Purdue rally falls short in 2-1 loss to Northwestern

After not having multiple base runners in the same frame all day, Purdue baseball loaded the bases with no outs and made it one-run game in the ninth inning, only to lose 2-1 at Northwestern on a game-ending double play Saturday.

Posted: Mar 23, 2019 10:17 PM
Updated: Mar 24, 2019 8:00 PM

EVANSTON, Ill. (Purdue Sports) — After not having multiple base runners in the same frame all day, Purdue baseball loaded the bases with no outs and made it one-run game in the ninth inning, only to lose 2-1 at Northwestern on a game-ending double play Saturday.

Cole McKenzie and Nick Evarts each singled with a runner in scoring position in the ninth inning, but both hits came on line drives that one hopped the right fielder. Skyler Hunter scored on Evarts' hit, but the Boilermakers (6-16, 1-1 B1G) stranded the tying run at third base as the game ended on a 6-3 double play.

Sunday's rubber game has been moved up to a 1 p.m. ET first pitch.

Trent Johnson struck out a career-high 10 over 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, recording the most Ks by a Purdue pitcher since Tanner Andrews fanned 10 in a St. Patrick's Day shutout at Santa Clara in 2017. The Boilermakers have 26 strikeouts in the series and 75 in the last seven games, posting a double-figure total six times during that stretch and on nine occasions in the last 14 contests.

Johnson fanned 10 of the 15 batters he faced, retiring the final nine batters he faced in order. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning by striking out NU's No. 3 hitter as the first batter he faced. The sophomore also struck out the 9-1-2 hitters in order with a man at third in the sixth inning.

Northwestern (6-12, 1-1 B1G) starter Hank Christie (1-2) pounded the strike zone over seven-plus shutout innings, throwing 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes. He struck out six and issued only one walk.

Purdue put is leadoff man aboard in three of the final four innings, but was unable to score until the ninth. The Boilermakers couldn't capitalize on Tyler Powers' leadoff double in the sixth inning and hit into another double play to erase Owen Jansen's single to open the top of the eighth.

Northwestern closer Nick Paciorek walked Hunter and Johnny Sage on a combined 10 pitches to begin the ninth inning. McKenzie worked the count full before hitting his line drive into right field to load the bases. In their final at-bats of the game, Hunter and McKenzie both extended their long reached base safely streaks. Hunter has been on base in 19 consecutive Big Ten games and McKenzie has reached safely in 16 consecutive games overall.

Paciorek won a full-count battle with Zac Fascia, striking out the Purdue catcher for the first out. Evarts' RBI single made it a one-run game, but Ryan Howe hit the first pitch of his at-bat to the shortstop for the game-ending twin killing.

The Wildcats scored both of their runs with two outs in the first inning. Howe was trying to help hold on a runner at second base when Shawn Goosenberg hit a hot shot through the vacated right side of the infield for an RBI double. Goosenberg scored when Powers threw wide of first base after double clutching on a slow chopper to third base.

The Boilermakers have been outscored 28-5 in the first inning this season.

Evarts reached base safely three times, drawing Purdue's only walk vs. Christie to go along with a pair of singles.

The Boilermakers will be playing a rubber game to close a series for the third weekend in a row.

West Lafayette
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 96°
Kokomo
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 93°
Rensselaer
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 90°
Fowler
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 90°
Williamsport
Clear
89° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 93°
Crawfordsville
Broken Clouds
85° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 90°
Frankfort
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 96°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
91° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 92°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
91° wxIcon
Hi: 95° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 92°
Logansport
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 91°
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 47432

Reported Deaths: 2687
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion11546683
Lake5104242
Elkhart321144
Allen2737129
St. Joseph190866
Cass16389
Hamilton1538100
Hendricks1390100
Johnson1256118
Porter72037
Tippecanoe6948
Madison65564
Clark64044
Bartholomew58244
Howard56557
LaPorte56326
Kosciusko5354
Vanderburgh5026
Marshall4823
Jackson4693
Noble46928
LaGrange4677
Hancock44035
Boone43743
Delaware43150
Shelby42325
Floyd37144
Morgan32731
Montgomery29320
Grant29126
Clinton2882
Monroe27628
Dubois2666
White26010
Henry25815
Decatur24932
Lawrence24225
Vigo2318
Dearborn22823
Harrison21222
Warrick21229
Greene18532
Miami1822
Jennings17411
Putnam1688
DeKalb1604
Scott1607
Daviess14216
Orange13623
Wayne1366
Steuben1282
Perry1279
Franklin1248
Ripley1157
Jasper1142
Wabash1122
Carroll1102
Fayette987
Newton9810
Starke923
Whitley905
Randolph784
Huntington742
Jefferson722
Wells711
Fulton691
Jay680
Washington681
Gibson672
Knox640
Pulaski641
Clay604
Rush563
Adams501
Benton480
Owen471
Sullivan441
Brown381
Posey380
Blackford372
Spencer371
Crawford300
Fountain302
Tipton301
Switzerland260
Martin220
Parke220
Ohio140
Vermillion140
Warren141
Union130
Pike100
Unassigned0193

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