May 11, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Purdue scored a total of seven unearned runs and it proved to be the difference as the Boilermakers downed the Michigan State baseball team, 9-3, on Monday (May 11) in the final home game of the season at McLane Baseball Stadium.
"I'm disappointed for our seniors because those kids have been through a lot and those kids have done a great job for us all season," said MSU head coach Jake Boss Jr. "We would have really like to send them out on a better note than what we did these past two games."
Purdue grabbed an early lead with an RBI single in the first and then three consecutive one-out singles in the third led to two more runs for a 3-0 lead.
The Spartans put together back-to-back bunts by Brandon Eckerle and Eli Boike to leadoff the third inning but a double play quickly subsided the threat. MSU was able to salvage a run however, as a Chris Roberts single scored Eckerle to make it a 3-1 game.
With two outs in the fifth, a critical Spartan error extended the inning and led to four unearned runs for the Boilermakers, keyed by a two-RBI double from Drew Madia.
The Boilermakers added solo runs in the sixth and seventh, again, both unearned, to take a 9-1 lead.
In his final game at McLane Baseball Stadium, senior Eric Roof hit a solo home run to right field to lead off the seventh for the Green and White. Jonathan Roof drove in another run in the inning with a single to make it 9-3.
MSU was able to get a runner on with a walk in the eighth but the next six batters of the game were sent down in order.
"We have a chance to play again tomorrow," said Boss. "I guess the one good thing about it is that we can try and turn things around tomorrow and gain some momentum before we go play Indiana later this week."
Despite allowing just two earned runs, freshman starter Tony Bucciferro suffered his first-career conference loss for the Green and White. He is now 4-2 on the year.
MSU (22-26, 12-9) finished its home slate with a 15-4 mark at home.
The Spartans will play their fourth game in four days on Tuesday (May 12) at 3 p.m. when they travel to Mt. Pleasant to take on Central Michigan.