The Purdue North Central baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader verses Ashford University Tuesday afternoon in Westville. PNC won the first game 6-2 and fell in the nightcap 2-1.
In the first game the Panthers capitalized on 4 walks and 2 errors while knocking out 6 hits for the victory.
Junior Tim Newman pitched a complete game giving up two earned runs on seven hits and two walks while punching out eight.
Sophomore Colin Willis (1-2, 3 RBI, BB) and junior Brad Dubois (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) each contributed mightily to the victory. Junior Ched Gaskin (1B, BB) had the final RBI on his lone hit while sophomore Kevin Gates added two hits including a double and scored two runs.
In game 2 the Panthers lost 2-1 as they stranded nine base runners while collecting six more hits.
Junior Mike Bradley took the loss going 4.1 innings, striking out seven and giving up two earned runs on three hits and two walks. Freshman John Cristo walked one before senior Shane Prance came in to finish out the game striking out two without giving up a hit in 2.2 innings.
Willis had two more hits and one run scored and Gaskin again had the other RBI on his hit.
"It's difficult to win when no one steps up with the big hit. We definitely had our chances to score, but we did not execute" hitting coach Chris Schultz added.
The Panthers moved to 6-10 overall and will open conference play at Holy Cross on Friday, March 16 in South Bend.