SEVERE WX : Flood Warning View Alerts

Purdue baseball swept by Southern Miss

In a game that was a battle big innings, No. 21 Southern Miss took control of the contest with a five-run bottom of the sixth that led to 12 unanswered runs, defeating Purdue baseball 16-7 Sunday in the finale of the season-opening series.

Posted: Feb 17, 2019 10:01 PM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Purdue Sports) — In a game that was a battle big innings, No. 21 Southern Miss took control of the contest with a five-run bottom of the sixth that led to 12 unanswered runs, defeating Purdue baseball 16-7 Sunday in the finale of the season-opening series.

The Golden Eagles (3-0) swept the weekend thanks to a 20-4 scoring edge in the sixth through 10th innings. The Boilermakers (0-3) held at least a two-run lead at one point in all three games. They carried the lead into the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday (2-0) and Sunday (7-4) after being up 6-4 going into the bottom of the eighth Friday.

Purdue scored five times in the second inning to quickly overcome USM's four-run bottom of the first. The visitors carried a three-run lead into the sixth inning, but six free passes in the frame, including three bases-loaded walks, helped the Golden Eagles to take the lead back. They blew the game open with a seven-spot in bottom of the eighth.

Ben Nisle and Zac Fascia connected for consecutive doubles to left field to ignite the Boilermakers' five-run rally in the second inning. Both players finished with multiple hits. Fascia was 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and a sacrifice fly. He finished his first weekend with Purdue 4-for-7 while producing seven productive plate appearances in 10 trips to the dish.

Fellow newcomer Cole McKenzie hit safely in all three games, finishing the weekend 4-for-12 with a .467 on-percentage in the leadoff spot. Redshirt-freshman Patrick W. Smith's first collegiate hit was a two-run single with the bases loaded in the second inning, tying the score at 4-4 and chasing USM starter Jarod Wright.

Purdue starter Andrew Bohm gave up four runs before he recorded an out, the big blow being a three-run homer to center field by preseason All-American Matt Wallner. But Bohm regrouped and retired 13 of the final 16 batters he faced, including seven in a row at one point. He posted three consecutive zeros as the Boilermakers built their 7-4 lead. He also teamed with Matt Moore for a zero vs. the heart of the Southern Miss lineup in the bottom of the fifth.

The decisive sixth inning featured a stretch in which five consecutive batters came to the plate without the ball being put in play. There were two strikeouts and two walks during that stretch, all with the bases loaded. Wallner delivered the big hit – a two-strike, two-out, two-run single into left field to give USM the lead back at 8-7.

A lefty-lefty battle between Patrick J. Smith and the Golden Eagles' No. 2 hitter, Matthew Guidry, was another key point in the long inning. Guidry fouled off multiple full-count pitches during a 10-pitch at-bat, eventually drawing a bases-loaded walk. Smith came back to strike out Hunter Slater, who tormented the Boilermakers for much of the weekend and finished the series 8-for-13. Smith was also up in the count on Wallner, but was unable to finish off the big cleanup hitter.

Kyle Wade finally brought the inning to a close with a strikeout. The three outs in the frame were all via the strikeout and were recorded by three different Purdue pitchers. Wade went on to retire the first four batters he faced in his collegiate debut after also working a 1-2-3 seventh inning.

In his collegiate debut after redshirting in 2018, Hayden Wynja later struck out Slater and Wallner consecutively, bringing the long eighth inning to a close as the third pitcher of the frame.

Tyler Powers made the top defensive play of the day, a diving catch in short right field with his back to home plate. That took a potential bloop single away from Wallner in the third inning after Slater had singled moments earlier.

The Boilermakers manufactured runs nicely in the fifth inning, scoring twice to extend their lead to 7-4. Skyler Hunter led off with a bunt single and Nisle followed with a base hit. After a wild pitch, both runners scored on a sacrifice flies from Fascia and Owen Jansen. Nisle stole third to give himself a chance to score on the one-out fly ball.

Purdue was swept in a season-opening series for the first time since 2014 at Tennessee. A May 2014 series at Minnesota marked the last time the Boilermakers were swept even while holding the lead at one point in all three games.

Purdue returns to action Friday when it opens a four-game series at No. 19 Texas. It will be the program's first visit to Austin since 2005. All four games are scheduled to be televised live by the Longhorn Network.

Lafayette
Clear
26° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 26°
Kokomo
Partly Cloudy
25° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 19°
Rensselaer
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 23°
Lafayette
Clear
26° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 26°
Danville
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 25°
Feels Like: 25°
Frankfort
Clear
23° wxIcon
Hi: 51° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 17°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
23° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 17°
Monticello
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 49° Lo: 23°
Feels Like: 21°
Monticello
Clear
21° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 24°
Feels Like: 21°
Logansport
Clear
27° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 27°
Dry, mild conditions continue.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 665285

Reported Deaths: 12697
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion910581653
Lake48637887
Allen36050641
Hamilton32231398
St. Joseph30243514
Elkhart25484420
Vanderburgh21315382
Tippecanoe20185205
Johnson16425361
Porter16053276
Hendricks15899301
Clark12032182
Madison11779321
Vigo11672231
Monroe10394164
Delaware9879179
LaPorte9821198
Howard9095199
Kosciusko8588111
Bartholomew7504147
Warrick7445153
Hancock7439134
Floyd7255172
Wayne6654192
Grant6453157
Boone611991
Morgan6118126
Dubois5933112
Dearborn550669
Cass5477100
Marshall5446105
Henry542695
Noble510978
Jackson465567
Shelby462591
Lawrence4193113
Gibson404985
Harrison402764
Clinton397053
Montgomery390584
DeKalb387178
Knox357885
Miami357863
Whitley350638
Huntington348377
Steuben339855
Wabash333076
Putnam331960
Ripley327862
Adams325149
Jasper318443
White298052
Jefferson295974
Daviess285696
Fayette272656
Decatur271388
Greene262280
Posey261432
Wells258975
Scott251450
LaGrange242170
Clay241444
Randolph225877
Spencer219330
Jennings216344
Washington213027
Sullivan203639
Fountain202542
Starke189251
Owen183453
Fulton179637
Jay178528
Carroll176919
Perry173836
Orange171351
Rush165422
Vermillion161542
Franklin159735
Tipton149241
Parke140116
Pike128433
Blackford120627
Pulaski107544
Newton96732
Brown95240
Benton92413
Crawford92113
Martin80314
Warren75914
Switzerland7558
Union67510
Ohio54111
Unassigned0434

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