March 25, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - It was a tale of two ballgames on Saturday as the Purdue Boilermakers swept a non-conference doubleheader from Chicago State in the 2006 home opener at Lambert Field, winning the games in entirely different fashions.
The Boilermakers pieced together a 5-4 win over the Cougars in 10 innings in the first game, and then blasted CSU pitching in the nightcap for a 16-6 victory.
After leading 3-0 early in Game One, Purdue came back from a 4-3 deficit to force extra innings, and then scored a single run in the 10th inning for the win.
Buente was not as sharp as he had been in previous starts, allowing eight hits and four runs, three which were earned, in seven innings.
Purdue took the early lead on a two-run blast by Neal Gorka, his first of the season, a shot that landed at the base of the fence surrounding the Rankin Track complex beyond left field, an estimated 425 feet from home plate.
The Boilermakers upped their lead to 3-0 in the third on a sacrifice fly by John Hunter which scored Hilligoss from third.
Chicago State got on the scoreboard with a single run in the fourth inning when a throwing error in the infield allowed an unearned run to score from second. In the next inning, the Cougars took the lead 4-3 on an RBI triple by John Torres and a two-run homer by Raven Jackson.
The Boilermakers tied the game in the fifth against CSU starter Shawn Neubauer on Gorka's sacrifice fly to center. Gorka's flyball pushed across Eric Wolfe, who had singled went corner to corner on a base hit by Hunter.
Tied at 4-4, both teams settled down on the mound until the 10th when the Boilermakers loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Kyle Kupiec (0-1) to set up Hilligoss' winning hit.
In the second game of the twinbill, the Boilermaker bats ripped out a season-best 19 hits and jumped on the Cougar pitching early, building an 8-2 lead after two innings.
Purdue scored three times in the opening frame thanks to a two-run double by Hunter, his eighth two-bagger of the year, and a run-scoring single by Jeff Mojzik.
A fielding miscue by Purdue in the top of the second led to two Chicago State runs, drawing the score to 3-2. However, the Cougars would get no closer during the game.
In the bottom of the inning, the Boilermakers all but sealed the deal with a five spot, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Ryne White and Gorka. White's blast was his first collegiate home run, a three-run shot to right field that made the score 7-0. Two pitches later, Gorka unleashed on an offering from CSU reliever Colin Marshall, sending the ball out to a nearly-identical landing spot as his home run in the first game.
Purdue plated five more runs during the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to build to a 13-2 lead and giving starting pitcher Dan Sattler his second win of the season. Sattler (2-2) tied a career-best with 10 strikeouts over six innings. Over his last two starts, Sattler has allowed just eight hits and two unearned runs in 13.0 innings, striking out 15 and walking two.
CSU inched a little closer in the seventh with four runs against Boilermaker reliever Allan Donato, but Purdue iced the win with a three-run inning in the eighth.
White had two hits in the opener and went 3-5 with four RBI in the nightcap to lead Purdue, while Eric Wolfe had a pair of two-hit games. Dane Wolfe picked up five hits during the twinbill, and Gorka drove in five runs during the day.
In the nightcap, a handful of Boilermakers made their collegiate debut. Dan Stahl, a redshirt-junior, walked in the eighth and scored in his first appearance in a Purdue uniform. Eric Nielsen was 1-1 at the plate with an RBI in his collegiate debut, and Chris Ivanic took his spot behind the plate in the ninth, his first action as a Boilermaker.
Purdue (10-5) and Chicago State (3-13) return to Lambert Field on Sunday for the finale of the final non-conference weekend on the Boilermakers' schedule. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the game can be heard via the internet at www.purduesports.com.