The Purdue North Central baseball team split a CCAC doubleheader with Cardinal Stritch University (WI) Wednesday afternoon in Westville. The Panthers lost the first game 12-3 and won the second game 13-5.
In the first game the Wolves beat up PNC's pitchers for 15 hits and 5 walks. Combined with the Panthers' 3 errors it was the perfect storm for a big loss.
Freshman Jordan Polito (2-2) started and gave up 7 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 in 2.1 innings. Junior Tim Newman came on in relief and gave up 2 more runs on 3 hits in 1.2 innings. Freshman Dan Snyder finished the game and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk and added 2 strikeouts over the final 3 innings.
PNC knocked out 10 hits of their own but Cardinal Stritch didn't commit an error and allowed just 2 walks.
Sophomore Colin Willis led the team with 3 hits (3B, 2 SB) while junior Ched Gaskin (2 2B's, RBI) and senior Jeff Strbjak (2 hits, 2 RBI) also had solid games. Freshman Ty Taylor reached twice on walks.
In the second game junior Mike Bradley (2-1) went the distance allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and a walk while striking out 5 to lead the Panthers to a 13-5 victory.
The Panthers pounded out 12 more hits and took advantage of 4 Stritch errors and 7 walks.
Taylor (2 hits, BB, RBI), Willis (2 hits, 2 BB's, 2 RBI, 2 SB), Gaskin (2 RBI, BB), Strbjak (RBI, BB), senior Nate Hall (2 hits, RBI), junior Brad Dubois (2 BB's) junior Greg Toliver (2 hits, 2 RBI) and sophomore Kevin Gates (RBI) all had productive games offensively for PNC.
The Panthers are now 17-23 overall and 8-10 in CCAC play. They play again this Saturday at 12 p.m. when they host St. Xavier in another CCAC doubleheader.