March 16, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State scored three or more runs in an inning four times, cruising past Purdue baseball, 18-3, in game three of the weekend wraparound series Sunday afternoon.
The Boilermakers (1-13) had the leadoff man reach base safely in six of the nine innings, but could only plate that runner in the top of the ninth. Purdue registered 10 hits in the game, but nine were singles. Meanwhile, the Aztecs (15-4) racked up nine extra-base hits in their 22-hit output.
All six pitchers that took the mound for the Boilers surrendered at least one run and issued at least one walk. Purdue pitchers gave up 13 free passes (nine walks, four HBP) on the day. Starter Connor Podkul was only able to record one out vs. the seven batters he faced. It marked the third time this season that a starting pitcher for the Boilers did not make it out of the first inning.
San Diego State sent nine men to the plate in the first two innings and had 11 men hit in a five-run bottom of the sixth. The Aztecs' 15-4 record represents their best start during head coach Tony Gwynn's 12-year tenure.
Connor Podkul, Kyle Johnson and Cody Strong each had a pair of hits for Purdue. Strong came through with an RBI double in the ninth inning after consecutive singles by Michael Mullen and Jack Picchiotti to open the frame. But the Boilers didn't score against SDSU starter Mark Seyler (4-1) until the sixth inning. The right-hander pitched over four leadoff singles in his seven innings of seven-hit ball. After recording just one strikeout through the first six innings, he struck out the final three batters he faced to finish off his outing with a scoreless top of the seventh.
Matt Frawley entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the first. He retired the first two batters he faced to leave the bases loaded and minimize the damage done by the home team in a long inning. But he was unable to record an out against any of the five batters he faced in the bottom of the second. Matthew McHugh (third), Brett Haan (fifth) and Adam Dressler (seventh) each put up a zero in their first full innings of relief but were scored upon the following frame.
Defensively, Jack Amaro threw out a runner at second base on a ball hit off the wall in left center. Sean McHugh turned an inning-ending 5-3 double play with his brother on the mound in the bottom of the second.
San Diego State's Tyler Adkison (leadoff homer in the fourth) and Spencer Thornton (three-run shot in the sixth) both went deep Sunday.
The four-game weekend wraparound series concludes Monday at 9 p.m. ET. Eddie De LaRiva is likely to start on the mound for Purdue.