Ifft, Baseball Subdue Purdue, 9-2

Peter Ifft
Peter Ifft

May 14, 2008

Box Score

West Lafayette, Ind.- A sparkling start by Peter Ifft and an opportunistic offense against one of the Big Ten leaders guided the UIC baseball team to a 9-2 road win over Purdue at Lambert Field on Wednesday.

Brett Schaefer hit his second grand slam of the season, and Jake Carr also went yard to extend his season-best hitting streak to 11 games.

Ifft, a second-year right-hander, was dealing on the mound for the Flames (28-19). He allowed just one earned run and struck out five in a career-high eight innings to chalk up his second victory of the year.

The Boilermakers (27-23) scored an unearned tally in the second after Kevin Coddington's attempt to catch a base stealer at second found its way into center with a runner already on third.

But Purdue's lead was short-lived. The Flames loaded the bases in the next half-inning for Schaefer, who crushed Connor Sestak's full-count offering over the deepest part of the Lambert Field wall in center to put the Flames up 4-1.

More bases-loaded damage was unleashed in the Flames' fourth, when a stretch of four consecutive UIC batters reaching safely with two outs was capped by a walk to Ty Rubio that forced in a run.

Carr led off the fifth by depositing the first pitch he saw from reliever Matt Morgan over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.

The Flames took advantage of a pair of Purdue miscues in the sixth, scoring three times thanks to extended offensive life provided by two infield errors. Rubio and Coddington each singled in a run during the frame.

UIC begins a three-game home series against Valparaiso at Les Miller Field this Friday at 6:05 p.m.