(AP) Ryan Bores scattered nine hits in his first career complete game, and Jimmy Rider drove in three runs as Kent State extended its winning streak to 19 with 7-3 win over top-seeded Purdue. The Golden Flashes (43-17), who have the nation’s longest active streak, will play in a NCAA regional final for the second consecutive year. Bores (9-2) saved a pitching staff that worked through 21 innings in a 7-6 victory over Kentucky on Friday night. Rider — the career hits leader for Kent State and Mid-American Conference — had three more to give him 349.
No. 14 Purdue baseball scored all seven of its runs with two outs and Joe Haase earned his program-record 11th win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball, leading the Boilermakers to a 7-2 win against Valparaiso Friday evening on the opening night of the NCAA Tournament. Purdue (45-12) will play Kent State Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at U.S. Steel Yard ballpark. The Golden Flashes outlasted Kentucky, 7-6, in a 21-inning marathon Friday, a game that ranks as the second longest in NCAA Division I Tournament history. That game will air on BTN and BTN2Go.com. Read more at Purduesports.com and track the entire tournament at NCAA.com.
BTN & BTN2Go is airing all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional. The other three teams in this one of 16 NCAA regional events: No. 2 regional seed Kentucky, No. 3 regional seed Kent State and No. 4 regional seed Valparaiso.
On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference office announced it has suspended Purdue’s Eric Charles and Indiana’s Casey Smith for one game apiece for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl during Saturday night’s 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game. Charles will serve his suspension during Purdue’s opening NCAA Championship game Friday, while Smith will be suspended for Indiana’s 2013 season opener. Watch the play that resulted in the suspensions now.
One day after winning the school’s first Big Ten tournament title and, in the process, earning the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, Purdue was selected as one of 16 NCAA Regional hosts, it was announced Sunday. The Boilermakers (44-12), who also won the Big Ten regular-season crown, will host the four-team regional Friday-Sunday at U.S. Steel Yard in Gary, Ind. Lambert Field, Purdue’s home, and Loeb Stadium in Lafayette, Ind., did not meet NCAA requirements, so the regional moves to Gary.
Following the completion of the 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament on Saturday night, the Big Ten office released the all-tournament team. Purdue won the school’s first Big Ten tourney, thanks to an exciting 6-5 victory over heated rival Indiana, and it had five players earn honors, headlined by Most Outstanding Player Kevin Plawecki. Watch one of Plawecki’s two home runs from the tournament now and see the entire team in this post.