The Purdue North Central baseball team fell to William Penn University 13-3 in six innings Saturday in Winterhaven, FL. The Panthers now stand at 4-3 overall while the Statesmen improved to 11-4.
After a quite first inning and a half, William Penn jumped out to a 8-0 lead in the bottom of the second thanks to sloppy defense from PNC. The Panthers were never really able to recover but scored one run in the third inning and two in the fifth to make it 9-3. The Statesmen pushed across four final runs in the sixth inning to end the game.
Despite the one sided score the Panthers went hit for hit with William Penn on the day with both teams ending with eight hits each. The stat that stands out for the Panthers is the "E" column, where the defense had a melt down and committed 5 errors.
Senior Ryan Frost (1B, HR), and junior Jeff Strbjak (1B, HR) led the Panthers with two hits apiece. Frost also extended his school record hitting streak to 36 games.
Junior Joe Florek took the loss giving up seven runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out one in 1.1 innings. Freshman Tyler Raica came on in the second in relief and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in 3.2 innings. Senior Jesse Cartagena ended the game, giving up four runs on three hits, one walk and two hit batters while not recording an out..
PNC will be playing again tomorrow in a matchup with Lesley College (MA) and Point Park University (PA).