UNIVERSITY PARK. Pa. (WLFI) - Purdue's baseball team swept the series against Penn State on Sunday with a 7-5 win in game three.
Purdue's Mike Lutz worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to finish off the game and offensively Purdue baseball took advantage of a number of Penn State miscues on a rainy day at the ballpark.
The Boilermakers (10-14, 3-3 Big Ten) posted their first ever sweep in Happy Valley and have now won 17 of the last 22 meetings with PSU (5-18, 0-6 Big Ten) dating back to 2008. It was Purdue's first sweep on the road since taking all three games of a series at Northwestern the first weekend of April a year ago.
Freshmen led the way for the Boilers. Along with Lutz's impressive relief work, Kyle Johnson (3-for-3, RBI, walk) and Jack Picchiotti (2-for-3, 2 RBI) each had multiple hits in the middle of the lineup. Both players hit safely in all three games of the series while recording six hits apiece.
Johnson scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning when PSU starter Greg Welsh committed a throwing error on a bunt attempt by Jake Hansen with two outs in the inning. Cody Strong also scored on the play. Welsh threw over 140 pitches while striking out 11 over eight innings. Purdue managed to win for the second time this season while striking out a season-high 12 times.
Purdue has won seven of its last nine road games dating back to the opening weekend of the spring break trip.
The Boilermakers begin a six-game homestand Tuesday with a 6 pm midweek game against Butler. First pitch could be moved up to 4 pm due to cold weather.
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