WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The first extra-innings game in the history of Alexander Field Thursday doubled as an even more unique contest after both starting pitchers, Purdue's Robert Ramer and Iowa's Matt Dermody, were still on the mound in the 10th inning.
An informal email query of other Division I schools Friday morning produced a list of three other games in which both starters were also on the mound to begin the 10th. At this point in the season, there have been approximately 14,800 Division I college baseball games played this year.
Ramer's 10 2/3 innings represented the second-longest outing in Purdue history, just one out shy of Jason Smith's 11-inning complete game in May 1991. Iowa's Anthony Torres drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the top of the 11th inning Thursday, helping his team win the game, 2-1. The Hawkeyes had gone to the bullpen to relieve Dermody after the lefty issued a two-out walk and hit a batter in the bottom of the 10th.
Ramer and Dermody are both seniors who were making their final collegiate starts Thursday. Combined, they threw 268 pitches - including 181 strikes.
Around the country this year, two pitchers have worked 11 innings as a starter - Central Arkansas' Jeffrey Enloe and Marist's Brett Houseal. Enloe has two victories in which he has pitched at least 10 innings this season.
Of the 10 Division I games in which one of the starting pitcher has worked 10-plus innings, the visiting team has won the game nine times.
The Purdue-Iowa series continues Friday with game two at 7 p.m. Ramer will be among the seven Purdue seniors honored prior to Saturday's series finale.
Both Starting Pitchers Still on the Mound in the 10th Inning - 2013 Season