April 10, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- First a lightning strike within 10 miles of Alexander Field followed by heavy rain showers forced the cancellation of Wednesday's Purdue-Ball State baseball game before it could be declared an official contest.
Ball State led 1-0 in the top of the fifth when the game was stopped due to lightning. It was not able to be resumed. A leadoff double followed by a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt had allowed the Cardinals to take the lead not long before the game was stopped.
Purdue head coach Doug Schreiber said afterwards that the game would not be finished nor would it be made up Wednesday, May 8, when the Boilers travel to Muncie for a midweek rematch with Ball State.
Purdue has already had three home games at Alexander Field canceled this spring due to cold weather, snow and now lightning and rain. The Purdue-Ball State game in West Lafayette last season was also rained out.
Gavin Downs made his first start on the mound for the Boilermakers Wednesday. The redshirt-freshman allowed a leadoff hit in three straight innings but was able to pitch over it in the third and fourth. Elbert DeVarie had two of BSU's four hits, including the double in the top of the fifth.
Clay Manering worked four innings of two-hit work for Ball State. He surrendered singles to Kyle Johnson and Jack Picchiotti. Johnson also made a nice diving catch in center field for the first out of the bottom of the second.
Purdue returns to action Friday when it opens a three-game Big Ten series at Illinois. The Boilermakers will be making their first appearance in Champaign-Urbana since 2010.