Sept. 30, 2004
LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
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Eric Wolfe has played 104 games on the diamond at Purdue. Wolfe has amassed 307 at-bats and 90 hits in two years at Purdue. In those 104 games, 307 at-bats and 90 hits, Wolfe had not hit a home run. That changed on Thursday evening.
Although not an official NCAA game, junior first baseman Eric Wolfe hit a home run, then another, and then another, to pace the Purdue Black squad past the Purdue Gold in the opening contest of the 2004 Fall Series at Loeb Stadium in Lafayette.
Wolfe opened the scoring in the top of the first inning with a solo shot over the right field fence off Gold starting pitcher Scott Byrnes. The Gold squad answered the blast in the bottom of the second with a run on a sacrifice fly by Dan Stahl, scoring Chris Ivanic from third after a one-out triple.
The Black, and Wolfe, took over in the third inning.
Eric Osborn opened the frame with a walk and moved to second on a single by Jordan Comadena. Wolfe, who was 4-for-4 on the day, bunted for a single and a mishandled throw at first allowed Osborn to score. Andy Dahl ripped a triple to left-center to score two more runs and give the Black a 4-1 lead. The inning continued with an RBI single off the bat of Spencer Ingaldson, and the final run came across when Ingaldson scored on an A.J. Prickel sacrifice fly.
Tristan McIntyre relieved Byrnes on the mound to start the fourth and lost a one-out pitch over the right field wall to the bat of Wolfe, his second of the game.
Trailing 8-1, the Gold put together a four-run rally in the fifth inning, highlighted by a double high off the left-center field wall by Neal Gorka. With Eric Van Matre on the mound in relief of starter Mitch Pruemer, Mike Coles drew a leadoff walk and advanced 90 feet on a free pass to Mitch Hilligoss. A wild pitch moved both runner into scoring position, and Coles trotted home on a sacrifice fly by John Hunter. Gorka's drive plated Hilligoss, and the right fielder scored two batters later on a throwing error by third baseman Dane Wolfe. Matt Bush scored the final run of the inning on a steal of home, making the score 8-5.
The Black would answer the comeback attempt with two runs in the sixth, thanks again to a Wolfe bomb. With one down, Comadena reached on an error and allowed Wolfe to launch a drive off the scoreboard in right for two more RBI.
The Gold scored a final run in the sixth, but it was not enough to overcome the new-found power of the first baseman from Toronto.
Pruemer picked up the win, pitching four innings and allowing just one run. Nathan Riggle entered the game in the fifth with the tying run on deck and shut the Gold batters down, hurling the final 2.1 innings for the save.
Byrnes was hit with the loss, yielding seven runs, six earned, in three innings on the hill.
The Fall Series continues on Friday evening, Oct. 1, with a 7:30 p.m. contest under the lights of Loeb Stadium. Admission is free to all fans.