‘Breds drop series to Purdue

Jaci Kohn
Staff writer 

The Murray State ‘Breds lost its fifth game in row Sunday against the Purdue University Boilermakers. The Boilermakers swept the series with a 13-2 win over the ‘Breds.

“You can look at the score and realize we didn’t play well,” senior infielder Travis Isaak said. “It doesn’t take anything away from them, they are a good club and they hit the ball well. We just didn’t make some plays today. We didn’t get timely hits during the game when we were still close.”

The Breds’ got an early lead in the first as Ty Stetson singled to right center followed by Brandon Elliott hitting a sacrifice bunt on which Stetson stole second. Mike Kozlowski delivered an infield single to shortstop before Cody Larson and Paul Ritzheimer both followed with an RBI single to left field.

“We only scored two runs and that’s not enough,” Head Coach Rob McDonald said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are swinging good and some that are going to swing it better. We didn’t play well enough in any aspect of the game this weekend.”

The Boilermakers took control of the game scoring multiple runs in the second, fourth, eighth and ninth innings, taking advantage of big innings to win for the second game in a row

“Pitching started out fine, but as the game got going they started piling on the hits,” McDonald said. “Pitching was pretty respectable. We kicked the ball around a little bit today which we have not been doing, that’s just something that happens every now and again. We are a very defensive team and we did not play that way today.”

Tim Vonder Haar took the loss allowing six hits and three runs in five innings. Kozlowski and Ritzheimer each collected two hits and Elliott drew three walks.

“We got beat pretty candidly on the scoreboard,” he said. “I think our guys came ready to play but we ran into a very good team, who are picked to win the big ten. I don’t think we played our best, certainly but they are a good club and I think we learned something from this.”

The ‘Breds return to play 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 14 when they travel to face No. 22 Kentucky.