April 8, 2011
Site: West Lafayette, Ind. (Lambert Field)
Score: Purdue 8, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (7-20, 1-3 Big Ten), Purdue (19-10, 2-2 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Saturday, April 9 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), Noon (TV: Big Ten Network)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue pitchers combined for 14 strikeouts as the Boilermakers defeated the University of Michigan baseball team, 8-0, in the series opener Friday afternoon (April 8) in Lambert Field. Sophomore Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) went 3-for-5 with a triple, but the Wolverines left 10 men on base as they were shut out for the second time this season.
Michigan had a good scoring chance in the top of the first off Purdue starter Matt Morgan. Biondi opened the game with a single and stole second. Freshman Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) reached on an error with one out. Both runners stole a base to put Wolverines on second and third with one out, but Morgan struck out junior Coley Crank (Pinole, Calif./Pinole Valley) and got junior John Lorenz (Frankfurt, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) to fly out to end the threat.
Purdue plated a run in the fourth. Sophomore Kyle Clark (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) retired the first eight Purdue hitters, but Eric Charles opened the fourth with a double down the leftfield line. Clark walked Kevin Plawecki with one out and gave up a single to Barrett Serrato to load the bases. Ryan Bridges flew out to right field. O'Neill's throw on the sacrifice fly was in time, but Charles avoided the tag to give the Boilermakers a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, it looked as if Michigan was going to use some two-out magic after Biondi tripled and redshirt senior Anthony Toth (Lorain, Ohio/St. Ignatius) was hit by a pitch. O'Neill then crushed a Morgan offering to leftfield, but Stephen Talbott caught the ball just in front of the fence for the third out. Purdue then jumped on Michigan in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five runs. Clark retired the first Boilermaker but walked David Miller, stole second and scored on a single from Tyler Spillner. Clark walked Charles and gave up a two-run triple, giving Purdue a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Ben Ballantine (Napa, Calif./Napa) came in and gave up a sacrifice fly, making it 5-0. Serrato ended the scoring in the fifth with a home run off the scoreboard in the rightfield gap.
Purdue ended its scoring in the eighth as Cameron Perkins drove in Spillner and Charles with a double off redshirt sophomore Matt Broder (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood).
Four of the first five Boilermakers in the lineup had two hits (Spillner, Charles, Perkins and Serrato). Morgan earned the win, going six innings with eight strikeouts on four hits. Nick Wittgren picked up his fifth save, striking out six in three innings of work. Clark was charged with the loss, allowing four hits and five runs with four walks in 4.1 innings. Ballantine struck out four in 2.2 innings, giving up a hit and a run with three walks.
Michigan and Purdue continue the three-game series this Saturday afternoon (April 9) at noon in West Lafayette, Ind. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423