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4/11/2021 | 12 o’clock
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EAST LANSING, me. – Calvin Schapira hit his season high of seven strokes in the seventh inning, but Purdue Baseball was banned for the fourth time this season on Saturday due to a 11-0 loss to Penn State.
The Nittany Lions (8-12) scored 17 goals while ending the Boilermakers’ winning streak in five games in the head-to-head series. It was a 3-0 game that came out on top of seventh place before PSU scored eight times in the last three frames. The Purdue bullpen has been burdened with 13 runs over his final 4 2/3 innings attributed to Sunday’s loss to Iowa.
Schapira (0-3) was able to book his third quality start in a row. But Penn State opened the seventh inning with consecutive singles and both runners came by to score. The left ended up in seventh place for the second time this season. He didn’t issue a walk and his seven K’s were a big reason the Boilermakers (4-14) hit 12 strikes, hitting double digits for the seventh time this year.
Kyle Virbitsky (1-2) put together his best outing of the season for Penn State, limiting Purdue to five singles over 8 1/3 innings. He also didn’t hit a punch while he hit six. The six to nine parts of the Boilermakers lineup were 0 versus 12 against the right-hander.
Ryan Howe made the best defensive game of the day, diving behind the second base pocket to pick up a one-off single. He moved to Justin Walker Jr. as runner-up to pull back the front runners. It kept PSU from having runners on the corners, but the Nittany Lions still scored the first run of the game later in the frame.
Skyler Hunter led the first and sixth innings, recorded his 69th career multi-hit game, and moved up to eighth place in program history with 234 career hits. The switch hitter has scored safely in five consecutive games.
Tyler Powers won his last game to safely extend his career-high base to 12 games in a row, the longest on the team this season. Powers also made a good game defensively when the third baseman pounced on a sack bunt attempt and withdrew the lead run on third base for the first of the seventh inning.
Ben Nisle’s single in the fourth inning extended his safe streak to seven straight games. Miles Simington was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and is also driving a seven-game series that was safely accomplished.
Purdue was 1:12 with runners on the base and 1:10 with two outs. Penn State recorded seven of their 17 hits with two outs.
The Boilermakers are expected to double header Sunday, playing against Penn State at 12:00 p.m. and Michigan State at 4:00 p.m. ET.