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No. 19 Purdue Too Much for ISU

The Illinois State baseball team dropped a doubleheader at 19th-ranked Purdue at Alexander Field on Sunday. The 'Birds fell, 9-2, in game one before falling, 7-6, in 10 innings in game two.


Illinois State, which led 6-5 after eight innings in game two, drops to 7-8 while Purdue jumps to 17-1. The 'Birds had a chance to take the series after defeating the Boilermakers, 4-3, on Thursday in Normal.


Senior Aidan Huggins. recorded five hits on the day, including four in the nightcap.


Purdue started hot with three runs in the 1st inning of the opener but Illinois State got one back in the 3rd inning on a single from Huggins. The Boilermakers scored the game's next six runs as junior Justin Schubert provided two innings of scoreless relief. A double from second-year freshman Jonathan Sabotnik added a run for the Redbirds in the 9th inning.


Illinois State stranded five runners in the first three innings of the second game, scratching across a run on an RBI from sophomore Luke Cheng. Purdue added four runs (three unearned) in the 3rd inning to lead, 4-1.


A 5th-inning wild pitch scored first-year freshman JT Sokolove before senior Nick Gile knocked in Huggins cut the deficit to 4-3. Purdue answered with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning but an RBI triple from sophomore Greg Nichols brought the 'Birds back within one. Sokolove laced an RBI single to tie the game in the 8th before a Huggins sac fly gave the 'Birds a 6-5 lead but the 'Birds stranded the bases loaded in the 8th after scoring the two runs.


Purdue tied the game in the 9th before the 'Birds left the bases loaded in the 10th. A walk-off single in the 10th lifted the Boilermakers to a 7-6 win.


Illinois State is scheduled to play Wednesday against UIC at Duffy Bass Field.

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