HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest baseball team split a doubleheader Thursday with the University of Indianapolis at Dowling Park. The Pride earned the win to start the day, 7-5, before being swiftly defeated 6-0 in the finale.
PNW jumped out in front early, as senior Austin Kordik worked his way around the bases and scored on a wild pitch by Luke Ostenson of the Greyhounds. Hunter Thorn later knocked a ball out to center field allowing Ray Hansen to come across for a 2-0 Pride advantage in the first inning.
The Greyhounds would add runs in the second and third innings before taking a lead of their own after amassing three runs in the fifth after some inconsistent pitching. Catcher Hunter Thorn tacked on another RBI in the bottom half as he knocked in Anthony Agne on a base hit.
After Kordik came up with another RBI on a double in the sixth to tie the game, junior Nick Albanese slapped a base hit that bounced off the glove of a diving Greyhound defender. The ball rolled into left field and Ray Hilbrich got a run on the board to give the Pride the lead. Kordik got his second RBI of the day on a base hit bringing in Hunter Ryan to make the score 7-5.
Brendan Kelly came in for the top half of the eighth and went two complete innings allowing just two hits and striking out two as he picked up the first win of the season for Purdue Northwest.
Kyle Flessner made the start for PNW, and went four innings while allowing four earned runs on three hits and five walks.
There wasn’t much to write home about for the Pride in game two, as UIndy pitcher Jake Sprinkle had the Pride in fits offensively. In a game that was called after five innings due to lighting, Sprinkle needed just 70 pitches to get the complete game shutout. The Pride got just two hits as Sprinkle also struck out eight batters.
Brandon Haczynski started the second game of the day and went two innings and allowed four runs on three hits with two strikeouts. Senior Jade Doyle also made a scoreless appearance in game two as he went one inning with two strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
PNW baseball will hit the road Friday afternoon for a week-long trip to Florida. The team will be staying in Kissimmee and playing five different schools for a total of eight games. The team kicks off the visit to paradise Sunday when they face off against Ave Maria University. Follow along on Twitter @PNW_baseball and online at pnwathletics.com.