WICHITA, Kan. - No. 24 Purdue used a four-run sixth inning to pull away from Wichita State for a 10-5 win.
Kevin Hall went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Shockers, while Taylor Doggett went 1-for-4 with two RBI. Starter Albert Minnis took the loss. He pitched 5.2 innings and gave up six earned runs on nine hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
Purdue jumped on the board in the first inning. Tyler Spillner and Eric Charles led the game off with singles and advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt. A wild pitch by Minnis brought home Spillner and after a walk put runners at first and third, Minnis struck out the next two batters to get out of trouble.
The Boilermakers added to their lead in the fourth inning. Kyle Upp led off the inning with a single and scored on a triple by Stephen Talbott to give Purdue a 2-0 lead.
Purdue added two more runs in the fifth inning to go in front 4-0. The Shockers finally put something together in the bottom of the fifth.
Ryan Hege was hit by a pitch with one out and Dayne Parker singled with two outs to move Hege to third. Hall extended his hitting streak to eight games with a double to left field to score Hege and Doggett followed that up with a single through the left side to score Parker and Hall to cut the lead to 4-3.
The Boilermakers used three hits, including a three-run home run from Sean McHugh, to score four in the sixth and take an 8-3 lead.
Hall drove in another run in the seventh to make the score 8-4, but Purdue answered with two in the eighth. The Shockers scored the final run of the game in the eighth on a solo home run by Johnny Coy for the final score of 10-5.
The two teams meet for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. on Sat., March 17.