Purdue uses three-run sixth to top Northwestern in Big Ten opener

Purdue pitchers racked up 10 strikeouts yet again and the Boilermakers scored three times in the sixth inning to break a tie score, defeating Northwestern 5-2 Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 1:29 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2019 10:13 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue pitchers racked up 10 strikeouts yet again and the Boilermakers scored three times in the sixth inning to break a tie score, defeating Northwestern 5-2 Friday in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

Purdue (6-15, 1-0 B1G) won its conference opener for the sixth time in the last eight years, defeating six different teams during that stretch.

Patrick J. Smith fanned seven over 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball and has 15 Ks over his last 11 1/3 innings. The senior struck out NU's 4-5-6 hitters in order to limit the damage in the first inning after the Wildcats scored a run and had runners on second and third.

Skyler Hunter recorded an RBI double in the third inning and posted his 50th career multi-hit game as a Boilermaker. He has reached base safely in 18 consecutive Big Ten games dating back to last year.

Ryan Howe drove in the go-ahead run with a hit down the right field line in the sixth inning. Northwestern right fielder Jack Dickey attempted to make a sliding catch, but the ball popped free and Nick Evarts scored from second base. Evarts doubled over the left fielder's head to ignite the rally.

Batting ninth in the lineup, Evan Albrecht reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances. He walked in front of Hunter's double in the third inning, scoring from first base on the two-bagger down the left field line.

A two-out error by NU third baseman Charlie Maxwell allowed the Boilermakers to tack on two insurance runs, extending their lead before the sixth inning came to a close. Hunter's bases-loaded ground ball to third scored a pair of runs when Maxwell bobbled the ball and then overthrew first base.

Austin Peterson retired six of the eight batters he faced over 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, working a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh. Matt Moore struck out the only batter he faced on three pitches to finish off the eighth inning. Bo Hofstra fanned a pair in a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

Northwestern (5-12, 0-1 B1G) had its leadoff man reach base safely five times, but Purdue erased that runner on three occasions. Smith induced a 4-6-3 double play to eliminate a leadoff walk in the fourth inning. Catcher Zac Fascia threw out a base stealer at third base for the second out of the bottom of the fifth. A quasi strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play was helpful in the eighth inning. David Dunn stepped into Fascia on a swinging strike three with the runner in motion from first. Fascia's throw sailed into center field, but Casey O'Laughlin was called out for batter's interference.

Cole McKenzie recorded a pair of hits, including a two-out RBI single in the third inning, to extend his reached base safely streak to 15 consecutive games.

The Purdue pitching staff recorded 10-plus strikeouts for the eighth time in the last 13 games.

Game 2 of the series is slated for 3 p.m. ET.

West Lafayette
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 71°
Kokomo
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 68°
Rensselaer
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 63°
Fowler
Clear
63° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 63°
Williamsport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 68°
Crawfordsville
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 68°
Frankfort
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 68°
Delphi
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 69°
Monticello
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 59°
Feels Like: 69°
Logansport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 68°
Turning Warmer & More Humid, Then Big Cool-Down
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 76522

Reported Deaths: 3086
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion16194731
Lake7742281
Elkhart495586
Allen4040163
St. Joseph361083
Hamilton2887104
Vanderburgh205313
Hendricks1943108
Cass18069
Johnson1794119
Porter136239
Clark130750
Tippecanoe124511
Madison103066
LaPorte93530
Howard92065
Kosciusko87212
Floyd82249
Bartholomew82147
Marshall79423
Monroe76732
Delaware76052
Vigo71411
Dubois71312
Boone69746
Noble69029
Hancock68839
Jackson5975
Warrick58830
Shelby56828
LaGrange56610
Grant53130
Dearborn51628
Morgan48934
Clinton4504
Henry41820
Wayne38810
White37711
Montgomery36021
Lawrence35727
Harrison35224
Decatur34232
Putnam3218
Daviess27920
Miami2772
Scott27310
Jasper2572
Greene25434
Franklin24715
DeKalb2384
Gibson2334
Jennings22812
Steuben2153
Ripley2138
Carroll2003
Fayette1957
Perry18713
Posey1800
Starke1807
Orange17824
Wells1782
Fulton1732
Wabash1715
Jefferson1662
Knox1640
Whitley1566
Tipton14912
Washington1441
Sullivan1411
Spencer1393
Clay1315
Huntington1273
Randolph1274
Newton12110
Adams1172
Owen1051
Jay920
Rush894
Pulaski821
Fountain762
Brown752
Blackford662
Ohio656
Benton640
Pike620
Vermillion590
Parke551
Switzerland530
Martin500
Crawford450
Union410
Warren241
Unassigned0208

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events