Late Redbird Rally Falls Short 8-6 Against Purdue
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[May 01, 2014]
— The Illinois State baseball team faced an eight-run deficit in
the seventh inning Tuesday night in nonconference action against Purdue
and fought back with six runs late, but it was not enough as the
Redbirds (29-13) snapped a seven-game winning streak and fell to the
Boilermakers (12-29) by a score of 8-6 at Duffy Bass Field.
Redbird starter Will Headen (3-2) was saddled with the loss,
allowing four runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Matt
Lambert came in to relieve Headen and was touched for three runs on
three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work. Ben Hecht came in to pitch the
final three innings and allowed just one run while striking out five
Hits were hard to come by early in the game for the
Redbirds, as Purdue pitchers Kyle Wood and Adam Dresser held ISU to
just three hits through the first four innings of play. Matt Frawley
(1-0) came in during the fifth inning and allowed three runs on two
hits in the seventh inning but did pick up the win in relief.
Patrick Kenney took the mound in the eighth with the game on the
bases and shut the game down, picking up the two-inning save.
The game was scoreless through the first four innings, before the
Boilermakers broke out with four runs in the top half of the fifth
inning. Wood drove in a pair with the bases loaded, and a single to
right field and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Kyle Johnson allowed
Sean McHugh to score from third base for the third run of the
inning. A single by Kyle Upp then plated Wood for the final run of
the frame to give the Boilermakers the four-run lead.
Purdue tacked on three more runs to make the score 7-0 in the top
of the sixth inning, thanks to a bases-clearing double that split
the gap in left-center field off the bat of McHugh. Lambert would
come back and strike out the side the rest of the way to get out of
the frame. Brandon Kreig’s RBI double in the top of the seventh
inning pushed another run across the plate to make the score 8-0 in
favor of Purdue.
Illinois State ended the shutout bid by Purdue by scoring three
runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Back-to-back two-out walks
by Daniel Dwyer and Paul DeJong got the rally started, and Mike
Hollenbeck cleared the bases with a double into left-center field to
make the score 8-2. Hollenbeck would then come around to score when
Brock Stewart followed with a RBI single up the middle to cut the
Purdue lead to 8-3.
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ISU added three more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to
cut the Purdue lead to two runs at 8-6. Mason Snyder led off the
inning with a walk, and Matt Krenz was then hit by a pitch. Sean
Beesley followed and reached on a field error by the Purdue second
baseman to load the bases, and Dwyer walked in the next at-bat to
force Snyder in from third base. DeJong followed with a RBI single
through the left side to score a pair of runs and cut into the
However, a strikeout by Hollenbeck on a bunt attempt with two
strikes and a strikeout by Stewart left the inning in the hands of
Logan Leverett, who grounded out to end the threat in the eighth.
After Dennis Colon fouled out to the catcher to start the ninth
inning, Snyder was hit by a pitch and advanced to first with one
out. Joe Kelch pinch hit and made solid contact, but it was lined
right at McHugh, who threw to first to double off Snyder and end the
game on a double play.
The Redbirds will return to action Friday in nonconference action
against in-state foe Western Illinois. Game time is scheduled for 3
p.m. in Macomb.
Purdue 8, Illinois State 6
news release received from
Illinois State University]