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    April 26, 1998

    Wildcat Baseball Defeats Purdue, 3-1

    Game stopped in fifth inning due to rain.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Nick Franzese allowed just one unearned run on two hits over five innings and Jeremy Kurella knocked his league-leading sixth triple of the year as Northwestern defeated Purdue on Sunday, 3-1. The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth due to rain. NU improves to 20-21 overall, 5-15 Big Ten. Purdue falls to 20-23, 8-12 Big Ten. The Wildcats opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Ken Kilian was hit by a pitch and scored after back-to-back singles by Brian Baron and Patrick Thompson. Baron scored the second run of the inning on an infield single by J.P. Williamson. Purdue posted their run in the top of the third before NU answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Baron opened the frame with a single to center field, and came home on a sacrifice fly by Ollie Dunn. The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning due to rain. Offensively for NU, Baron and Thompson each went 2-for-3. Jeremy Kurella knocked his sixth triple of the season in the fourth inning, tying him for second on the single-season NU charts in that category. Franzese (4-2) picked up the win for the Wildcats. NU hosts Northern Illinois at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. That game can be heard live on WNUR 89.3 FM. The 'Cats then hit the road for a Wednesday doubleheader at Western Michigan followed by a weekend series at Iowa.