March 18, 2014
SAN DIEGO -- Purdue baseball scored twice with San Diego State's closer on the mound in the eighth inning to the tie the game, but the Aztecs went on to win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th, 6-5, Monday evening in the finale of the four-game weekend wraparound series.
The Boilermakers (1-14) recorded a season-high 13 hits and had their leadoff man reach base safely in seven of the 10 innings. Purdue posted a double-figure hit total in three of the four games this weekend.
San Diego State's Brad Haynal delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning. He hit a line drive through the left side of the infield that was just out of the reach of shortstop Brandon Krieg. Spencer Thornton scored the winning run from second base after keeping the inning alive with a two-out walk. Haynal was 10-for-18 with five extra-base hits and five RBI in the series.
Jack Picchiotti had three hits and four other Boilers recorded a pair of knocks. Krieg scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch.
Tim McElroy and Mike Lutz both pitched well in relief. Lutz pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning and did not give up a hit until the 10th inning. The sophomore worked 4 2/3 innings in his longest outing as a Boilermaker, retiring 14 of the first 16 batters he faced. McElroy pitched four innings of two-run relief, also registering his longest outing at Purdue.
The Boilermakers rallied from 3-0, 4-1 and 5-2 deficits. Picchiotti's leadoff singles in the sixth and eighth innings both led to the runs. Cody Strong drove in a run in both frames. Kyle Johnson delivered a two-out RBI double in the third inning and Sean McHugh knocked in a run with a base hit in the top of the fourth.
Purdue scored twice with SDSU's hard-throwing closer Michael Cederoth on the mound for the second time in the series. Pinch runner Jeff Evak stole second base on the first pitch Cederoth threw. Kreig reached on an infield single and Steve Maniago advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Strong was behind in the count but kept his at-bat alive, driving in a run and advancing the trail runner with a ground ball to second base. The first pitch Cederoth threw to McHugh went to the backstop, allowing Krieg to score the tying run.
Johnson (5-for-15) and McHugh (6-for-16) each hit safely in all four games of the series. Strong hit safely and drove in a run in three of the four games in which he played.
Purdue returns to action Wednesday when it hosts Butler at 5 p.m. for the 2014 home opener at Alexander Field.