J.C. Coban knocked in Penn State’s lone run in the first inning but it wasn’t enough as the Nittany Lions fell to Purdue, 6-1 at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday.
It was Penn State’s eighth-straight loss and a lackluster start to a weekend series against the Boilermakers (8-14, 1-3 Big Ten). The Nittany Lions (5-16, 0-4 Big Ten) notched just five hits to Purdue’s nine and Penn State stranded seven runners on base.
Coban sent a Jordan Minch pitch down the first base line to give the Nittany Lions their second hit of the game and plated Elliot Searer, who had reached base on a fielder’s choice, in the process. But Penn State’s offense would stall from that point. Steve Snyder, Searer, Zach Ell and James Coates added hits for Penn State the rest of the way.
The Nittany Lions left a runner on base in every remaining inning except the fourth and seventh frames. After tying the game in the third, the Boilermakers would take the lead for good in the fourth.
Jack Picchiotti led off with a single up the middle and Kyle Johnson drew a walk from Penn State starter T.J. Jann. Connor Hudnall followed with a single and Brandon Krieg walked and plated Picchiotti in the process.
The Boilermakers would add two runs in the fifth.
After Penn State brought in Nick Hedge to relieve Jann, Purdue’s Sean McHugh reached on an error then stole second. McHugh advanced to third on Kyle Wood’s groundout then scored when Angelo Cianfrocco blasted a double to right field. Cianfrocco scored the final run of the inning off of Johnson’s double.
Purdue added a run in the eighth and ninth. Jann (1-4) took the loss while Minch (3-3) earned the win. Ian Parvin and Casey Kulina also pitched for Penn State. Nittany Lion pitchers combined for five strikeouts and six walks and gave up four earned runs.