FINAL: No. 5 MSU 7, Purdue 6

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Recapping MSU’s 7-6 win over Purdue at Dudy Noble Field on Saturday.

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• The buzz: MSU found itself trailing 5-2 in the fifth inning, but the bats came alive, and the Bulldogs (8-0) overcame four errors to remain unbeaten. The bullpen showed its depth, as six relievers combined to allow two runs (one earned).

• Big inning: MSU cut it to 5-4 in the fifth, then scored three times in the sixth. Hunter Renfroe broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run triple to right field.

• Key stats: MSU committed four errors, leading to three unearned runs. Purdue had no errors. … MSU turned two double plays, to end the second and sixth innings.

• MSU at the plate: State had 12 hits, with Renfroe recording three. … C.T. Bradford and Daryl Norris notched two hits apiece, and Norris drove in two runs with a double in the second inning, making it 2-0 MSU. … Bradford’s RBI single tied the game at 5-5 in the sixth.

• Purdue at the plate: The Boilermakers (3-4) had 10 hits. … Josh Estill had three hits but no RBIs. … Purdue scored four times in the fourth for a 4-2 lead, and Kyle Wood‘s solo homer in the fifth made it 5-2.

• MSU on the mound: Starter Kendall Graveman gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking one on 50 pitches. … Reliever Preston Brown went 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. … Chad Girodo (1-0) followed with 1 1/3 innings and gave up no runs on no hits with two strikeouts. … Myles Gentry faced two batters, hitting one and then recording an out. … Bradford entered with two outs and two men on in the seventh and fanned Wood on three pitches, preserving a 7-5 lead. He wound up going two-thirds of an inning. … Ben Bracewell recorded two outs without incident. … Jonathan Holder worked the ninth for his third save, but it wasn’t smooth, as Purdue scored an unearned run and had two men on base when Holder got a groundout to end it.

• Purdue on the mound: Starter Robert Ramer went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with five runs on nine hits, striking out one and walking two. … Brett Andrzejewski (0-1) gave up two runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. … Tim McElroy threw two scoreless innings. … Kyle Johnson pitched one-third of an inning.

• Bottom line: MSU hasn’t had to play from behind much this season, so this is something to build confidence when adversity strikes again. Aside from Graveman, who got banged around, the pitching was again very solid.

• Quotable: “I’m really proud of our club. We fell behind early in this ballgame and found a way to get back in the middle of this. Down 5-2, and kids didn’t stop competing even though we did some things that are uncharacteristic.” – MSU coach John Cohen

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