainton (NW). 3B: Dunn (NW). HR: Pedersen (NW).
WP: Williamson (2-4). LP: Luce (3-2)