April 7, 2012
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: #19 Purdue 3, Northwestern 1
Records: NU (10-17, 3-5 Big Ten), Purdue (23-5, 6-2 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 8 -- vs. Purdue (Rocky Miller Park), 1 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern put the tying runs on base in the seventh and ninth innings and the go-ahead runs on base in the eighth, but its rally came up short in falling to 19th-ranked Purdue 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Two of the top pitchers in the Big Ten squared off in the contest as NU freshman right-hander Brandon Magallones opposed righty Lance Breedlove of Purdue. The duo came into the contest having the top two strikeout totals in the conference.
The Boilermakers got on the board first with a two-out rally in the first as Cameron Perkins singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Kevin Plawecki. The lead grew to 2-0 in the third as Eric Charles doubled with one away and scored on an RBI single by Perkins. Purdue threatened for more, but Magallones was able to strand the bases loaded.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats had trouble getting things going against Breedlove. The three-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Week hit batters in the second and third innings but didn't allow a basehit until Paul Snieder led off the fourth with a single.
Magallones lasted just four innings as he surrendered seven hits and three walks, but left the game with Northwestern trailing by only two runs. Michael Jahns came on relief to start the fifth and did a stellar job. He settled into a groove after working around a pair of hits in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Jahns retired eight in a row from the sixth through eighth innings as NU's offense finally came to life. Geoff Rowan started the seventh with a single and he moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Chris Kontos followed with an RBI single to make it a 2-1 game. Breedlove was able to retire the next two batters to keep Purdue's lead at one.
Blake Mascarello came on to start the bottom of the eighth on the mound for the Boilermakers. Snieder singled with one out for his third hit of the day before an error on a ball hit by Jack Havey put two aboard for the 'Cats. However, Mascarello got a strikeout before Nick Wittgren came on to get another one to escape the jam.
Purdue would add a huge insurance run in the top of the ninth as Stephen Talbott hit a leadoff single and eventually came in to score on a sac fly by Charles to make it a two-run game.
Northwestern mounted one final charge in its half of the ninth as Nick Linne opened the frame with a double down the left field line. A walk by Hamilton Wise with one out put the tying runs aboard, but Wittgren got a strikeout and a popout to end the game.
The teams conclude their three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday. A pregame egg hunt will get underway at 12:30 p.m.
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