Purdue Snaps Eagle Winning Streak with 7th Inning Rally
March 3, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Purdue rallied for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh in leading the Boilermakers to a 10-9 victory over Southern Miss in the second day of the Auburn Tournament at Plainsman Park here Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (7-4) had a five-game winning streak snapped as they gave up a season-high for both runs and hits (15).
With Southern Miss holding a 9-3 advantage, the Boilermakers (7-1) capped a six-hit seventh, all with two outs, with a three-run home run by Barrett Serrato. The blast was his first of the season.
The comeback ruined a solid starting assignment by redshirt-freshman Jake Drehoff who allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Cameron Giannini, who did not register an out and allowed three hits and one walk, gave up four runs to suffer the loss and fall to 1-1.
After falling behind early in the contest, Blake Brown, who had three hits and drove in four runs for the Golden Eagles, put Southern Miss up in the third inning 4-2 with a three-run home run. It was the first round-tripper for the team this season.
Southern Miss then added four runs in the fifth. Mason Robbins, who extended his hitting streak to eight games, drove in the frame's first run with a single. Ryan Ellis and Chase Fowler added RBI singles of their own before Travis Creel knocked in a run on a safety squeeze bunt.
Brown then drove in another run in the sixth with a single, which plated Ashley Graeter who finished the day with a pair of doubles and two walks. That ended the Golden Eagle scoring as they took a 9-3 advantage.
Jack DeAno, the fourth Boilermaker pitcher of the afternoon, registered the victory by limiting Southern Miss to two walks over the final three innings. He improved to 1-0 on the year.
The Golden Eagles complete play in the Auburn Tournament with a 3 p.m., contest against the host Tigers.