March 16, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State scored seven times in the bottom of the fifth after Purdue baseball had tied the game in the top of the frame and the big inning proved to be the difference in the 11-2 final Saturday evening.
SDSU starting pitcher Bubba Derby (3-0) surrendered only one earned run over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight. He retired 12 of the first 13 Boilers of the game. Purdue scored twice in the top of the fifth after Kyle Johnson singled and Kyle Upp doubled to open the inning. But a Boiler did not advance past second base for the remainder of the night.
Purdue starter Gavin Downs matched Derby for the first three innings after pitching out of a two-out, bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second. But the Aztecs (14-4) scored twice with two outs in the fourth inning and then sent 12 men to the plate in the seven-run fifth.
Third baseman Steve Maniago was unable to get an out on consecutive ground balls after a leadoff single for SDSU in the bottom of the fifth. The error and fielder's choice loaded the bases with no outs. Spencer Thornton came through with the biggest hit of the game when he connected for a hot shot off the first base bag caromed all the way into the right field corner for a three-run triple.
Two singles, a pair of hit by pitches, a walk and a sacrifice fly allowed SDSU to score four more runs in the frame. Purdue (1-12) did not record the first out until Joe Eichmann struck out Evan Potter looking on a full-count pitch. Potter was the eighth man to bat in the inning.
Jack Picchiotti picked up the Boilers' lone RBI of the night. In his first start since Feb. 21, Picchiotti came up with runners on second and third and no outs in the fifth. After falling behind in the count 1-2, he fouled off a couple pitches and eventually hit a chopper to second base that not only plated Johnson but also moved Upp to third with only one out. Upp scored the game-tying run when Potter threw the ball away on a grounder up the middle off the bat of Brandon Kreig.
Sean McHugh was the only Boiler to record a pair of hits, singling to open the sixth and eighth innings. Picchiotti walked twice. San Diego-area native Hayden Grant recorded his first collegiate hit with a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning.
Eddie De LaRiva and Brett Haan each put up a zero in their inning of relief. Haan induced a 6-4-3 double play ball to erase a leadoff single in the bottom of the eighth. Grant and fellow San Diego-area native Michael Mullen teamed up to turn the twin killing.
Game three of the four-game weekend wraparound series is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.