April 6, 2008
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The scoring started early and continued throughout the game for the Purdue Nine as the Boilermakers handed Iowa a 16-3 loss at Duane Banks Field, winning the Big Ten series three games to one.
The series win in Iowa City marked the first Big Ten road series win since the final weekend on 2005 against Indiana and the first series win at Iowa since 2003, when the Boilermakers took two of three in a rain-shortened weekend. The weekend also marked the first time Purdue won a four-game road series against the Hawkeyes since the Big Ten went to four-game series in 1981.
Purdue scored twice in the first inning to take the initial lead and then busted the game wide open in the second with six runs, highlighted by a grand slam to left by Dan Black. The blast by Black was the fourth of the season for the sophomore and the second grand slam of his career.
The Boilermakers scored in seven of the nine innings in the contest and rattled Iowa pitching for 20 hits, tying a season high first accomplished against Valparaiso on March 26.
Chris Ivanic picked up the win, his second of the season, pitching 2.0 innings of scoreless relief while striking out two. Kyle Cook pitched the final three innings to record a save, allowing one run while fanning three Iowa batters.
Purdue returns home for a midweek non-conference game against Illinois State on Wednesday at 4 p.m. before facing Penn State in a Big Ten series at Lambert Field on April 11-13.