April 4, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS - No. 19 Purdue baseball scored in each of the first three innings and did not surrender an official hit until the fifth, cruising to a 6-1 victory against Anderson University Wednesday evening at Minor League Baseball stadium Victory Field.
The Boilermakers (21-5) won an 11th straight true midweek game dating back to March of 2011 and improved to 7-1 in neutral-site games this season.
Six Purdue pitchers teamed up to record 11 strikeouts while facing 31 batters. Pat Gannon struck out five of the eight batters he faced over two innings of scoreless relief.
Offensively, David Miller led the way with his second four-hit game as a Boiler while batting leadoff for the first time this season. He singled to begin the first and second innings, scoring in both frames. The senior had a hit in each of his four at-bats, punctuated by an RBI double in the fifth.
Freshman Brandon Krieg made his first start of the season and collected his first collegiate hit on a two-out single in the fifth inning. He scored moments later on Miller's double off the warning track in right center.
Anderson's only official hit was a leadoff single from Vince Moore in the bottom of the fifth. In the third inning, Jason Craft ripped a ball to the wall in left center for a triple. But he was called out for not touching first base when Purdue appealed.
Craft's triple was the only hit starting pitcher Robert Ramer surrendered. After Craft was called out, Ramer (2-0) successfully went nine-up, nine-down in his three innings. The right-hander struck out three and has now worked 17 2/3 innings this season without issuing a walk. The Boilermakers improved to 11-1 in Ramer's 12 career starts.
Purdue returns to action Friday when it begins a three-game weekend series at Northwestern. The series opener is slated for 4 p.m. ET.