WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Penn State suffered its first Big Ten baseball loss of the season as the Nittany Lions fell 4-0 against Purdue on Sunday.
Penn State (15-14 overall, 4-1 Big Ten) outhit Purdue 11-8, but could not break through against four Boilermaker pitchers. The Nittany Lions left 11 runners on base, including multiple runners in the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth innings.
Penn State had three singles in the fourth, but James Coates was caught stealing after a leadoff single. Pinch-hitters Nick Riottho and Sam August singled in the ninth, but the Boilermakers got the final two outs to end the final threat.
Purdue (6-21, 2-4) roughed up Penn State starter Nick Hedge (2-3) for three runs, two earned, in the the first two innings. Kyle Wood had a RBI single in a three-hit first inning. Brandon Krieg belted an RBI double, the only extra base hit of the game, in a two-run second.
Greg Guers had three singles to pace Penn State. Coates and James Haley added two hits each. Ryan Harper pitched well in relief of Hedge, allowing one run on three hits in five innings.
Brett Haan (1-0-) pitched five scoreless innings to earn the victory. Mike Lutz tossed the final three innings to earn the save.
The Nittany Lions, who have won 10 of their last 12, host West Virginia at 6:30 p.m, on Tuesday.