DELAND, Fla. - Purdue baseball posted a pair of four-run innings and turned four double plays, defeating Virginia Tech 12-5 on day two of the Westin Lake Mary Stetson Invitational.
Nick Dalesandro recorded his third career four-hit game. Jacson McGowan recorded four RBI for the third time as a Boilermaker, homering for the sixth time in Purdue's nine games this season. Dalesandro has 13 hits over the last five games, reaching base safely in 16 of his 24 plate appearances in the process.
The Boilermakers (8-1) have scored a combined 23 runs this weekend in Florida and 31 over their last three games. Nineteen of those 31 runs have been scored against the opposition's bullpen.
Tanner Andrews put together his third consecutive quality start to begin the season. He surrendered eight singles, but the only run the senior was charged with scored after he left the mound in the seventh inning. Andrews (2-0) escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third inning, inducing and starting a 1-2-3 double play for the first two outs of the frame.
Purdue also turned double plays in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings. All four were of the ground ball variety. The Boilermakers benefitted from four twin killings for the first time since March 2015.
After another quality start (6+ IP, 1 ER) in Saturday's win vs. Va Tech, Tanner Andrews still has a sub-1.00 ERA for the season. But our ace acknowledges he's glad he doesn't have to face Nick Dalesandro & Jacson McGowan right now. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/9vawhaeS3w
-- Purdue Baseball (@PurdueBaseball) March 3, 2018
Purdue kept pace with the 2012 Big Ten championship team for the program's best one-loss start since 1965. The 2012 Boilermakers won 14 of their first 15 games and did not suffer their second loss until St. Patrick's Day.
Purdue has scored at least four times in an inning five times over the last three games, enjoying a four-run frame in three straight for the first time since last year's series win vs. Indiana at Alexander Field. The Boilermakers have scored 10-plus runs in consecutive games for the first time since victories at Santa Clara and Ball State in March 2017.
Skyler Hunter recorded a hit from both sides of the plate and has hit safely in every game this season. His leadoff double in the fourth inning ignited the first four-run rally. The sophomore also demonstrated some heads up base running in the top of the fourth. He avoided being doubled off second on a line drive to the second baseman that produced the first out of the frame.
Purdue's first two RBI of the game came from freshmen, both with two strikes. Charlie Nasuti's opposite-field single to right field opened the scoring in the second inning. Ben Nisle delivered a sacrifice fly to left field with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, plating the first of the four runs. NIsle's three sac flies are more than the rest of the team combined. He has an RBI in six of the first nine games this season. With a runner on third base and less than two outs, he has plated that runner in five of his six opportunities.
The first six Boilermakers to come to the plate in the seventh inning put together a productive plate appearance. McGowan scored from first base on Dalesandro's three-run double that blew the game open at 9-2.
McGowan recorded a pair of extra-base hits for the third time in nine games this season. He already has five multi-RBI games while driving in a run in eight of the first nine. The junior has hit safely in 11 straight games dating back to the end of 2017.
Cameron Williams recorded a strikeout and induced a game-ending 4-6-3 double play to close out the win, retiring the only two batters he faced after Va Tech's first five batters of the ninth reached safely.
Consecutive two-out hits from Nick Evarts and Milo Beam turned the fourth inning into a big rally for Purdue. After Nisle's sac fly, Evarts doubled off the chalk in the right field corner. The ball hopped over the fence in foul territory into the home bullpen. That prevented Nasuti from scoring from first base. But Beam followed with a two-run single to right field, winning a lefty-lefty matchup vs. Va Tech starter Ian Seymour.
Nisle and Evarts both struck out vs. Seymour (1-1) in their first at-bats before driving in runs against the freshman the second time they faced him.
Beam's leadoff single also ignited the four-run rally in the seventh inning. The sophomore has recorded consecutive multi-hit games this weekend for the first time as a Boilermaker.
Virginia Tech left 11 runners on base. Andrews was able to strand six runners over the six full innings he worked. He also pitched the majority of the game from the stretch after giving up four leadoff singles. Of the 28 batters he faced, 15 were from the stretch. He still managed to the limit the Hokies (3-7) to just one run, an unearned tally after a dropped pop up in the sixth, while he was on the mound.
Purdue takes on Stetson (7-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in the championship game of the four-team tournament. Stetson's probable starting pitcher Mitchell Senger struck out 16 in a no-hitter last weekend vs. George Washington.