March 18, 2013
Boxscore: Purdue 4, Evansville 1
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Purdue baseball's Jordan Minch did not surrender a hit that left the infield in his six shutout innings in the game two win at Evansville Saturday, earning Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for his impressive start.
Minch helped the Boilers clinch their first victorious weekend of the season with the best start of his young college career. The lefty won his pitcher's duel with Evansville's Kyle Lloyd, retiring 12 consecutive batters at one point while not allowing a hit until the fifth inning. The game was scoreless until Kyle Wood delivered a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning. Purdue went on to win, 4-1.
Minch joins Josh Estill (Feb. 18) as Boilers to win Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors this season. Minch shared the award this week with Northwestern's Zach Jones, who had four hits in four at-bats, highlighted by a game-tying pinch-hit single with two outs in the ninth inning of a game the Wildcats went on to win in the 10th.
In each of his last two starts, Minch has put together a double-figure streak of consecutive batters retired. After setting down 10 in a row March 9 at Illinois-Chicago, the lefty was even more locked in against Evansville. The streak of 12 consecutive batters retired from the first through fifth innings was highlighted by a three-strikeout bottom of the second. After an infield single and two-out walk in the fifth inning set up a scoring opportunity for the Aces, Minch fanned the No. 2 hitter to record all three outs in that inning via the strikeout as well.
The Highland, Ind., native finished his day with a season-high seven strikeouts. The two hits he allowed were the infield single in the fifth and a bunt single in the sixth.
Robert Ramer, Brad Schreiber and Minch were all strong candidates for Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors. Ramer earned a win and a save last week with 10 2/3 innings of four-run ball, finishing just one out shy of a complete-game victory Tuesday at Cincinnati and later closing out the game two win at Evansville. Schreiber had his best start of the season Friday with six innings of one-run ball against the Purple Aces, striking out a season-high seven while surrendering only four hits. Minnesota's Ben Meyer won Pitcher of the Week after tossing a complete-game shutout in a home win against Indiana State.
Schreiber, Minch and Ramer are scheduled to be Purdue's starters for the upcoming Big Ten weekend series against Ohio State (March 22-24). Ramer will also start Tuesday's home opener and Alexander Field debut game against Illinois-Chicago Tuesday, now set for a 4 p.m. first pitch.