April 8, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: #19 Purdue 8, Northwestern 4
Records: NU (10-18, 3-6 Big Ten), Purdue (24-5, 7-2 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Tueday, April 10 -- vs. St. Xavier (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Purdue went in front for good with a four-run fourth inning as the 19th-ranked Boilermakers took the series finale with Northwestern 8-4 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
The Wildcats struck first against Purdue starter Connor Podkul in the bottom of the first inning as Jack Havey doubled with two away and came around to score when Kyle Ruchim followed with a single to center.
The Boilermakers evened things in the ensuing half-inning as the 'Cats gift-wrapped a run for the visitors due to a pair of errors. Tyler Spillner notched an RBI single to tie the game 1-1.
Podkul settled down after the first inning and his teammates backed him up by stringing together five hits in a four-run top of the fourth against Zach Morton. David Miller scored from first on a hit by Andrew Dixon and an ensuing NU fielding error. Stephen Talbott had an RBI triple before Spillner plated him on a groundout. The guests got one final run in the frame on a run-scoring single by Cameron Perkins.
Luke Farrell replaced Morton on the mound to start the sixth and the Boilermakers added to their lead as Angelo Cianfrocco's infield single made it 6-1. Farrell was able to prevent any further damage by getting a strikeout of Miller with the bases loaded.
Northwestern got back in the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring twice to make it 6-3. Ruchim drilled a triple to the wall in right-center before Colby Everett followed with a double to left. He would later score on a single to left by Rowan to cut the Wildcats' deficit to three.
However, Perkins had a two-run single to left in the top of the seventh to push the lead right back to five.
NU was able to get one final run in the bottom of the ninth against closer Nick Wittgren. Rowan opened the inning by reaching on a bunt single and he eventually scored from second on a single to center by Hamilton Wise, but it wasn't enough.
Purdue finished with a 12-7 advantage in the hit column. Everett, Rowan and Ruchim had two hits apiece for Northwestern. Perkins and Dixon had three hits apiece for the Boilermakers. Morton (1-6) suffered the loss for the 'Cats, while Podkul worked six innings to get his first collegiate win.
Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday as it steps outside conference play to take on St. Xavier at Rocky Miller Park.
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