Purdue's Most Memorable Games of 2013

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Conner Hudnall connected for a three-run homer in the season-opening win & a three-run double in the ninth inning of what turned out to be the Boilers' final victory of the year.

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Conner Hudnall connected for a three-run homer in the season-opening win & a three-run double in the ninth inning of what turned out to be the Boilers' final victory of the year.
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May 22, 2013


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Even during a frustrating season such as 2013, one in which wins were much tougher to come by for Purdue baseball, there are still a handful of memorable games that standout for various reasons.

Each of the Boilers' final six Big Ten games could legitimately be on this Top 10 list after all six were impacted by late rallies or not decided until the late innings. But those contests are also freshest in the memory. A look back at the entire 51-game season, played over the course over 14 weeks from mid-February through mid-May, reveals a more accurate portrait of the highs and lows of a busy spring.

The following is a compilation of the Boilers' top games of 2013 as selected by the athletics communications staff. First up though, a second list of 10 honorable mention games is also offered for your consideration.

Honorable Mention
Feb. 17 - Purdue 5, Connecticut 3: Ramer goes the distance, Boilermakers turn three double plays >>> Full Recap | Boxscore
Feb. 22 - at Mississippi State 3, Purdue 2: Minch keeps nation's fifth-ranked team off the scoreboard until giving up a solo home run in the sixth. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore
Feb. 23 - at Mississippi State 7, Purdue 6: Boilermakers record first hits & runs against MSU closer Jonathan Holder but strand potential tying run at third >>> Full Recap | Boxscore
March 12 - Purdue 7, at Cincinnati 4: Purdue races out to 6-0 lead, Ramer finishes one out shy of another complete game >>> Full Recap | Boxscore
March 31 - Purdue 7, at Penn State 5: Schreiber strikes out nine, Lutz works four scoreless frames & Boilers score twice in the eighth to finish off their first-ever sweep at PSU >>> Full Recap | Boxscore
April 24 - at Purdue 20, Illinois-Chicago 0: Boilermakers score 15 times in second inning; Estill & Wood both homer & finish with a combined 12 RBI >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Photo Gallery 1 | Photo Gallery 2
May 5 - at Purdue 10, Southern Illinois 5: Seniors Cianfrocco (4 RBI) and Andrzejewski (4 2/3 IP, 0 H, 3 K) lead the way as Purdue completes its first series sweep at Alexander Field >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Photo Gallery
May 10 - at Michigan 9, Purdue 8: Back and fourth game goes to the home team after bad breaks go against the Boilers >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay (PPV)
May 11 - at Michigan 10, Purdue 6: Purdue commits seven errors but game is tied 5-5 entering bottom eighth after Boilers' score five in top seventh >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay (PPV)
May 17 - Iowa 9, at Purdue 5 (10 Innings): Boilermakers score three with two outs in the ninth to send game to extra innings; McHugh (4-for-5, 2 HR, 12 total bases) enjoys big night >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay (PPV) | Photo Gallery

10.) May 4 - at Purdue 5, Southern Illinois 3: While sweeping Southern Illinois at home the weekend of May 3-5, the Boilermakers trailed for only one-half inning of the entire series. The middle game of the set was the most tightly contested, with starting pitchers Sam Coonrod (8) and Jordan Minch (7) combining for 15 Ks. Josh Estill was the star at the plate for the Boilers, recording a trio of run-scoring hits. He delivered the go-ahead RBI in the bottom of the seventh when his two-out double to left center plated Kyle Wood from first base. Minch had another strong outing, allowing SIU to score in only one of the seven innings he started. But it was Tim McElroy that got the big out of the game, striking out SIU's No. 7 hitter to leave the bases loaded and keep the game tied in the seventh inning. Brad Schreiber closed the game out for his first save since 2010, striking out three of the four batters he faced and also standing the potential tying run at third base to end the top of the eighth with the Boilers clinging to a one-run lead. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Photo Gallery

9.) March 15 - Purdue 4, at Evansville 3: Finally blessed with some good baseball weather early in the season, the opener of the Purdue-Evansville series featured two quality outings from the starting pitchers and an exciting finish in which the outcome was still very much in question until the final out of the ninth. In what turned out to be his best start of the season, Brad Schreiber struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball. Purdue pitching left 11 runners on base, highlighted by Patrick Kenney stranding two runners on base in both the seventh and ninth innings. Sean McHugh also threw out the Evansville leadoff man trying to steal to erase an inning-opening single in the ninth. Offensively, Stephen Talbott was involved in each of the Boilers' two-run rallies. He delivered a two-out RBI double in the fourth, later stealing third base and scoring when the third baseman didn't catch the throw. Freshmen Cody Strong and Jack Amaro delivered back-to-back RBI in the top of the sixth after consecutive hits from Conner Hudnall and Talbott. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore

