Since I was in town I decided to attend the finale of the Boilers series against Indiana. I was not disappointed as they won in a rout 14-5. This was the first series sweep for the Boilers of the Hoosiers since 1997. It is pretty nice to be on the right side of history like that. It was also the 30th win of the season for Purdue. More importantly it kept the Boilers in a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Michigan State. Both teams will square off next weekend in East Lansing in what should be a great showdown. Even with the high price of gas I may have to try and get to at least one of those games.
Today was another game in which the wind played a factor, but in a different way. Instead of blowing in, it was blowing out to left field. If you could get the ball in the air it had a shot at going out. Once again the strong wind made for some interesting plays in the field. The players were battling the sun and the wind, and it was not always pretty how it turned out.
Cameron Perkins led the charge for Purdue with two home runs and six RBI’s on the day. His first home run may have been helped by the wind. It was a two run shot that was only made possible after a clutch two out hit by Eric Charles. After an error kept the fifth inning alive Cameron connected for his second homer on the day. The wind yesterday might not have held this one in the yard. As I said he had six runs batted in on the day. That is the most since LaPorte native Nick Overmyer had six in 2009.
Yesterday Angelo Cianfrocco had a nice day with the bat. Today he came in to pitch for a staff that knew it would be taxed. He gave up two runs on one hit during his inning of pitching. The bullpen had a great day when Purdue needed it. With Brad Schreiber out indefinitely they had the reigns for this Sunday game. After Robert Ramer had a rough time to start the game Calvin Gunter had a strong outing to get the win. He got out of a Ramer jam in the second with some nice pitching. Lance Breedlove pitched 3.2 innings to get the save.
Five home runs were hit on the day. Stephen Talbott hit his first homer of the season in the seventh to cap off the home runs for Purdue. Hoosier catcher Wes Wilson had the only two home runs for IU. He came a few feet away from having a third when he hit a ball that was just foul in his first at bat. His first home run gave IU the lead, and was probably helped by the wind. The second home run was a no doubter though clearing the netting just as Perkins’ second home run did. Wilson was 3-5 on the day with the two home runs, three hits, three runs scored, and three RBI’s on the day.
Former Slicer player Dustin DeMuth had a good day going 2-4 at the plate. He is having a very good season for the Hoosiers as a true freshman. He is hitting in the high 300′s as the Indiana lead off man. It will be interesting to see what he can accomplish as his career at the rate he is going.
Scouts were on hand to see Alex Dickerson the designated hitter for the Hoosiers. He is on many of the top 50 lists for the upcoming MLB draft. It was fun to watch them every time he came to the plate. I did not see him play the field this weekend so they couldn’t watch him there. Today Dickerson was able to show off his skills from both sides of the plate as the Boilers kept turning him around. He went 0-4 on the day, but the end result may not be what decides where Alex ends up. The only scout that had any kind of team identifier on him was one from the Rockies. If he ends up going there I may have seen the guy who made it happen.
One feature on this site that has gone away for some reason is the famous lineage segment. I may have to bring that back. Already this season I have seen a couple relatives of former big league players. Today I saw Trace Knoblauch the nephew of former big leaguer Chuck Knoblauch. In the next week I would like to bring back my famous lineage feature on the site.
I had a blast watching these two games this weekend. I enjoyed watching some of the students go out to their cars to get the brooms at the end of the game. I left as the third out was made, and missed the student who used his on top of the Hoosier dugout. That would have been a great picture. After being set back all week because of the rain it was nice to see two games this weekend. The conditions were great for pictures, and I took a few. I may have to have another post for the weekends games with the pictures that I did not get into these posts.