May 25, 2012
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Around the Tournaments: Friday recaps
Pitching and defense carry
Purdue past Indiana
By Phil Stanton
Ohio – If pitching and defense really do win championships,
it might be time to start engraving that trophy.
Lance Breedlove (right) and Blake Mascarello
combined on a six-hit shutout and the defense played errorless
baseball for the second straight night as top-seeded Purdue
blanked second-seeded Indiana 3-0 in the Big Ten Tournament at
The Hoosiers (31-27) will face fifth-seeded
Michigan State in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The winner of that game will have to beat the Boilermakers
(43-12) on Saturday night and again on Sunday afternoon to win
“I thought it was a well-played college baseball
game,” said Purdue head coach Doug Schreiber. “Hats off to both
pitching staffs, I thought they did a great job.”
Breedlove (8-5) was outstanding. He allowed just
two hits in the first seven innings, a single in the first and
another in the third. The right-hander ran into trouble in the
eighth, with his team holding a 2-0 lead. After a come-backer to
the mound started the inning, Will Nolden and Tim O’Conner both
singled to put men on first and second.
One of the biggest plays by the Purdue defense
came next and did not result in an out. IU leadoff hitter Justin
Cureton laced a ball down the third base line. Cameron Perkins
dove to his right and got a glove on the ball, causing it to
roll slightly behind him in foul territory instead of finding
the left field corner. Nolden was forced to stop at third,
leaving the bases loaded and keeping the Hoosiers off the
“In that situation we were in ‘no doubles’ so I
was shading the line a little bit,” Perkins said. “He hit it
really hard and I happened to get some glove on it. I was upset
with myself. I thought I should have made the play.”
The effort was appreciated in the opposite dugout
was a great play,” said Indiana head coach Tracy Smith (left).
“To me, that was the play of the game. That was an unbelievable
play. He didn’t get the out but boy, did he save some runs right
The next play was critical as well. With
Mascarello having relieved Breedlove, Kyle Schwarber hit a
bouncer to Perkins at third, who tried to start the 5-4-3 double
play. The relay throw to first by second baseman Eric Charles
was not handled cleanly by first baseman Ryan Bridges, allowing
Nolden to touch home plate. But second base umpire Jim Schaly
ruled that Cureton slid into the defender and not into the bag,
awarding the double play and taking the run off the board for
The play by Perkins allowed the Boilermakers to
get out of that inning without any runs scoring.
“If he’s not on the line, that’s a possible tie
ballgame with the lead run in scoring position,” Schreiber said.
“He did a great job just getting a glove on it and gave us a
chance to get the double play.”
Purdue added an insurance run in the bottom of
the eighth as Perkins drove a double down the left field line to
start the inning and scored on a base hit by Kevin Plawecki.
The Hoosiers rallied in the top of the ninth,
using a two-out walk and single to bring the tying run to the
plate. Mascarello got pinch-hitter Chad Clark to ground out to
second to end the contest.
Breedlove worked 7.1 innings with five hits, two
walks and two strikeouts. Mascarello allowed a hit and a walk in
the final 1.2 innings to record his third save.
“I thought the big key for us was that we didn’t
allow one of their leadoff hitters to get on,” Schreiber said.
“We got all nine of them out.”
The Purdue pair combined for 19 outs by ground
“I went out there trying to throw strikes and let
my defense do the work,” Breedlove said. “They did a great job.
I trusted my defense and they were making great plays out
Purdue snapped the scoreless tie in the bottom of
the fifth. Sean McHugh drew a leadoff walk and was erased at
second on a failed sacrifice attempt by David Miller. Stephen
Talbott singled and Andrew Dixon walked, loading the bases and
ending the night for starter Kyle Hart. Jonny Hoffman entered
and got Charles to hit a grounder to short. The ball was
slightly bobbled before getting the force out at second. The
relay throw to first was not in time for the double play,
allowing Miller to score the first run. Perkins followed with a
base hit to bring home Talbott and make it 2-0.
(photos courtesy of Purdue and Indiana Media Relations Office)