March 15, 2008
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - The Purdue Nine got on the correct side of the ledger on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep over the Ohio Bobcats at V.A. Memorial Stadium, 8-4 and 9-4.
The Boilermakers (2-9) used 22 hits, including four doubles and two home runs, and took advantage of 16 walks issued by Bobcat pitchers to claim the two victories, the first two wins of the 2008 season.
Dan Black led the offensive effort with four hits and seven RBI in the twinbill, while Andy Loomis (1-0) and Kyle Cook (1-0) picked up the wins out of the Purdue bullpen. Josh Lindblom recorded three outs on two pitches in the first game to record his first save of the season.
Ohio answered with a single run in the third and then chased Purdue starter Matt Bischoff from the mound in the sixth inning with two more runs, gaining a 3-2 lead. However, the Boilermakers would waste no time in responding.
In the top of the seventh, Purdue got a leadoff double by Jonathan Lilly - his first collegiate hit - and then opened the flood gates on the way to four runs off three total hits in the inning. OU pitching handed the Boilermakers four walks in the frame. RBI in the inning by Haveman, Black, Ryan Bridges and Eric Nielsen gave the Boiler Nine a 6-3 advantage.
Two insurance runs in the ninth built the Purdue lead to 8-3 before OU attempted a comeback. With the bases loaded, one run in and no one out, Lindblom came in from the pen and got a 1-2-3 doubleplay on his first pitch and a flyout to center on his second to end the game and give Purdue its first win of the season.
Loomis picked up the win by pitching 2.2 innings of shutout ball in relief of Bischoff, yielding two hits and striking out a pair of Ohio batters.
Game Two opened nearly the same way as the day's opener when Black blasted a three-run homer over the fence in left, giving Purdue the initial 3-0 lead. Two more runs in the second built the lead to 5-0 on only two hits.
Cook relieved Ivanic in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way on the mound, ending the game with 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two to garner his first win.
Breathing room was provided in the eighth inning when the Boilermakers got five consecutive hits in the inning, scoring four times to secure the win.
Black was 2-4 in the nightcap with six RBI and two runs scored and White scored five runs in the twinbill to pace the Purdue offense. 10 different Boilermakers picked up at least one base hit on the afternoon as Purdue out-hit Ohio 22-12.
Purdue and Ohio return to V.A. Memorial Stadium on Sunday afternoon for a noon doubleheader. Both games will be broadcast in the Lafayette area on WSHY 1410 AM and on the web through purduesports.com.