Feb. 23, 2014
HOUSTON -- No. 11 Rice scored six times before the first out was recorded in the first inning and Purdue baseball never recovered from the early onslaught, losing the finale of the three-game series, 23-3, Sunday afternoon.
The Owls (6-2) finished off the weekend sweep after scoring 10 times in the bottom of the first, marking the first time the Boilers (0-6) had surrendered double figure runs in an inning since February 2011. The 23 runs were the most allowed by Purdue since giving up 26 to Minnesota at the 1995 Big Ten Tournament.
The Boilermakers used 10 pitchers in the game after starter Kyle Wood was unable to record an out against any of the seven batters he faced. Six consecutive hits followed a leadoff walk. Eddie De LaRiva (second inning), Brett Haan (third) and Matt Gibbs (eighth) were the only pitchers to successfully put up a zero on the scoreboard.
Purdue showed some life with a three-run rally in the top of the third. But for the third game in a row, the Boilers only scored in one of the nine innings. Brandon Krieg's two-run double down the left field line plated Cody Strong and Jack Amaro. Purdue hit into double plays with multiple men aboard in the third and fifth innings.
The Boilermakers turned a pair of double plays defensively, but also failed to capitalize on two other opportunities to turn two. On both occasions, Strong was unable to make a good throw to Krieg at second base and no outs were recorded.
Rice cashed in on its scoring opportunities with five extra-base hits that each plated multiple runs. Cleanup hitter Skyler Ewing connected for a grand slam to left field in the sixth inning. All seven runs in the frame scored with two outs after the first batters were retired.
Purdue pitchers issued 10 walks and hit two Rice batters. All but one of the 10 pitchers to take the mound walked at least one guy. Kyle Upp (two) was the only Boilermaker to draw a walk. He made his first collegiate start in right field Sunday.
Strong has reached base safely in each of the first six games this season, getting on to open the third and fifth innings Sunday. Joe Eichmann and Mike Lutz both pitched in all three games of the series, marking the third time in his career that Lutz has taken the mound in all three games of a weekend series.
Off to an 0-6 start for the first time since beginning the 2008 season 0-9, Purdue returns to action Friday for the opener of a three-game weekend series at Missouri State. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. ET.