Big Ten Baseball Tournament - Game 3 Live Blog
May 21, 2009
FINAL: Purdue 12, Michigan State 9
3:35 p.m.: A triple by Jeff Holm made it 12-9, but the Spartans couldn't pull off the comeback.
3:23 p.m.: Purdue gets three insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Michigan State needs five to force extras as we head to the bottom of the ninth.
3:00 p.m.: We head into the ninth with Purdue still clinging to a two-run lead.
2:57 p.m.: Purdue tacks one on in the top of the eighth and Michigan State responds in the bottom half. It's 9-7 Boilermakers with two outs and a runner on second for the Spartans.
2:44 p.m.: Headed into the eighth, it's still 8-6 Purdue. Bucciferro on to pitch for the Spartans.
2:15 p.m.: Michigan State catcher Seth Williams rips a two-run blast to center to make it 8-6. The ball carried completely out of the park and hit a passing van on the fly.
2:12 p.m.: Purdue has scored in every inning so far, tacking on another in the sixth. The inning ends on a strange play as a runner left early, attempting to score on a fly ball.
1:54 p.m.: Purdue freshman second baseman starts a slick double play to end the Michigan State threat. It's 7-4 Boilers headed into the sixth.
1:47 p.m.: A one-out double by Eric Roof forces Jansen from the game, bringing on right-hander Drew Wurdack from the Purdue bullpen. It's a three-run game with a runner in scoring position and one out for the Spartans.
1:43 p.m.: Back-to-back jacks ... A.J. Shindler adds a long ball of his own to make it a 7-4 ballgame.
1:41 p.m.: After Purdue gets another in the fifth to make it 7-2, MSU cuts into the lead with a leadoff homer by right-fielder Eli Boike.
1:34 p.m.: Eric Nielsen gives the Boilermakers another cushion with a triple to left. It's now 6-2 Purdue in the top of the fifth.
1:17 p.m.: Dunn gets David Blount to ground out, leaving the bases juiced. It's 5-2 Purdue headed into the bottom of the fourth.
1:15 p.m.: Achter walks two to load the bases, bringing on reliever A.J. Dunn.
12:47 p.m.: Dan Black has his Boilermakers back on top after a two-run bomb that bounced on the right-field roof and out of the ballpark.
12:40 p.m.: We're all tied up at through two after RBI singles by MSU's Jonathan Roof and Eli Boike.
12:30 p.m.: Haveman knocks another hit - this time a run-scoring single to drive in Barrett Serrato, who reached on a leadoff hit. Purdue is up, 2-0, with two outs in the second.
12:22 p.m.: No runs and a single by Chris Roberts for the Spartans in the home half of the first.
12:15 p.m.: In the top half of the first, one run on two hits for the Boilers.
12:13 p.m.: MSU first baseman Jeff Holm makes a slick play to get the second out, but Purdue pushes a run across on a fielder's choice.
12:11 p.m.: A single by Eric Charles and Dan Black's hit-by-pitch load the bases for Drew Madia with one out.
12:07 p.m.: Play ball! Achter's first pitch to Purdue center fielder Brandon Haveman is a strike. Haveman take's Achter's next offering to deep left for a double.
11:37 a.m.: Under a half-hour until it's No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 6 Purdue. On the mound for the Spartans is right-hander A.J. Achter (3-5, 3.48 ERA). The Boilers will counter with left-hander Matt Jansen (4-6, 6.52 ERA).
10:37 a.m.: We’re about an hour and a half away from first pitch. Before we get into it, let’s see what people are writing about Big Ten baseball…
Playing in front of a hometown crowd in Columbus, Indiana’s Eric Arnett was masterful.