May 21, 2011
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Iowa baseball team dropped its season finale at Purdue Saturday afternoon, 5-2, in the final game of a three-game set. The contest was played at Lambert Field on the campus of Purdue.
The Boilermakers earned their first-ever sweep of the Hawkeyes in a series of at least three games with the victory. Iowa won all five contests against Purdue a year ago.
Five Hawkeyes recorded a base hit in the contest and three tallied multi-hit games as Iowa outhit Purdue, 9-6. Mike McQuillan went 3-for-4 with an RBI, notching his team-leading 21st multi-hit game of the season. The junior recorded three hits in a game on a team-best seven occasions. Junior Chett Zeise went 2-for-4, tallying his 13th multi-hit contest of the year. Senior Kurt Lee went 2-for-4 with an RBI in his final contest as a Hawkeye. Senior Trevor Willis recorded his conference-leading ninth triple of the season.
Iowa (20-32, 9-15) grabbed an early lead in the top of the first inning. Senior Zach McCool scored on an RBI single by McQuillan to give the Hawkeyes a 1-0 advantage.
Purdue (36-18, 14-10) answered in the bottom half of the inning. The Boilermakers took advantage of one hit and four free passes to score four runs in the frame and take a 4-1 lead.
The visitors tallied a run on a Lee RBI single in the following frame to cut the lead to 4-2. Purdue added a run of its own in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 5-2.
The Hawkeyes were unable to push across any runs after a rain delay in the sixth inning, giving the Boilermakers the three-run victory.
Junior Patrick Lala started for Iowa and took the loss. He allowed four runs on one hit in one third of an inning. Zach Kenyon equaled a career-high, pitching six and two-thirds innings in relief. The senior allowed one run on four hits. He struck out two. Tim Fangman also saw action out of the Iowa bullpen. The junior pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Joe Haase started and earned the win for Purdue. He allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings pitched. Mike Sudbury pitched the final three frames for the Boilermakers to earn his third save of the season. He allowed no runs on two hits.
|Purdue 5, Iowa 2||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Iowa (20-32, 9-15)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||9||0|
|Purdue (36-18, 14-10)||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||X||5||6||2|
|W: Haase (PUR) 6-3|
|L: Lala (UI) 2-6|
|SV: Sudbury (PUR) 3|