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Fascia powers Purdue past Xavier 4-3

Purdue catcher Zac Fascia channeled Moses Malone into a memorable night at Alexander Field on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with all 4 runs scored in the Boilermakers' 4-3 victory vs. Xavier.

Posted: May 15, 2019 10:15 AM
Updated: May 15, 2019 6:52 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue catcher Zac Fascia channeled Moses Malone into a memorable night at Alexander Field on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with all 4 runs scored in the Boilermakers' 4-3 victory vs. Xavier.

Fascia had all four of his hits while leading off an inning. He doubled twice, hit his fourth home run of the season and finished just a triple shy of the cycle. The junior extended his team-long hit streak to 15 consecutive games and now has six extra-base hits in the last four games, registering a .941 slugging percentage over the last four.

A bases-loaded walk to pinch hitter Johnny Sage plated the go-ahead in the bottom of the eighth. Bo Hofstra worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save of the season. The Boilermakers (21-30) snapped a four-game losing streak in one-run games that dated back to April 3.

TUESDAY NOTABLES
• Zac Fascia became just the sixth Boilermaker this decade with a double in four consecutive games. His 15-game hit streak is the longest by a Boilermaker since 2011.
• Fascia joined fellow Ontario native Owen Jansen as Boilermakers with a four-hit game this year. Jansen also had three extra-base hits, all doubles, in his four-hit effort in the season opener.
• Seven Purdue pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts, recording their 23rd double-figure strikeout total of the year. Fascia has been behind the plate for 16 of those games.
• Cole McKenzie's leadoff single in the seventh inning extended his reached base safely streak to a season-high 19 consecutive games. He has been on base in every game over the last month.
• Ben Nisle and Nick Evarts were both in the starting lineup together for the first time since March 9. Evarts was 2-for-3 Tuesday and has reached base safely in 9 of 16 plate appearances since returning to the starting lineup May 7.
• Matt Moore surrendered the game-tying run on a two-out single in the eighth inning, but earned the victory nonetheless to improve to 5-0 this season. He's in line to become the fourth Boilermaker in program history to have a flawless winning percentage with a minimum five decisions.
• Purdue posted a 7-5 record in midweek action this season, winning its last five midweek contests over the last month. Xavier (23-28) is in first place in the Big East standings.

Fascia recorded all four of his hits while leading off the even-numbered innings. He doubled in the second, singled in the fourth, homered in the sixth and doubled in the eighth. All three of his extra-base hits were deep drives to right center field. Fascia scored on a two-out single by Tyler Powers in the second, a two-out triple from Ryan Howe in the fourth, and the two-out, bases-loaded walk to Sage in the eighth.

Milo Beam and Powers also walked in the bottom of the eighth to help the Boilermakers plate the go-ahead run.

Howe tripled over the center fielder's head in the fourth inning, recording his second three-bagger of the season and Purdue's Big Ten-leading 16th.

James Kulak, Dalton Parker and Hofstra all worked a 1-2-3 inning in the win. Conner Tomasic (3), Andrew Bohm (2) and Hofstra (2) all finished with multiple strikeouts, accounting for seven of the 10 Ks.

The Boilermakers return to action Thursday when they open a three-game series vs. Ohio State. First pitch at Alexander Field is slated for 6 p.m. ET.

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