April 7, 2013
| at Purdue
| Final Score
|| NU 13, PUR 4
|| NU 14-10 (4-5 Big Ten), Purdue 11-18 (4-5 Big Ten)
| Next NU Event
|| vs. Valparaiso (Crestwood, Ill.), April 9, 6:30 p.m. CT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Northwestern's offense posted double-digit runs for the second time in a three-game series as the Wildcats toppled the Purdue Boilermakers in a Sunday matinee at Alexander Field, 13-4.
Northwestern's (14-10, 4-5 Big Ten) offense pounded out a season-high 19 hits in the victory with all nine starters collecting at least one hit in the win. It was the first time since March 4, 2012 that the Wildcats collected that many hits in a game when they did so against Chicago State in head coach Paul Stevens' 600th career victory. Seven players had at least one RBI against the Boilermakers and five of those 'Cats drove in at least two runs in the series finale.
Sophomore starting pitcher Brandon Magallones was sharp throughout on the mound for the Wildcats. The Manhattan, Ill., native allowed just one run on two hits in his first inning of work en route to his team-high fourth victory of the season. He ended his outing by surrendering four runs on nine hits; he also struck out a pair.
It wasn't easy from the onset. For the third time in the series, Purdue (11-18, 4-5 Big Ten) was able to score in the first inning. Sean McHugh coaxed a one-out walk from Magallones and scored two batters later when Kyle Wood grounded out to Kyle Ruchim at second base. Magallones then fanned Kyle Johnson swinging to end the inning.
The Wildcats went to work against Purdue starting pitcher Brad Schreiber in the top of the second inning. Freshmen Zach Jones and Josh Perlmutter singled up the middle on the first pitch of their respective at-bats before Jake Straub stayed red-hot with his fifth-straight single to allow Jones to score. Perlmutter came home when Luke Dauch reached on an error by Purdue first baseman Angelo Cianfrocco and Straub scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Colby Everett.
After Dauch stole second and moved to third on a groundout, he was able to scored when Trevor Stevens flared a ball over the second baseman in shallow right field. Stevens scored the Wildcats' final run of the inning from first base when Ruchim belted his team-best eighth double of the season off the base of the wall in right-center field. After an inning and a half, Northwestern has matched its largest lead of the series with a 5-1 cushion.
Jones and Perlmutter singled again to lead off the top of the third inning before Dauch walked with one away to load the bases. Everett stepped up and clubbed his second double of the season to right field, allowing Jones to score to make it 6-1, Northwestern.
Purdue summoned relief pitcher Joe Eichmann from the bullpen and he was greeted by NU's Walker Moses who placed a single into right field to allow Dauch and Everett to score and extend the lead to seven runs, 8-1.
Magallones continued to work efficiently on the mound and the offense continued to pile on he runs. Dauch led off the fifth inning with his first career home run over the wall in right-center field to build Northwestern's lead to 9-1. Dauch's blast was the first Wildcats home run since March 22 when Jack Havey went yard against Iowa in the Big Ten opener. It was also only the third homer hit in the young history of Alexander Field.
The Boilermakers scratched out a run on two hits in the bottom of the fifth, but Northwestern pushed across another run in the sixth inning when Straub singled to left field with the bases loaded to bring Ruchim home and extend the advantage back to eight runs.
Purdue opened its half of the sixth inning with five consecutive singles, which led to two runs before Magallones struck out Brandon Kreig with the bat on his shoulder to halt the streak. The right-hander got a line drive to Stevens and a foul out to Straub behind the plate to limit the damage to a pair of runs.
Jones helped the Wildcats get one of those tallies right back in the top of the seventh. The Glenview, Ill., native laced a single up the middle for his career-high fourth hit and Stevens scored on the play to make it 11-4 in favor of the 'Cats. Jones became the second Northwestern hitter to achieve a career high with four hits in the series joining Straub who accomplished the feat on Saturday.
Everett drove in his third run of the game with a double deep to left that allowed Straub to score the 12th run of the afternoon for Northwestern. Sunday marked the second time this week that the Scottsdale, Ariz., native posted three RBI in a victory having also done so in Tuesday's 14-12 triumph over St. Francis at Rocky Miller Park.
The 'Cats added another run in the eighth when Straub scored when Stevens legged out an infield single fir his second RBI of the afternoon.
Magallones was relieved to start the bottom of the seventh by Ethan Bramschreiber. The right-hander threw a perfect inning before being lifted for Ruchim to open the eighth. The junior tossed a pair of scoreless innings to conclude the contest for NU.
Northwestern will return to nonconference play on Tuesday, April 9 against the Valparaiso Crusaders at 6:30 p.m. The game will be held at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Ill., the home of the Frontier League's Windy City Thunderbolts. The ballpark is located at 14011 South Kenton Ave., Crestwood, Ill., 60445. Admission will be FREE for the ballgame.
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