April 6, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: #19 Purdue 7, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (10-16, 3-4 Big Ten), Purdue (22-5, 5-2 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Saturday, April 7 -- vs. Purdue (Rocky Miller Park), 1 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 19 Purdue raced out to an early three-run advantage and Northwestern was unable to get its offense going as the Wildcats dropped the series-opener 7-0 Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
The Boilermakers had their first four men of the game reach base on a walk and two singles sandwiched around a double. Coupled with a sacrifice fly, the visitors were able to tally three times against Francis Brooke in the top of the first.
Brooke was dominant after the rough opening frame as he surrendered just two more hits over the next six innings. The right-hander faced the minimum in the second inning and retired Purdue in order in the fourth, sixth and seventh.
In fact, Brooke retired 11 consecutive batters from the fifth through eighth innings. He set down the first two batters in the eighth before before the Boilermakers were able to break the game open with a two-out rally. Purdue strung together five straight two-out hits as they tacked on four big insurance runs.
That was plenty of support for Joe Haase who was able to keep Northwestern batters off balance all game long. The righty tossed six 1-2-3 innings, allowing only singles to Geoff Rowan in the third and Jack Havey in the fifth and a walk to Havey in the eighth.
Purdue collected 12 hits in the contest, three apiece by Cameron Perkins and Kevin Plawecki while Angelo Cianfrocco drove in three runs.
The teams continue their series with a contest at 1 p.m. Saturday.
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