SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego State Aztecs extended their current win streak to five games, thanks to a Spencer Thornton bases-loaded triple that showcased a seven-run fifth inning for the Aztecs and led to an 11-2 triumph over Purdue – who suffered a sixth straight loss — Saturday evening at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Tyler Adkison socked an RBI double and Evan Potter cracked a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fourth to give SDSU (14-4) the lead.
However, Purdue (1-12) came back in the fifth inning with some crafty play to tie it up. The boilermaker runs — only one of which was earned — were Aztec starter Bubba Derby’s only miscues. Derby would go 6.2 frames permitting the pair of runs on five hits. Derby racked up eight strikeouts – tying a career high – and would improve his record to 3-0 with the win.
Thornton’s fifth inning triple down the right field line was with no outs and the bases loaded. After that, the Aztecs for a second time loaded the bases and scored their following two runs after Adkison was hit by pitch and Greg Allen walked. A sac fly by Tim Zier delivered the sixth score of the frame in advance of France capping it off with an RBI base hit.
The Aztecs last two runs were in the bottom of the sixth as soon as Brad Haynal blasted a pitch over the left field wall scoring Andrew Brown — who had walked ahead of him – to bring the score to 11-2. The home run marked Haynal’s second of the year and the third of his three knocks on the evening. Thornton likewise finished up with three hits and together he and Haynal touched home plate twice.
SDSU and Purdue will face up for game three of their four-game series on Sunday (Mar. 16) with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m.