April 18, 2004
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EVANSTON, Ill. - Purdue scored seven runs in the first three innings and never looked back, as they defeated Northwestern 11-4 Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. The Boilermakers scored in each of the first five innings, dropping NU to 15-16-1 overall, 5-7 in the Big Ten. Purdue improves to 15-17, 6-6.
Purdue scored four runs in the top of the first inning as a one out walk and five straight Boilermaker hits plated the runs. Of the five hits, one was a home run, followed by back-to-back doubles.
Wildcat freshman pitcher George Kontos, making his fourth start of the season, gave up another run in the second inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Purdue loaded the bases on a walk and two singles.
Northwestern threatened in the bottom of the second inning, loading the bases with two outs. A slow roller to first base ended the Wildcat threat. In the game, the Wildcats left seven runners on base.
The Boilermakers tacked on two more runs in the top of the third as sophomore Julio Siberio relieved Kontos on the mound. After a strikeout, Kontos hit a batter and walked the next, as both came around to score on a two-RBI double down the left field line. Siberio entered the game, following the double, with two outs and after walking a batter, got a fielder's choice force out at third base to end the half inning.
Purdue scored one unearned run in the top of the fourth inning, as a passed ball allowed the Boilermaker run to cross the plate. Siberio hit the leadoff batter, which advanced to third on a single and a wild pitch.
NU scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning when Matt Brimmer hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Freshman second baseman Caleb Fields scored on the fly ball, reaching base on an error. Fields moved to third when Josh Lieberman's groundball to second base was mishandled.
Freshman Ryan Myers relieved Siberio to start the sixth inning. Siberio pitched two and two-third innings, giving up two runs (one earned), while striking out four. It was Siberio's 11 appearance of the season.
Myers did not disappoint.
In three full innings of relief, Myers struck out three and allowed only one hit, facing one over the minimum in three innings (9). He was making just his fourth appearance on the mound, and first in Big Ten play.
While Myers shut down the Purdue offense, NU scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Shortstop Jon Mikrut and first baseman Mark Ori each recorded RBI singles, while left fielder Anthony Wycklendt hit a sacrifice fly to deep left centerfield, missing a grand slam by a few feet.
Junior Chris Hayes took over mound duties from Myers in the ninth inning, allowing two runs to score on four hits. It was Hayes' Big Ten leading 20th appearance on the season.
Offensively for NU, designated hitter Dan Pohlman was 3-for-4, upping his season batting average to .305. The senior is batting .350 in Big Ten Conference action. Mikrut's RBI-single gave him 27 RBI on the year, three shy of his single-season high.
With his RBI-single, Ori now has a .381 Big Ten batting average, a team best.
NU is next in action when they travel to Valparaiso, Ind., to take on Valparaiso University in a single nine-inning contest. Game time is set for 3 p.m. (CDT).