West Lafayette, Ind. — With one out in the bottom of the sixth, rain and lightning pulled players off the field for the second time, and heavy rain ended Tuesday afternoon’s baseball game between Western Kentucky University and Purdue at Lambert Field.
The rain-shortened win improved WKU to 23-27 on the year, while Purdue fell to 21-28.
Purdue was able to get a run on the board in the first off Hilltopper starter Colby Beach as Spencer Ingaldson led off with a triple and scored on an Eric Osborn sacrifice fly before rain caused the game to be delayed for over an hour in the top of second inning.
Follwoing the first delay, Beach was able to work around a leadoff double by Carlos Pupo to keep it a 1-0 game going to the third. Tyler Bumgarner was able to lead off the third inning with a single, and Casey Hamilton hit a two-run home run to right — his team-leading eighth homer of the year — to put WKU in front 2-1.
Troy Frazier accounted for the third Hilltopper run of the game in the fourth inning as he led off with a single, and moved to second on a passed ball. After a groundout by Adam Duvall put Frazier a third, a wild pitch from Purdue starter Allan Donato allowed him to come home to stretch the Topper lead to 3-1. WKU was able to stretch the lead to 4-1 in the top of the fifth as a Frazier drove home Scotty Colt with a two-out single to left.
The Boilermakers were able to get back within a run thanks to a two-out, two-run homer by Jeff Mojzik off reliever Chad Adcock in the bottom of the fifth.
Frazier led the Topper offense with a pair of hits and an RBI. Adcock (1-1) got the win in relief for WKU.
The Hilltoppers will close out the regular season with a three-game set at Middle Tennessee beginning on Thursday in Murfreesboro.