WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — Purdue baseball scored multiple runs in three consecutive frames early in the game and posted six straight zeros on the mound to close out the win, defeating Ball State 9-3 Tuesday in the finale of a nine-game homestand at Alexander Field.
Charlie Nasuti connected for an RBI double in each of his first two at-bats. Skyler Hunter had three hits and three RBI, pushing his career hits total to 199. The switch-hitter recorded hits from both sides of the plate for the 20th time as a Boilermaker. Cole McKenzie (2-for-4, HBP) and Bryce Bonner (2-for-4, walk) both doubled and reached base safely three times.
James Kulak, Cory Brooks and Austin Peterson teamed up for six innings of scoreless relief. Kulak (2-1) retired eight of the first nine batters he faced while working three innings of two-hit ball, his longest relief outing of the season. Cory Brooks did not allow a hit over two innings and has now worked nine consecutive scoreless frames to begin his college career. Evan Albrecht and Tyler Powers turned inning-ending 6-4-3 double plays to finish off the last two frames.
The Boilermakers (19-28) finished their homestand with a 6-3 record, topping a 30-win Ball State (30-17) team in the finale. Purdue has won four straight games in midweek action.
Zac Fascia singled in the third inning to extend his hit streak to a season-long 11 consecutive games, matching McKenzie for the second longest streak on the team this year. McKenzie also reached base safely in all nine games of the homestand and is riding a 15-game streak overall. Celebrating his 21st birthday Tuesday, McKenzie recorded multiple hits for the 10th time since April 10. He's batting .426 with a .520 on-base percentage during that stretch.
Nick Evarts had three productive plate appearances in his first start since suffering a hamstring injury April 7. He singled, walked and executed a sacrifice bunt in front of Nasuti's two-run double in the third inning.