May 17, 2005
EASTLAKE, Ohio - Cleveland State entered the game with a 9-32 record, but it was Purdue that played like a team that had only won nine games this season as the Vikings handed the Boilermakers a 10-3 defeat at Classic Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The Boilermakers committed five errors and allowed CSU to bat around in the order twice during the game as the Vikings pounded out 15 hits. Purdue managed just eight hits and just one in the final four innings of the game.
Purdue scored first, putting an unearned run across the plate in the first inning. Mike Coles singled to right-center and then moved to third base on a failed pickoff attempt that was thrown away by CSU pitcher Matt Kaltenbach. Eric Wolfe grounded out to shortstop to drive home the run, giving Purdue the lead.
The Vikings responded in grand fashion in the second inning, blasting Purdue hurler Andrew Groaves for seven hits and six runs. A two-run single by Steve Chinn, a two-run double by Kolin Kelly and a solo home run by Dominic Erney highlighted the inning for Cleveland State.
Jeff Mojzik drew the Boilermakers to within three runs in the fifth inning with a two-run homer to left, the first home run of his collegiate career. However, the roundtripper was not enough as Purdue would manage just one hit for the remainder of the contest.
To add insult to injury, CSU posted a four-run inning in the seventh to end the scoring at 10-3. The Vikings loaded the bases with no outs and then picked up two-run singles by Bobby Cash and Mike Ochwat. The base hit by Ochwat was his fifth of the game, going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate.
Groves was hit with the loss, moving his record to 0-2 for the season. Groves yielded six runs, four earned, in 1.2 innings while striking out two and walking one. Kaltenbach threw his third complete game of the season, upping his record to 4-6. The CSU hurler struck out eight without allowing a walk.
Purdue and Cleveland State return to the diamond on Wednesday, this time at Forest Hill Park on the CSU campus. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT.