Aaron Snyder threw three and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief as SIU cut the deficit to 7-5 in the middle innings.
May 5, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An early offensive barrage carried Purdue to a 10-5 defeat of Southern Illinois Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field. Purdue (16-27) scored seven runs in the first two innings and held on to complete the three-game sweep of the Salukis (21-27). The Boilermakers became the fourth team to sweep a three-game series from SIU this season.
Things got ugly early as the Boilers tagged SIU starter Derek Fogel for seven runs off eight hits in an inning and a third to build an early 7-0 lead. Ten of the 13 batters Fogel faced reached base as he took the loss, his fourth of the season.
"He got behind hitters, and you just can't pitch from behind all day," SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. "He didn't execute pitches, and they took advantage of it. It was just too big of a hole to overcome."
After rallying for three runs in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 7-3, Southern Illinois made it a game in the middle innings. Austin Montgomery and Cody Daily each hit an RBI single in the top of the fifth to cut the Boilers' lead to 7-5. Montgomery finished with three RBI. He also had a two-run double in the third.
"We were one good inning away from having the thing tied up," Henderson said. "To be down 7-0 and come back and make it a two-run game is a credit to our guys. We battled, and I thought we were in it."
The fifth inning ended with a shallow flyout and a groundout to strand runners at the corners. It was the second time in the game that SIU moved a runner to third base with less than two outs and could not get him home. Jake Welch had led off the game with a triple, but the Salukis could not drive him home.
Aaron Snyder was the first of five relief pitchers used by the Salukis. He kept the Boilermakers scoreless for three and two-thirds of an inning to give his team a chance to get back in the game.
However, Purdue rallied for three runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game away. All three runs were charged to Jacob Williams. He surrendered a two-out, two-run double to Angelo Cianfrocco and was replaced by Matt Murphy. Cianfrocco drove in four runs for Purdue in the game. Cody Strong followed with an RBI single off Murphy to extend the lead to 10-5.
"When we gave up the three spot, that's just too big of a hill to overcome," Henderson said. "When you're down that big for the second time, at some point you just start pressing and try to do too much."
Purdue reliever Brett Andrzejewski ended any thought of an SIU comeback. He entered with one out in the fifth inning and finished the game without giving up a hit. He threw four and two-thirds of an inning and struck out three to earn the win after starter Kyle Wood lasted just four innings. Andrzejewski also faced one batter to earn a save in the first game of the series.
"He's pretty tough," Henderson said. "He throws from underneath and changes speeds well. We obviously didn't solve him all weekend."
SIU will have a four day layoff for final exams before resuming conference play with a three-game series at Bradley beginning Friday at 6 p.m.