The Boiler pitching staff had a great day today striking out fourteen Wolverines as the offense came alive to give them a 8-0 win to open the weekend series. I got to the game a little late today, but once I walked in it was well worth the drive down. I have been to a handful of games over the last couple of years, but it always seems as if Matt Morgan was pitching when I attended. Today was not any different. Matt struck out eight batters in his six innings of work, and Nick Wittgren struck out six of the eleven batters he face to shut down Michigan. Fourteen strikeouts is a great way to start a series.
Looking at the game now it looks as if the Purdue pitchers were the stars of the game, but going into the bottom of the fourth inning Michigan starter Kyle Clark had not allowed a hit. The first hit of the game was a big one as Eric Charles came around to score the first run on a beautiful slide. He took off from third with two outs as a fly ball was caught in right field. When I saw that he left I thought he was out by a mile. The Michigan catcher seemed to be way too far in front of the plate, and by the time he turned to put the tag on Charles he had already scored. A nice slide around the back of the plate helped him beat the bang-bang play.
The next inning was the one that blew the game open though as the Boilers put five runs on the board. The big hit of the inning was the triple by Cameron Perkins. That scored two runs, and really seemed to get the crowd into the game. Kevin Plawecki drove in Perkins with a sacrifice fly, and Barrett Serrato finished off the scoring in the fifth with a bomb that hit the scoreboard. This game was a great way to start the Boilermaker weekend. Over the next couple of days I hope to catch the spring game, and the rest of the games against Michigan. Here are a couple more pictures from the game today that didn’t make the post.
Edit: Since I was on the road I was not able to scan in my scorecards. Here they are a little late.