The Purdue North Central Baseball team was swept by CCAC opponent Olivet Nazarene this weekend despite a two strong pitching performances.
In game one on Friday senior Shane Prance (3-4) took the loss in the nine inning game in Westville by the score of 4-3.
Prance went five scoreless innings before finally giving up one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh. He struck out eight batters against three walks while allowing eight hits. Juniors Mike Bradley and Chuck Meyers came out of the bullpen and threw the eighth and ninth innings. Bradley stuck out one and gave up a run on two hits and a walk while Meyers had two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
The Panthers offence combined for a total of seven hits. Leading PNC was sophomore Colin Willis with two hits, one of which was a double. Junior Brad Dubois had a 2-run triple and junior Ched Gaskin also added a run-scoring double.
On Saturday the Panthers outhit Olivet five hits to four in game one but fell 3-1. Senior Tony Hoolehan (2-5) took the loss despite going the distance with four strikeouts and 0 earned runs. However, Hoolehan hurt himself with three walks in the second inning when Olivet scored all of their runs.
Leading the Panther's offence once again was Willis who had two hits and Freshman Ty Taylor with a double and a single. Junior Brad Dubois had the only RBI of the game on a single in the fourth inning.
In game two, the Panthers lost the third game of the series 8-2 even though they outhit Olivet again 11 hits to 10. Olivet was able to take advantage of 5 Panther walks and 3 hit batsmen.
Freshman starting pitcher Dan Snyder (3-2) had a rough outing giving up 6 earned runs on a total of seven hits and three walks in two innings. Freshman Jordan Polito pitched an inning of relief and gave up two earned runs on one hit. Junior Tim Newman was next out of the bullpen and threw two innings with no earned runs. Freshman Cody Jansen finished the last inning giving up no runs and striking out one.
The Panthers are now 16-22 overall and 7-9 in the CCAC. They will host CCAC opponent Cardinal Stritch (WI) on Wednesday in Westville for a two game series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.