Purdue Trio Helps NW Indiana Win MCL Championship

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Wood was 7-for-12 with five runs scored during Northwest Indiana's playoff run.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Kyle Wood was 7-for-12 with five runs scored during Northwest Indiana's playoff run.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Aug. 6, 2012


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's Brandon Krieg, Bennett Oliver and Kyle Wood all saw action in each of the four playoff games for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen, helping their summer league team win the Midwest Collegiate League championship crown.

The Oilmen went 4-0 in the playoffs, winning the title Sunday (Aug. 6) with a 6-2 victory against the DeKalb County Liners. Northwest Indiana swept its best-of-three playoff series against both DuPage County and DeKalb. The Oilmen were the first team in the eight-team Midwest Collegiate League to clinch a playoff berth but ended up finishing one game behind DeKalb in the final standings with a 28-16 record.

Northwest Indiana scored seven times in the ninth inning of its win at DeKalb Friday (Aug. 3), surging ahead for a 12-6 victory after the game was tied 5-5 entering the frame. Krieg, Oliver and Wood each singled and scored during the extended rally.

Krieg, Oliver and Wood, who were all freshmen at Purdue during the 2012 Big Ten championship season, each started all four games of the playoff run. Wood was a team-best 7-for-12 with five free passes and five runs scored. He had three hits in the clincher against DuPage County and the game one win at DeKalb. The Chicagoland area native redshirted in the spring for Purdue due to arm surgery in the fall of 2011, but he is projected as a two-way contributor as a first baseman/designated hitter as well as a left-handed pitcher going forward.

Krieg was 3-for-12 with two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in the playoffs after batting .276 with 13 stolen bases as the regular second baseman during the summer season. He drove in a run in the championship series clincher with a sacrifice fly.

Oliver went 4-for-17 in the playoffs, connecting for a solo homer in the Aug. 3 win at DeKalb. He was a regular at third base and shortstop throughout the summer season, batting .292 with 15 extra-base hits and 20 RBI in 29 games.

Joe Eichmann also pitched for the Northwest Indiana Oilmen this summer but was shut down for the rest of the season after pitching 8 2/3 innings in his July 4 start.

Meanwhile in Massachusetts, Sean McHugh's Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox team in the Cape Cod League is playing well as the playoffs approach. Yarmouth-Dennis enters the week having won six games in a row, clinching a playoff berth and moving within one standing point of first place in the five-team Eastern Division. The Cape Cod League playoffs begin later this week. McHugh has seen more action as of late as the starting catcher, reaching base safely in nine of last 10 games he has played.

In pro ball, program alumni Dan Black (.375), Cameron Perkins (.359) and Kevin Plawecki (.286) have all been swinging hot bats over the last 10 games. Black connected for his 12th home run of the season Saturday (Aug. 4) during Winston-Salem's six-run third inning rally.

Nick Wittgren ranks second in the New York-Penn League with 11 saves for the Jamestown Jammers. His 31 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings are the most among regular closers in the 14-team NYPL. Fellow 2012 bullpen ace Blake Mascarello (3-1, 1.31 ERA) continues to also pitch well for the Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League. Mascarello has surrendered an earned run in only one of his 10 appearances for the Philadelphia Phillies affiliate. And before giving up three runs in a relief appearance Sunday (Aug. 5), Lance Breedlove had surrendered only one run over a stretch of 15 2/3 innings spanning more than a month. He earned his first professional victory July 26 with two innings of one-hit relief for the State College Spikes of the NYPL.

As for the Phillies big league club, alumnus Josh Lindblom has pitched in three of their five games since he was acquired from the Dodgers in a July 31 trade. Saturday (Aug. 3), Lindblom struck out a pair in a scoreless eighth inning, earning his 17th hold of the season while serving as the bridge from Roy Halladay to Jonathan Papelbon. Philadelphia defeated the Arizona Diamonbacks in shutout fashion, 3-0.

Also on the East Coast, fellow 2008 alumnus Andy Loomis recently was placed with the Bowie Baysox of the Double-A Eastern League. Not only is it Loomis' third team of the summer in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, but also his third level of Minor League action. The lefty has also pitched for the High A Fredrick Keys and Triple-A Norfolk Tides this season.