Purdue homers four times, tops Southeast Missouri State baseball

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Southeast Missouri State baseball team's pitching staff gave up 16 hits, including four home runs, as Purdue pulled out a 13-5 win Saturday to clinch the three-game series at Capaha Field.

A crowd of 2,216 people were on hand for the first tailgate of the season, which was sponsored by Jimmy John's and River Eagle Distributing.

The Redhawks scattered eight hits, as Clayton Evans, Tristen Gagan and Chris Caffrey each had a pair of hits for the hosts. Chris Osborne and Caffrey each had two RBIs for Southeast (5-4).

Redhawks starter Robert Beltran retired only two batters before exiting the game in the top of the first inning. He allowed four runs on five hits and didn't factor into the decision.

A total of six Southeast hurlers combined to allow only one walk.

Ryan Losman (0-1) was tagged with the pitching loss after allowing the go-ahead run in the top of the fourth. Carlos Vega threw four innings and struck out six batters for the Redhawks.

Purdue (5-4) strung together five straight hits to plate four runs in the top of the first. Jared Waldhoff retired the lone batter he faced to end the inning.

Southeast answered in the bottom of the frame when Dan Holst drew a one-out walk and scored on a home run by Gagan, his third of the season, cutting the Boilermakers' lead to 4-2.

A fielding error allowed Purdue to tack on a run in the top of the third before the Redhawks responded in the bottom of the inning. Gagan drew a two-out walk, followed by an infield hit by Caffrey. Kylar Robertson laced a double down the left-field line before Osborne's two-run single tied the game at 5-all.

That deadlock was short-lived, as Harry Shipley led off the fourth with a solo homer to give the Boilermakers a 6-5 lead. An RBI single by Logan Poisall extended Purdue's lead to 7-5 after 3 1/2 innings.

The Boilermakers added a pair of two-run home runs in the top of the eighth before John Legare added another two-run shot in the ninth to complete the scoring.

Poisall, Mike Medej and Alec Olund each had three hits to lead the way for Purdue. Olund and Poisall drove in three runs each.

The top five in the Boilermakers' lineup all touched home at least twice.

Gareth Stroh (1-1) picked up the pitching win for Purdue. He threw six innings and allowed five runs -- all earned -- on seven hits. He struck out three batters and walked two.

Dalton Parker earned his first save of the year after entering to start the seventh inning. He allowed one hit in three innings of work, finishing with six strikeouts.

Southeast will try to avoid a sweep when the two teams meet again at 1 p.m. today at Capaha Field.

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