Baseball Nails Third Straight Victory

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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

March 13, 1998

FRESNO, Calif. - Sophomore Chris Walker broke out of a big slump in a big way on Saturday. Walker, who was hitless in his previous 17 at-bats, slugged his first collegiate home run to help the Boilers earn an 11-8 come-from-behind victory over Virginia Tech in the Pepsi/Johnny Quik Classic in Fresno, Calif. The victory was the third under interim head coach Bob Shepherd and the third straight since snapping a seven-game losing streak.

The Boilers trailed the Hokies 8-7 entering the top of the ninth. Senior Bill Bennett started off the inning by reaching base after being hit by a pitch, extending his on-base streak to 43 games. After senior first baseman Mike Rothstein sacrificed Bennett to second, senior left fielder Robb Ramacher singled him home to tie the game. Walker, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the eighth, followed with a two-run blast to center field which scored Ramacher to put Purdue ahead 10-8. Sophomore catcher Erik Frei homered to left in the inning to give the Boilers an insurance run. Sophomore third baseman Ryan Cole slugged his third home run of the season in the second inning, giving Purdue three homers on the day. Freshman Austin Bilke (2-1) picked up the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, striking out four.

Purdue finishes the tournament on Saturday.