8.) Feb. 15 - Purdue 11, Connecticut 8: For the third consecutive year the Boilers squared off against and defeated Connecticut in its season opener at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. Purdue blew the game open early with a seven-run fourth inning. Brandon Krieg and Stephen Talbott delivered consecutive two-run doubles over the left fielder's head during the big rally. Conner Hudnall connected for a three-run homer to right field an inning later, becoming the first Boiler to go deep in his team debut since 2010. With starting pitcher Brad Schreiber on a strict pitch count in his first start coming back from injury since April 2011, the bullpen had to get 15 outs for Purdue. Eddie De LaRiva gave up six hits over 2 2/3 innings but got some big outs to keep UConn from putting together another big inning. Patrick Kenney induced a key double play with the tying run on first in the bottom of the eighth and went on to close out the win. Behind a complete-game effort from Robert Ramer two days later, the Boilers defeated UConn against to improve to 4-0 against the Huskies the last three years. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore

7.) Feb. 22 - Purdue 9, Samford 4: The Diamond Classic at Dudy Noble Field hosted by Mississippi State the second weekend of the season featured three teams that had played in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Purdue and Samford were scheduled to play five times in 2013 and the first two meetings, both in Starkville, were not decided until the eighth inning. A five-run rally for Purdue was the difference on this day. Led by four hits apiece from Brand Krieg and Conner Hudnall, the Boilers had 16 hits in the win. Six came in the eighth inning, including three straight to ignite the rally. Hudnall scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Jake Hansen's sacrifice fly put Purdue in front for good. Eddie De LaRiva backed up a quality start from Brad Schreiber (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 K) with three innings of one-run relief. The freshman induced a key 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning to keep the Boilers within a run. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore

6.) April 27 - Purdue 11, at Michigan State 5: The Boilermakers entered the day having lost nine straight Big Ten games. On the mound for Michigan State was right-hander David Garner, who had been the only pitcher to shutout Purdue's 2012 Big Ten championship team. But the Boilers scored in the first inning on this day and went on to put up four runs while the junior was on the mound. Three straight singles for Sean McHugh, Kyle Wood and Josh Estill followed by a sacrifice fly from Jack Picchiotti helped Purdue score twice in the top of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. The Boilermakers went on to plate multiple runs in each of the final four innings, all proving to be key tallies after MSU also scored at least once in the bottom half of the final three frames. Jordan Minch led the way with seven innings of two-run ball. He pitched out of numerous jams while not recording a 1-2-3 inning. After inducing a pair of ground ball double plays early in the game, the key sequence for Minch came in the sixth inning. Three straight one-out singles for MSU had loaded the bases and put the tying run in scoring position at second base. Minch came back to retire the next two batters on a strikeout and a comebacker to end the threat. >>> http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/042713aab.html">Full Recap | Boxscore

5.) April 5 - at Purdue 13, Northwestern 4: It took until the sixth home game of the season, but the Boilers' first win at Alexander Field was worth the wait. Five straight two-out hits in the first inning gave Purdue an early 3-0 lead. But the Boilers blew the game open with six-run bottom of the third, taking advantage of two Northwestern errors. Eleven men came to the plate in the inning and every batter in the Purdue lineup either recorded an RBI or scored a run in the frame. Entering the night, Northwestern's Zach Morton had surrendered only 11 runs in 40 innings pitched. The Boilermakers scored nine times in four innings against the senior. Jack Picchiotti hit the first Purdue home run at Alexander Field to cap a three-hit night. Conner Hudnall drove in a run in three different innings. In his second series-opening start of the season, Jordan Minch was still on the mound in the eighth and did not issue a walk on the night. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay (PPV) | Photo Gallery

