MINNEAPOLIS - Purdue baseball led Minnesota 5-2 in the middle of the seventh inning when a partial power outage led to the game being suspended until Friday.
Action will resume Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers and Gophers will play at least 20 ½ innings Friday because a doubleheader will follow the completion of the resumed game. Due to rain in the forecast for Saturday, the teams will conclude the three-game series with the Friday doubleheader.
An off-site transformer went down at approximately 8:50 p.m. CT as players were warming up to begin the bottom of the seventh. The scoreboard lost power but only some of the field lights went out. However, it was determined there was not enough light for the game to continue. The decision was made at 10:10 p.m. to resume the game Friday.
Purdue (27-24, 10-11 B1G) continues to control its own destiny in the Big Ten Tournament chase. Michigan State defeated No. 16 Michigan on Friday, allowing the Spartans (10-12 B1G) to pull even with the Boilermakers in the win column for the eighth and final tournament berth. Michigan State will win a potential head-to-head tiebreaker with Purdue. Northwestern (11-11) was also a winner Thursday, officially eliminating Rutgers. Illinois and Ohio State were also eliminated from Big Ten Tournament contention.
Meanwhile, Minnesota (32-17, 14-6 B1G) can still win the conference. Nebraska (14-7-1 B1G) and Michigan (14-8) both lost Thursday. Iowa (14-8) also reached the 14-win mark with its win at Illinois.
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Tanner Andrews put together his seventh quality start of the season, limiting the Big Ten’s top hitting team to two runs on three hits over six innings. He worked four 1-2-3 innings. All three hits he allowed came consecutively in the bottom of the fifth.
Ross Learnard was warming up on the mound for Purdue when the power outage delay went into effect.
Nick Dalesandro and Hayden Grant both reached into the Purdue dugout to snare a foul pop up. Dalesandro’s catch was a key second out in the second inning as Minnesota had runners on second and third at the time. Andrews struck out the next batter to escape the jam. Grant made a similar play to retire the Gophers’ cleanup hitter.
The Boilermakers scored all five of their runs on plays in which the ball did not leave the infield. Minnesota’s four errors led to all five runs being unearned. Purdue scored runs on a pair of RBI ground outs, a squeeze bunt base hit, a wild pitch and an ill-advised glove flip by the Gophers’ second baseman on a hit-and-run infield hit.
Milo Beam and Grant both scored a pair of runs. Beam had three successful bunts, two going for infield hits along with a sacrifice bunt in which he also reached safely after Minnesota’s catcher threw the ball away down the right field line.
Harry Shipley executed the squeeze bunt in the third inning, beating the throw to first for a base hit. He ended up scoring on a two-out wild pitch. Shipley picked up another RBI in the top of the fifth when Beam got a good jump off third to score on a grounder to the shortstop despite the infield playing halfway.
Evan Warden drove in Purdue’s first run with an RBI ground out in the third inning. It was his grounder to second base that led to the Boilermakers’ final run of the night as well. With the runners in motion, he hit a slow chopper to second base. Grant didn’t stop running and was able to score from second after Luke Pettersen tried to flip the ball with his glove to first. Instead, the ball rolled slowly to first base and was ruled an error.
Minnesota’s four errors were committed by its starting pitcher, catcher, first baseman and second baseman.
A game was suspended in the Boilermakers last visit to Minneapolis as well. An extended Saturday night rain delay led to the game being finished Sunday morning.
The Big Ten Network was slated to televise Friday’s originally scheduled 7:30 p.m. ET game. Instead, one of the two full games played Friday will likely be shown on BTN via tape delay at 7:30.
Purdue has not played a doubleheader since closing its spring break trip with a twinbill sweep at Santa Clara.