Big Seventh Inning Sinks PNW Baseball in 11-3 Loss to DU in Season Finale

HAMMOND, Ind. – Giving up nine runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Purdue Northwest baseball team gave up an early 3-2 lead and dropped its final game of the season to Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) foe Davenport University (Mich.), 11-3, Sunday afternoon at Albert’s Diamond Jewelers Field at Dowling Park in Hammond, Ind.  Prior to the game, the Pride honored the five seniors on their 2018 roster for Senior Day.  The class included:  Fabian Del Real (Calumet City, Ill./Sauk Valley CC/T.F. North), Mike Mikulich (Hebron, Ind./Hebron), Jacob Lane (Indianapolis, Ind./Kankakee CC/Lawrence Central), Jonny Albers (Waterloo, Ill./Waterloo) and Jimmy Skiff (Dyer, Ind./Andrean).


The Panthers took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning off a RBI single and a sacrifice fly.  PNW answered in the bottom half of the first with freshman Kevin McCune (Munster, Ind./Andrean) hitting a RBI single to left field and sophomore Hunter Thorn (Portage, Ind./Portage) crushing a two-run triple to right field to put Purdue Northwest in front, 3-2.  After five scoreless innings, DU took back the lead for good with its big seventh inning.


The Panthers took advantage of five hits and three errors by the Pride to fuel their nine-run surge in the seventh.  Freshman Chad Patrick (Hebron, Ind./Hebron) took the loss (3-5) as the starter Sunday for the PNW.  He threw 6.1 innings and allowed six hits, seven runs (three earned) and three walks with five strikeouts.


Junior Kyle Flessner (Thomasboro, Ill./Kankakee CC/Rantoul Township) threw two thirds of an inning of relief and gave up three hits, four runs (none earned) and two walks with a strikeout.  Junior Brendan Kelly (Grandville, Mich./Muskegon JC/Grandville) threw a perfect eighth inning and junior Joe Davi (New Lenox, Ill./Joliet JC/Lincoln-Way Central) pitched the ninth and gave up one hit with a strikeout. 


Purdue Northwest finishes the season with an overall record of 18-25.  The Pride finished their first season in the GLIAC in seventh place with an 8-19 conference mark.