WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Penn State baseball team remained hot, sweeping a doubleheader 2-1 and 6-5 against Purdue on Saturday to remain perfect in Big Ten play.
The Nittany Lions (15-13 overall, 4-0 Big Ten) have won 10 of 11 and guaranteed themselves a series victory against the Boilermakers (5-21, 1-4) for the first time since 2007
In the opener, Jim Haley’s RBI double in the seventh was the difference in a well-pitched game by Tim Dunn and Dakota Forsyth, who combined for a one-hitter. Greg Guers led off the seventh with a single, moved to second on Tyler Kendall’s bunt and trotted home on Haley’s smash down the left field line.
Starter Dunn allowed just one hit and one unearned run over the first five innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Forsyth (2-1) entered a 1-1 game in the sixth after Dunn loaded the bases on two walks and a hit batsmen. Purdue’s Kyle Wood then smashed a liner that Nittany Lion first baseman J.J. White made a diving grab and turned into an unassisted double play. Forsyth got out of the jam on a groundout.
Forsyth closed with three more hitless innings, allowing just a walk.
Nick Riotto also drove in a run for the Penn State and made a run-saving catch in the second inning. Krieg’s single in the third was the lone hit for the Boilermakers.
In the nightcap, Penn State scored all six runs in the second inning. James Coates delivered the big blow, a three-run homer to cap the outburst. Kendall and Zach Ell smacked RBI singles to plate the first two runs and Alex Malinsky belted an an RBI double.
Purdue scored four in the fourth and one in the fifth, but Jack Anderson pitched three shutout innings to earn his third save of the season. Anderson allowed three hits and struck out two. Ian Parvin (3-1) got the win in relief of starter T.J. Jann. Parvin, allowing a run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Haley had two hits to lead the Nittany Lion offense.
The two teams meet again today. With a win, Penn State can sweep Purdue for the first time in program