The Illinois State baseball team was never able to recover from Purdue's six-run first inning as the host Boilermakers took a 9-6 win over the Redbirds Tuesday at Alexander Field.
Every run in Tuesday's game was scored with two outs, including all six of Purdue's first-inning runs.
Redbird starter Craig Larkin surrendered six runs (five earned) on seven hits on the first inning. Reliever Matt Lambert allowed three runs over 2.2 innings of work. Mitch Vogrin followed with 1.1 scoreless innings, with two strikeouts. Jack Czeszewski took over from there, pitching a scoreless sixth inning. Jake Sale pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning, with a pair of strikeouts, before Koziol worked a scoreless eighth.
Ryan Koziol and Blake Molitor registered two hits apiece in the loss. Joe Kelch and Sean Beesley drove in two runs each and Hendren scored a pair of runs.
The Redbirds return to action Friday when they will play the first game of a four-game set against visiting SIU-Edwardsville. First pitch at Duffy Bass Field is set for 4:30 p.m. Friday.