The Purdue North Central baseball team concluded its season with a 10-6 defeat against St. Francis University Friday night in Whiting. The Panthers concluded the CCAC Tournament with a 2-2 record and finished 3rd of 6 teams after entering as the #6 seed.
The game was tied through 4 innings at 1 apiece before poor defense by the Panthers and strong hitting by the Fighting Saints made the difference.
St. Francis scored 3 runs in the 5th inning and added 4 more in the 7th inning to make it 8-1. They added 2 more in the 9th inning before PNC exploded for 5 runs in the 9th to make it interesting.
PNC had 12 hits but couldn't seem to get them when it mattered as they stranded 8 runners. St. Francis had 14 that were also timely as they stranded just 4 and took advantage of 4 Panther errors. PNC also had 4 costly wild pitches in the contest.
Junior Tim Newman started for the Panthers and gave up 4 runs on 8 hits and a hit batter while striking out 1 in 4.1 innings. Junior Mike Bradley gave up 3 more on 2 hits a walk and a strikeout in 2 innings. Sophomore Trevor Williams came on and gave up 1 unearned run in two-thirds of an inning. Finally, freshman Jordan Polito gave up 2 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits while striking out 2 over the final 2 innings.
Junior Ched Gaskin led the Panthers with 2 hits, including a HR and 2B while collecting 3 RBI. He concluded the season with a school record 73 RBI.
Sophomore Colin Willis (2 hits, HR, 2 RBI), senior Nate Hall (2 hits), junior Brad Dubois (2B), junior Rich Myers (HR, RBI) and sophomore Kevin Gates (2 hits, 2B) all contributed for the Panthers.
PNC concluded the season with a 29-30 record and won 11 of their final 16 games. The young team matured throughout the season to earn the 3rd most victories in a season in program history (32 in 2006 and 31 in 2009).