Purdue scored five runs in the seventh inning beat Wichita State 8-3 on Thursday in the first game of a four-game series at wind-blown Eck Stadium.
WSU led 3-2 after five innings. The late reversal of fortune left the Shockers (10-8) understandably frustrated.
“We need to come out and play better, it’s as simple as that,” said left fielder Don Lambert, who drove in two of WSU’s runs with a solo homer and a single and was the only Shocker with more than one hit. “We can play with anyone when we play, and we’re not doing that right now. We need to get it together and come out and play like we’re capable.”
Having a game today offers a shot at instant redemption, Lambert said.
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“That’s the nice thing about baseball,” he said. “We need to come out with a refreshed mindset and get after them (today).”
Shortstop David Miller was Purdue’s catalyst with three singles and a double.
“I was seeing it real well out there,” he said. “I was noticing that the early guys in the lineup kind of swinging early, so I was just waiting for my pitch and trying to put a good swing on it.”
With the score 3-3 In the seventh, Cameron Perkins reached on an infield single on a 3-2 pitch from Foster Vielock (0-1), who then hit Kevin Plawecki with a pitch. Barrett Serrato reached on an error, scoring Perkins and bringing on Aaron LaBrie for the Shockers. Plawecki scored on a wild pitch, and one out later, Miller’s single drove in Serrato. After Miller stole second, Kyle Bouman relieved LaBrie. Stephen Talbott then doubled in Miller.
After Talbott stole third, Tyler Spillner notched his second RBI on a single to right, and suddenly Purdue led 8-3.
“The big at-bat was the hit by pitch,” Boilermakers coach Doug Schreiber said. “They were ahead in the court with two strikes on our hitter, and then we got the hit by pitch. I think our guys did a good job of getting five runs that inning as opposed to maybe just one or two.”
The teams resume today at 5 with Albert Minnis (1-2) facing Purdue’s Joe Haase (1-0).
abrhbibbsoavgSpillner cf502200.368Charles 2b500001.444Perkins 3b512000.429Plawecki c422000.418Serrato rf312010.386Cianfrocco 1b311100.154Dixon dh300101.333Upp ph100001.500Miller ss524200.400Talbott lf411111.440Totals38814724WICHITA STATEHall cf501000.279Bayliff rf301100.333Mucha pr-rf100001.173Coy 1b411001.387Gillaspie dh401001.211Lambert lf412201.320Harbutz 3b300002.243Doggett ph101000.538Parker ss300010.291Baker c200010.222Hege ph100001.255Coughenour 2b411002.242Totals3538329
E — Harbutz (2), Baker (3), Vielock (2). LOB — Purdue 10, WSU 7. 2B — Plawecki 2 (8), Miller (3), Talbott (2), Coy (6). HR — Lambert (2). SB — Perkins (2), Miller 2 (2), Talbott (5). S — Serrto, Dixon. SF — Cianfrocco.
iphrerbbsoeraRamer4 2/3433038.10DeAno W,2-03 1/3300140.00Mascarello1100121.71Wichita StateMormann5722203.80Vielock L,0-11 1/3343031.45LaBrie1/3110008.31Bouman2 1/3310011.69
HBP — by Mormann (Cianfrocco), by Vielock (Plawecki).
WP — LaBrie. Umpires — Home, Bob Homolka; first, Tony D’Aquano; third, Bill Fogarty.
T — 2:25. A — 2,427.