Indianapolis, Ind. - Visiting Purdue exploded for six runs in the third inning and then added six more in the final four innings to pin a 12-3 setback on Butler in a non-league baseball game at Bulldog Park on Wednesday, March 11. The Bulldogs, who had 10 hits in the contest, managed just one run in the final eight innings, while falling to 1-9 on the season.
The Boilermakers (3-7) overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a big two-out rally off of Butler starter Ryan Kruszka (0-3) in third inning. Shortstop Barrett Serrato sparked the rally with a bases-loaded single to tie the game, and second baseman Ben Wolgamot followed with another two-run single to give Purdue the lead for good. Catcher Eric Nielsen added a third two-run single to centerfield to cap the offensive uprising.
Purdue added three more runs on just two hits in the sixth inning and two runs on three hits in the seventh. The Boilermakers scored their final run in the ninth frame.
Butler jumped to an early lead with a pair of runs off of Purdue starter Blake Mascarello in the first inning. Outfielder Rick Betsch was hit by a pitch with one out, and he advanced to second on a single down the left field line by first baseman Kyle Schultz. Both runners advanced on a ground out, then Betsch scored on an infield single by designated hitter Colin Ziegel. Second baseman Jason Jamerson followed with a single to centerfield to plate Schultz.
But the Bulldogs only managed one more run off of five different Purdue pitchers. Shortstop Griffin Richeson scored that run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch.
Jamerson, Richeson and outfielder Bobby Mosser each had two hits to lead the Bulldogs' attack. Righthander Joe Haase, who pitched three scoreless innings, picked up the win for the Boilermakers, while Kruszka suffered the setback.
The Bulldogs, who were playing at home for just the second time, will be back on the road for a four-game series at Kansas State, beginning on Friday, March 13.