MOREHEAD, Ky. - Four relief pitchers teamed up for 10 2/3 innings of three-run relief and Cameron Perkins delivered a bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning of game two, highlighting Purdue baseball's doubleheader split at Morehead State Saturday afternoon. The Boilermakers won game one 11-8 and dropped the nightcap, 10-9, in 11 innings.
The Eagles (1-5) won the nightcap in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 11th after both teams scored multiple runs in the ninth to extend the game. Purdue scored four times with outs in the top of the frame to turn a two-run deficit into a two-run lead. But MSU's Taylor Davis connected for a game-tying, two-run homer in the bottom the frame to force extra innings.
A hot shot one-hopper off the bat of Eric Bainer decided the game in the bottom of the 11th. With two on and two outs, the hit short hopped Eric Charles near the second base bag and caromed into left center, allowing the runner on second to score the game-winning run.
Angelo Cianfrocco homered twice in game two, posting his first collegiate multi-homer game. He finished the day 5-for-8 with four runs scored, reaching base safely in seven of his 10 plate appearances.
Sean Collins (1-0) and Lance Breedlove shut down the Morehead lineup in game one, working a combined five innings of scoreless after entering the game with the Boilers leading 9-8. Collins worked a pair of hitless innings and Breedlove closed the game out with three scoreless frames for his first Purdue save.
Robert Ramer was also solid out of the bullpen in game two, pitching three hitless innings of relief and keeping Purdue within striking distance.
The Boilermakers loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning of game two but MSU reliever Tyler Hieneman (1-0) was able to retire the next two hitters without a run scoring. With two out and Purdue trailing by two runs, Perkins delivered a double into the left field corner. Stephen Talbott scored from first base to give Purdue the lead.
Talbott finished the day 4-for-6 with a pair of walks and three runs scored despite not starting game one. Perkins, meanwhile, extended his hitting streak to nine consecutive games dating back to last season.
Purdue and Morehead are set to conclude the scheduled four-game series with another doubleheader Sunday at noon. Game two of Sunday's twinbill is slated to be a seven-inning contest.
Game One Recap Purdue scored five times with two outs in the first inning and led 7-0 after the top of the third. But Morehead stormed back, taking advantage of four errors by the Boilermakers to score six unearned runs against starter Matt Morgan. Andrew Deeds chased the senior right-hander when he popped a two-run, opposite-field home run over the 40-foot high netting in right field.
Collins recorded four of his six outs in relief via the strikeout. Beginning with an inning-ending K in the bottom of the fifth, Collins and Breedlove retired nine consecutive Morehead hitters. Breedlove left a pair of runners on base in the eighth and ninth innings to close out the victory.
Barrett Serrato and Ryan Bridges both delivered two-out, two-run hits in the big first inning. Serrato singled home a pair and Bridges followed with a double off the center field fence.
Brad Schreiber collected a hit in each of his first three at-bats of the day, beginning with a two-out single in the first inning to cap the rally. His base hit off the right field fence in the third plated two more.
With their lead reduced to a run by the seventh inning, Payton Bieker and Tyler Spillner drove in insurance runs with a ground out to third and two-out single to left, respectively.
Game Two Recap Schreiber had the key at-bat of Purdue's four-run ninth inning. Leading off the inning, he fouled off multiple pitches from Heineman and eventually drew a walk on a full-count pitch. David Miller followed with an infield single to third base, his third hit of the game. Down in the count, Talbott shortened his swing and singled through the left side to the load the bases for the top of the lineup.
Perkins' double into the left field corner was fair by only a few feet to the delight of his teammates. The Boilermakers caught a break moments later when MSU right field Luke Bainer lost Kevin Plawecki's fly ball in the lights and it landed for a double in short right field, allowing Perkins to score. That insurance kept Morehead from winning the game on Davis' two-run homer in the bottom of the frame.
After being Purdue's top reliever during the season-opening weekend at the BIG EAST-Big Ten Challenge, Nick Wittgren (0-1) was unable to close out the victory in Saturday's nightcap. The sophomore gave up back-to-back singles after Davis went deep, but pitched out of the jam thanks to a pair of fly ball outs.
Wittgren walked Davis with one out in the 11th and his pinch runner ended up scoring the game-winning run.
The Boilermakers got off to another fast start in game two, scoring three times in the first inning. Spillner, Charles and Perkins opened the game with three straight hits and Cianfrocco hit the first of his two solo homers.
Purdue starter Blake Mascarello cruised through the first two innings but an error burned the Boilers in the third inning, leading to four unearned runs. With runners on second and third and one out, Daniel Pugh hit a chopper to Perkins at third base. Perkins realized he had a play on the runner between third and home plate and ran toward him with the ball. The runner broke for home and Perkins' throw glanced off the glove of Plawecki and went to the backstop, allowing the runner to score and putting runners on second and third with still only one out.
The rally continued with an RBI ground out and consecutive run-scoring doubles.
The MSU lead was short lived. Cianfrocco led off the top of the fourth with his second home run to tie the game and Miller singled home Serrato to put Purdue back in front.
The Eagles regained the lead in the sixth, chasing Mascarello with three straight hits to open the inning. Ramer limited the damage, but not before issuing a bases-loaded walk that put Morehead up 7-5 until the ninth.