(3) Houston will face (2) Purdue at 12 p.m. CT on Sunday in an elimination game. The winner of that game will face (1) North Carolina at 5 p.m. CT Sunday.
Purdue will throw Ryan Beard (5-3, 4.26 ERA) in the first game today against Houston. Beard has performed well of late, but the junior college transfer will be making the biggest start of his Boilermaker career. The good news is that Houston is out of American Athletic Conference Pitchers of the Year since Aaron Fletcher threw a complete game against us on Friday and Trey Cumbie lasted 7 innings against North Carolina. The bad news is that their bullpen is fully rested. We will likely see Ryan Randel (5-4, 4.54 ERA), but their bullpen has pitched just two innings so far, while ours has thrown 11.
Note: If I was the Coogs, I’d save Randel and pitch Hurdsman in this game. Same thing as the first game, need to get to Purdue early and keep them off the basepaths as much as possible. Don’t want to fall behind and be down after 7.
1 out walk. Randel picks him off. 2 out infield single. K ends the inning
Leadoff 4-pitch walk for Bielo. Double play erases him.
1-2-3 inning for Randel
2 out single for Hollis. Coogs leave him stranded.
Ump had a wide strike zone that inning. Two Coogs called out on strikes…one inside and one outside.
Also, Coogs sent their pitchers to the bullpen before the last inning; Hurdsman did head down there, Bond did not.
2 out HBP. Steals 2nd. Walk. Groundout to Hollis strands the runners.
Watching on E3 here and you’re few minutes ahead. Hopefully get some big bats coming in
Stream is about 2-3 pitches behind. I’m listening to Branham who’s about a pitch behind live play.
Can’t listen to him n watch espn3 w/o knowing whats going to happen.
Etzel with a leadoff single. Infield bunt single for Lovelace, Etzel to 2nd. K and a double play end the threat
Dolan calling for espn3 is actually decent used to call Astros gms during down years
Oh yeah, I like Dolan…just like Branham more. Dolan does a lot of basketball games for the Coogs on ESPN, really knows his stuff.
Leadoff single. Followed by a walk. Sac bunt moves both runners up. That’s it for Randel…Rooney pulls him for Ott.
Infield single, run scores, and runners on the corners…Purdue leads 1-0
Hits the next batter to load the bases. Wild pitch goes into the dugout, 1 run scores, runners at 2nd/3rd…Purdue leads 2-0
Walk loads the bases. Ott is done, Hurdsman on to pitch.
Great play by Hollis to get the double play.
M4…Purdue leads 2-0
why would u take Randel out. Bullpen been weak all year. I tried to say Fri nite don’t get all puffy feeling against Purdue. Not easy beat same team back/back. Horrible coaching decision to take Randel out. Not a man in bullpen been consistent all year.