April 20, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
On Friday evening the Purdue Nine did what had not been done so far this season - hand the Michigan Wolverines a Big Ten loss. The Boilermakers knocked off 17th-ranked Michigan 7-2 at Ray Fisher Stadium in front of nearly 1,000 spectators.
Tony Sedlmeyer won for the second consecutive Friday, Andrew Groves recorded his second save of the season, and Dan Black and John Cummins each drove in three runs to propel Purdue (17-14, 7-5 Big Ten) to victory.
Sedlmeyer (5-2) went 5.0 innings for the win, allowing five hits and two runs while striking out two. Groves went the final 4.0 innings, striking out six of the 13 batters he faced without allowing a base runner beyond first.
The Boilermakers struck first in the top of the second inning on a safety squeeze by Eric Osborn that plated Jeff Mojzik from third. Mojzik led off the frame with a single up the middle, swiped second and advanced to third on a grounder by John Cummins.
Michigan tied the game in the home half of the second on an RBI single by Kevin Cislo that scored Adam Abraham from third.
The Wolverines scored the following inning to take a 2-1 lead, scoring on a triple by Eric Rose and a sacrfice fly by Jason Christian.
Purdue responded to the Michigan lead with a two-spot in the fourth inning to retake the lead 3-2. A leadoff single by Ryne White came around to score on Dan Black's double to left field. Black moved to third on a bunt by Mojzik and scored on Cummins' single to left-center.
Black drove home two more runs with a second double in the fifth inning, plating Nick Overmyer
and Spencer Ingaldson
. A walk to Mojzik loaded the bases for Cummins, who singled to right-center to drive in White, giving Purdue a 6-2 lead.
Purdue tacked on a seventh run in the seventh on a Cummins sacrifice fly, driving home White from third. White led off the inning with a single, moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a base hit by Mojzik, setting up Cummins' RBI.
The middle of the Purdue lineup was key in the victory as the 3-4-5-6 hitters in the order - White, Black, Mojzik and Cummins - were a combined 8-for-13 at the plate with five runs scored and six runs driven in.
The Boilermakers return to Ray Fisher Stadium on Saturday for a twilight doubleheader against Michigan. The twinbill begins at 4:05 p.m., with both games broadcast on WLAS 1410 AM in the Lafayette area and on the web at purduesports.com.