Purdue baseball beat No. 17 Michigan, 3-0, in the opening game of a crucial 3-game series that might decide the Big Ten regular-season championship.
The Boilermakers (14-6 in the Big Ten) trail Minnesota (17-4) and Michigan (15-5) with two games left. Minnesota won at 11th place Rutgers, 4-0, on Thursday and with the win clinched at least a tie for the Big Ten crown.
Tanner Andrews got the win on Thursday night for Purdue, pitching 7 1/3 scoreless innings. He faced 28 batters, giving up six hits while striking out five and walking two. Ross Learnard got the save, facing five batters and giving up just one hit.
The Boilermakers had nine hits, led by shortstop Harry Shipley’s 3 for 3 at the plate with one RBI. Six other Purdue players had single hits with RBI coming from the bats of catcher Nick Dalesandro and left fielder Ben Nisle.
The Wolverines had seven hits with a pair of players getting two hits apiece from first baseman Jesse Franklin and shortstop Jack Blomgren. Tommy Henry was the losing pitcher, giving up eight hits in six and one-third innings. He gave up three runs, but only one of them was earned as the Wolves made three errors on the night.