Lincoln - After falling
behind 4-0 to start the game the Nebraska baseball team (25-14, 7-6 Big Ten) evened
the score at 5-5 in the bottom of the fourth, but Cameron Perkins' second home
run of the game in the top of the fifth proved to be the eventual game winner
in a 8-5 win for the Purdue Boilermakers on Friday night at Hawks Field.
Huskers chased Purdue starter Joe Haase out of the game after just 4.1 innings,
but were unable to do anything against reliever Blake Mascarello, who improved
to 7-1 on the year with 4.2 innings of no-hit work on the mound.
Pritchard extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a single in the third
and added his second hit of the game with a single in the fourth. The sophomore
from Creighton Prep also led the Huskers with two RBI's on the night. Kash
Kalkowski and Richard Stock each produced a two-out RBI in the third inning,
while Rich Sanguinetti accounted for NU's other RBI with what was then the
game-tying RBI in the fourth.
middle of Purdue's lineup did the most damage, as the No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters
each had two hits, including two home runs and three RBI's from Perkins. Andrew
Dixon also had two hits and two RBI's for the Boilermakers.
starter Jon Keller looked to be in good shape with two out and one on in the
first, but Purdue kept the inning going with three straight two-out singles, a
walk and another one-out single to plate four runs on five hits. The
Boilermakers pushed the lead to 5-0 in the second with a two-out solo shot from
getting on the board with two runs in the bottom of the third, Josh Scheffert
got the Huskers going with a one-out double in the fourth. The bases were soon
loaded when Pat Kelly was HBP and Kale Kiser walked. Pritchard delivered a
two-RBI single and Sanguinetti followed with an infield single to tie the game.
Kalkowski then hit the ball hard down the third base line, but Perkins was able
to get a glove on the ball and touched third before throwing to first for the
inning-ending double play.
took the lead back in the fifth with a leadoff single by Eric Charles that was
followed by Perkins' second home run. The Boilermakers added another run in the
seventh on a sacrifice fly.
Chad Christensen reached on an error by David Miller at short in the fifth,
Mascarello entered the game and retired the next 13 batters he faced to finish
Huskers will look to even the series tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. when sophomore
Brandon Pierce takes his 4-1 record and 2.83 ERA to the mound. The Boilermakers
will be out for the series win with senior Lance Breedlove, who is 6-2 on the
year with a 2.23 ERA.