Strong Pitching Lifts Boilers to Road Win at Butler, 6-1

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Joe Eichmann struck out five of the eight batters he faced over 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief.
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Joe Eichmann struck out five of the eight batters he faced over 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief.
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March 19, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Adam Dressler and Joe Eichmann teamed up for eight innings of one-run ball and Purdue baseball recorded 10-plus hits for the fourth time in the last five games en route to winning at Butler, 6-1, on a windy Wednesday afternoon.

Kyle Johnson led the way with three hits and an RBI as one of three Boilers with multiple hits. Conner Hudnall drove in three runs, highlighted by a two-run double in the sixth inning.

In his first collegiate start, Dressler (1-0) surrendered just one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. All five hits came with two outs and he did not issue a walk. The freshman retired 12 consecutive batters from the second through sixth innings. Butler (7-12) recorded three consecutive two-out hits to plate a run in the sixth inning, but Eichmann took over and struck out the first man he faced to strand a pair. The junior has allowed only three of 14 inherited base runners to score this season.

Eichmann put up zeros in the seventh and eighth innings and struck out five of the eight batters he faced over 2 1/3 hitless innings of relief.

Purdue (2-14) scored twice in the fourth and sixth innings and tacked on an insurance tally in the seventh and eighth. Singles by Sean McHugh, Johnson and Hudnall in the top of the fourth gave the Boilers the lead. After driving in McHugh, smarting base running by Johnson allowed him to take third on the play as Butler threw home and then into center field trying to cut down Johnson on the backend of the play.

Kyle Wood and Johnson were aboard when Hudnall doubled to right center in the sixth inning. Butler center fielder Marcos Calderon nearly made a nice diving catch, but the ball popped free and Johnson was able to score from first base.

An inning later, Brandon Krieg reached on a one-out infield single, stole second and took third when the Bulldogs' pitcher threw the ball into center field on a failed pickoff attempt. Butler brought the infield in with McHugh at the plate, but Krieg was still able to score on a ground ball to shortstop after getting a great jump.

Kyle Upp's leadoff double led to the Boilers' final run in the eighth inning.

Wood struck out the final two batters he faced to close out the win with a scoreless ninth inning. The three Purdue pitchers teamed up for a season-high nine strikeouts.

The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they open a three-game weekend series at Southern Illinois. The games will be played at SIU's new Itchy Jones Stadium, which debuted this past weekend.