The Purdue North Central baseball team used an 18-hit attack to eliminate #4 seed Robert Morris 11-7 in the third round of the CCAC Tournament Thursday afternoon in Whiting, IN. The #6 Panthers, who have already defeated #1 Judson, will now take on #2 seed St. Francis in a 3 p.m. game Friday.
Sloppy baseball by the Panthers allowed Robert Morris to stay in the game as the Eagless managed just 6 hits and scored in only 2 innings. The Eagles scored 3 in the 1st, taking advantage of 3 Panther errors (5 overall). They added 4 more in the 6th to cut PNC lead to 8-7. Robert Morris took advantage of 4 walks, a hit batter and an error in the 6th to close the gap.
But PNC scored in every inning but the 8th to control the game. PNC, the home team, scored single runs in the 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th innings and added 2 in the 1st and 7th and 3 in the 3rd. Besides the 18 hits the Panthers took advantage of 6 Eagle errors, 5 walks and a hit batter. The Panthers left 12 men on base and the Eagles turned 3 double plays.
Senior Nate Hall (4 hits, HR, 3 RBI, SB) and junior Greg Toliver (3 hits, HR, 3 RBI) led the way. Sophomore Colin Willis (3 hits, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 3B, SB, BB, SAC), junior Ched Gaskin (3 hits, 3 RBI, 3B), junior Brad Dubois (3 hits), freshmen Ed Moldenhauer (HBP, 2 SACS) and Ty Taylor (hit, 2 BB's) and sophomore Kevin Gates (hit, walk) all contributed to PNC's offensive explosion.
Senior Tony Hoolehan (5-6) earned the win, going 5.1 innings and giving up 7 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 6. Freshman Cody Jansen came on and recorded an out before senior Shane Prance came on for his 3rd save of the year. Prance struck out 6 while giving up just 2 hits over the final 3.1 innings.