Early Lead Slips Away As Purdue Tops Vikings, 16-4

May 18, 2005

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East Cleveland, Ohio - A 2-0, second-inning CSU advantage was not nearly enough to hold of Purdue at Forest Hill Park on Wednesday (May 18), as the Boilermakers put the game away with 16 runs in the next six innings to top the Vikings, 16-4.

Things looked good early on for the Vikings, as CSU starter Nathan Schaefer held Purdue to a lone single in the first two innings.

Meanwhile, Cleveland State rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the second with three straight hits to start the inning. Dominic Erney led off with a double down the right field line, moved to third on a single by Marc Sikora and came in on a single right center by Jeff Katlen. Sikora then tallied the second run on a ground out to short by Josh Geric for a 2-0 lead.

The lead would be the last for the Vikings, however, as Purdue struck for three in the third and six in the fourth to go ahead 9-2.

A two run home run by Katlen in the bottom of the fourth would cut the deficit to 9-4, but the Boilermakers would cross the plate seven more times in the next four innings to put the game out of reach.

Sikora finished the game 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Katlen would drive in three on two hits.

Purdue rapped out 20 hits on the day, led by Matt Bush, who went 4-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, and Mitch Hilligoss, who drove in five runs on a pair of hits. Meanwhile, reliever Skyler Young held CSU to two hits in three innings of work.

The loss sends the Vikings to 10-33 on the season, while Purdue improves to 22-27 overall. Schaefer took the loss to drop to 1-4, while Jay Buente moves to 2-2 with the win.

CSU will begin a four-game set with Butler on Thursday (May 19) beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Forest Hill Park.

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