HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue Northwest baseball team closed out a series sweep Sunday as they defeated the Parkside Rangers 12-4. Alex Batistatos picked up his first win of the season and sophomore Kyle Freel picked up the save in three quality innings.
Hunter Thorn scored the first run of the game after an errant throw from the SS going to second base in the first innings.
The second inning was when the Pride absolutely broke the game open. Thorn once again provided the pop, as he knocked a 2-RBI single into the outfield bringing home John Cory and Michael Woods. Ray Hilbrich then came up next and knocked in Nick Albanese with a base hit into right-center field. Brett Veltema batted next and reached on an error allowing Hunter Thorn to come across. After Ray Hilbrich scored on a fielders’ choice, Michael Woods walked with the bases loaded to bring home Veltema. John Cory then hit a base hit up the middle bringing Ray Hansen and Anthony Agne across the plate. Albanese closed out the outburst with an RBI single and the Pride went into the top of the third with a commanding 10-0 lead.
The Rangers would respond with four runs in the top of the third, including a pair of RBI for Noah Tyrrell on a single to right field.
The Pride would add two more runs in the game as Hilbrich singled bringing Thorn home once again and freshman Justin Graves, who replaced Albanese in left field, drove Woods home on a bouncing grounder that he successfully legged out on an infield single.
After Batistatos’ closed out the sixth inning, reigning GLIAC freshman of the year Kyle Freel threw three strong innings allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out four Rangers.
With the win PNW improves to 6-2 in conference play, placing them third among GLIAC competitors. The series sweep improves the team’s winning streak to five and Dave Griffin’s group has now won seven of its last eight games.
Up next, PNW hosts Saint Xavier Wednesday, April 3 at Dowling Park. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.