4.) May 16 - Iowa 2, at Purdue 1 (11 Innings): Seniors Robert Ramer and Matt Dermody made the most of their final college starts on this night. The two veterans went toe-to-toe in the top pitcher's duel of the year and were both still on the mound in the 10th inning. Ramer pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning and the Boilers had already recorded a pair of 3-2 putouts at the plate when a two-out wild pitch gave Iowa the lead in the top of the fifth. Ramer went on to retire 16 consecutive batters from the fifth through 10th innings. Purdue tied the game in the seventh thanks to a leadoff double from Josh Estill and a RBI single from Kyle Wood. Dermody induced three ground ball double plays and pitched over a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth. A leadoff walk, sac bunt and two-out single from Anthony Torres gave Iowa the lead in the top of the 11th. Ramer finally left the mound with two outs in the same frame, striking out eight while throwing over 140 pitches in the second-longest outing in program history. But the real fireworks happened with two outs in the bottom of the 11th. With two men aboard, senior Angelo Cianfrocco hit a fly ball over the right field fence that was initially called a walk-off home run. As Purdue celebrated, Iowa asked for the umpires to confer. The home plate and middle infield umps over ruled the umpire along the right field line, calling it a foul ball. Iowa closed out the win two pitches later. It was one of only four NCAA Division I games around the country this season in which both starting pitchers were still on the mound in the 10th inning. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay (PPV) | Photo Gallery

3.) March 16 - Purdue 4, at Evansville 1: Game one of a Saturday doubleheader in southwest Indiana featured the most dominant pitching performances of the year. Jordan Minch gave up just two infield singles over six shutout innings, retiring 12 consecutive batters after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. He struck out the side in order in the bottom of the second. Meanwhile, Evansville's Kyle Lloyd struck out 12 Boilers in a complete-game effort. He carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, retiring 16 consecutive hitters after issuing a leadoff walk to begin the game. Jack Picchiotti broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out single and Kyle Wood followed with a big two-run double to right center that gave Purdue the lead. Evansville scored in the bottom of the seventh and nearly tied the game the next inning. Evansville cleanup hitter Jason Hockemeyer tried to score from first base after an errant throw got past Angelo Cianfrocco at first on an infield single. Cianfrocco retrieved the ball at the fence line and threw out Hockemeyer on a close play at the plate. Conner Hudnall made up for his throwing error in the top of the ninth by connecting for a two-run homer to right field. Robert Ramer went on to close out the win, earning his first save since 2010 in his first relief appearance of the season. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore

2.) March 30 - Purdue 5, at Penn State 4 (10 Innings): The Boilermakers would not have been able to post their first-ever sweep in Central Pennsylvania without getting off the mat in the 10th inning after seeing Penn State score twice in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game. The Nittany Lions had all the momentum after retiring the first two Purdue hitters in the 10th. But a two-out walk to Jake Hansen gave Purdue life and rolled over the lineup. Stephen Talbott was hit by a pitch to bring up Sean McHugh, who was just 1-for-10 in the series at that point. McHugh took the count full and smacked a single through the left side to plate Hansen as the go-ahead run. Brett Andrzejewski made up for giving up the game-tying, two-run single in the ninth by working a 1-2-3 10th against PSU's 3-4-5 hitters. Robert Ramer (7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 K) had given the Boilers another quality start, out dueling fellow senior and four-year weekend starter Steven Hill (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 K) of PSU. The victory was Purdue's fifth straight in extra innings dating back to April 2011. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore

1.) May 12 - Purdue 12, at Michigan 9: In what was a fitting end to a wild weekend series in Ann Arbor, Purdue avoided getting swept by scoring four times with two outs in the ninth inning to account for the team's most impressive and dramatic comeback of the season. But this game also featured a grand slam from Sean McHugh as well as five-run rallies in both the top and bottom half of the sixth inning. The Boilermakers took an early lead thanks to another extended rally in the second inning, capping an 11-game stretch in which Purdue enjoyed a 34-2 scoring edge in the second frame. Errors were a problem for the Boilers all series and a throwing error on a bunt helped Michigan tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. McHugh hit the first grand slam by a Boiler since April 2012 in the top of the sixth, ruining senior day for the Wolverines' new reliever Kyle Clark. But five singles, a sacrifice fly and a walk helped Michigan score five times in the bottom of the inning to tie the game again. Kyle Johnson singled with one out in the ninth to cap a 5-for-9 weekend in which he drew five walks and scored seven times. After Cody Strong worked a two-out walk, Jack Picchiotti delivered the game-tying single up the middle. A walk to Brandon Krieg loaded the bases and Conner Hudnall came through with a three-run double to right field. Three or more runs were scored in an inning nine times in the series, including five five-run frames. Michigan pitchers issued 22 walks. >>> Full Recap | Boxscore | Watch Replay