April 25, 1998
Baseball Swept in Saturday Twinbill by Purdue
Series finale set for Sunday.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Purdue third baseman Daryl Hallada went 5-for-6 with five RBIs and freshman Austin Bilke tossed a no-hitter as Purdue swept a Saturday doubleheader from Northwestern, 1-0 and 12-6. The Boilermakers are now 20-22, 8-11 Big Ten, while NU falls to 19-21, 4-15 Big Ten.
In game one, NU hurler John Seaman (8-4) once again pitched a masterpiece only to receive a loss. Seaman allowed just five hits in the seven-inning complete game. He fanned two batters while two of four walks were intentional passes to Hallada. In fact, of the 21 outs recorded by Seaman, 18 came on ground balls. The only flyout of the game came in the second inning.
In the top of the seventh inning, Hallada's grounder to first base scored Purdue shortstop David Blomberg with the game's only run. Boilermaker freshman Austin Bilke (4-3) stymied the Wildcats, walking three while fanning five batters in the no-hitter.
In game two, the Boilermakers opened up a 4-0 lead after the top of the second inning before NU rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the second. Jason Anderson walked to open the inning, and was driven home on a double by Ollie Dunn. With two outs, NU took advantage of a Purdue error to post three unearned runs, including a two-RBI triple to center by Jeremy Kurella. The Boilers recaptured the lead with three runs in the top of the third for a 7-4 lead, and would score in every inning except the seventh for the 12-6 win.
Offensively for NU in game two, Kurella had two of NU's six hits and three of the team's five RBIs. Dunn and Joe Hietpas also added RBIs in the losing cause. Chris Hargan started the game on the hill, but recorded just two outs in the first inning before being pulled in favor of Dan Padgett (0-1), who would eventually be charged with the loss. The Wildcats and Boilermakers conclude the series with a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday at Rocky Miller Park. That game can be heard live on WNUR 89.3 FM radio.