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Win: BEARD (1-1) 6.221117
Loss: Hammel (1-1) 2.122021
Shaikin (VALPO) 401000
Leone (VALPO) 401000
Jacob (VALPO) 211010
Kapers (VALPO) 401100
OLUND (PUR) 403000
Purdue Tops Valpo on Wednesday in West Lafayette
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Purdue Tops Valpo on Wednesday in West Lafayette
Chad Jacob doubled for Valpo's first hit of the game with two outs in the seventh on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University baseball team came up short against Big Ten foe Purdue on Wednesday night in West Lafayette as the Boilermakers edged the Crusaders 4-1 at Alexander Field. Purdue left-handed pitcher Ryan Beard dominated unlike any opposing pitcher Valpo has seen this season, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh until the Crusaders finally scratched out consecutive hits to end his day.

How It Happened

  • The Boilermakers (11-10) struck first with an unearned tally in the opening inning. Leadoff man Harry Shipley legged out an infield single, then moved to second on a wild throw by the Valpo shortstop. That miscue put Shipley in position to cross the dish on a sharp two-out single by Jacson McGowan.
  • Purdue scratched out another unearned run in the third as McGowan walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. That spelled the end of the day for starting pitcher Jarrett Hammel (Brook, Ind. / South Newton [Saint Joseph’s]), as Hayden Kissee (Cumberland, Ind. / Greenfield Central [Kaskaskia]) was summoned from the bullpen. The senior right hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam without further damage.
  • McGowan crushed a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the fifth, doubling the Purdue lead to 4-0. The fifth inning did feature a defensive highlight as third baseman Chad Jacob (Irvine, Calif. / Woodbridge) made a diving stop and threw to first for the third out.
  • Purdue loaded the bases with one away in the sixth, but Chase Dawson (Chesterton / Andrean) made an impressive play and started a 4-6-3 double play.
  • Valpo’s first hit of the game against Beard came with two outs in the seventh as Jacob ripped a double down the right-field line. The second hit came on the very next batter as Scott Kapers (Schererville, Ind. / Mt. Carmel) grounded one sharply through the left side, allowing Jacob to speed home.  
  • Ross Learnard pitched the ninth inning for Purdue and nailed down his second save. A one-out hit followed by a walk allowed the Crusaders to bring the tying run to the plate, but Learnard recorded the final two outs to secure the win for the Boilermakers.

Inside the Game

  • The Crusaders (7-14) were vying for their first-ever three-game winning streak in the head-to-head series with Purdue. They beat the Boilermakers each of the last two seasons.
  • Beard (1-1) picked up the win for Purdue, allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.
  • Hammel (1-1) was hit with the loss after yielding two runs (none earned) on two hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.
  • Jacob, Kapers, Sam Shaikin (West Hills, Calif. / Chatsworth) and Zack Leone (Pelham Manor, N.Y. / Fordham Prep [Susquehanna]) were the only Crusaders with hits. Jacob’s double was the lone Valpo extra-base knock of the day.

Up Next

The Crusaders will embark on their first season in the Missouri Valley Conference on Friday as they start a three-game series with Bradley at 3 p.m. CT at Emory G. Bauer Field. All three games in the series will be broadcast on 95.1 FM Valparaiso. Live audio and stats will both be available online, and @ValpoBaseball will have live tweets.