March 27, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Highlighted by a four-hit day from Tyler Spillner, the Boilermakers scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, and right-hander Brad Schreiber tossed six shutout innings as Purdue split its weather-shortened series with Bradley in a 12-1 victory at Lambert Field on Sunday.
The Boilermakers scored four runs in the first, one in the second, three in the third and two apiece in the fourth and fifth innings to jump out to a 12-0 edge. Eight of the nine Purdue starters finished the game with at least one base knock and the Boilermakers totaled 16 hits as a team on the afternoon.
Spillner, who finished contest 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and three runs scored, saw his season batting average shoot up from .325 entering the day to its current .356. He led off the game with a double to right on the first pitch he saw and opened the scoring on a wild pitch after an Eric Charles single advanced him to third. He added another double and run in the second, walked and scored in the third and capped off the perfect day with singles in the fourth and sixth innings.
Schrieber (4-0), who more than likely threw more pitches in the bullpen trying to stay warm between innings than in the actual game, dominated over six solid innings. The sophomore scattered three hits, all singles, and retired the side in order in each of his final five innings of work. He struck out seven and posted his first walk-free game of the season to earn his fourth win of the year.
Bradley starter John Nasshan (2-2) was charged with the loss after allowing five runs on seven hit in just two innings of work.
Other offensive standouts for Purdue included Charles' two-hit, three-RBI effort and a bases-loaded three-run double by Ryan Bridges. Kevin Plawecki, David Miller and Payton Bieker all paired hits in the win.
The Boilermakers will return to action on Tuesday when they host IPFW for the final nonconference game before opening Big Ten play at Minnesota next weekend. First pitch against the Mastodons is slated for 4 p.m. at Lambert Field.