April 1, 2014
CHICAGO -- Purdue baseball committed a season-high four errors and gave up six runs in an inning twice, losing at Illinois-Chicago, 18-5, Tuesday evening.
The Boilermakers' Ted Snidanko was injured when he collided with the center field fence while making a running catch for the first out of the bottom of the fifth. He was responsive as he was taken off the field by paramedics. He was taken to a local hospital for stitches and was expected to return to West Lafayette early Wednesday morning.
The Flames (9-13) were ahead 10-0 before Purdue (5-19) finally got on the board with a three spot in the top of the fourth. Brandon Krieg connected for a solo homer in the following frame, but UIC blew the game open again with another six-run rally in the seventh inning.
As the Boilers' third pitcher of the night, Matt Frawley worked three consecutive scoreless innings while retiring eight of the first 10 batters he faced. But three straight hits to open the bottom of the seventh led to the big inning. Alex Jurich connected for a grand slam after an error loaded the bases.
UIC starter Joe Perricone (2-0) retired the first 10 batters of the game before Purdue put together a one-out rally in the fourth inning. Walks to Cody Strong and Sean McHugh set the stage for an RBI single from Conner Hudnall and a run-scoring double from Kyle Wood. Hudnall would later score on a wild pitch.
McHugh (14-game reached safely), Hudnall (11-game reached safely), Wood (10-game reached safely) and Krieg (9-game hitting) all extended notable streaks Tuesday. Krieg connected for his first home run of the season and fourth career.
Purdue starter Adam Dressler (2-1) minimized the damage in the first inning thanks to a 6-4-3 double play after the first three batters of the game reached base safely for UIC. But he was unable to get the third out of the second inning, surrendering a three-run homer to the final batter he faced.
Jordan Lewis started at designated hitter, seeing his first action since Feb. 22 after being sideline by a broken bone in his hand. Snidanko made his first start since March 7.
The Boilermakers return to action Friday when they open a three-game Big Ten series against Penn State for the first home weekend of the season at Alexander Field. Friday's game is set to be televised live by the Big Ten Network.