Baseball earns home sweep over Boilermakers

Cameron Cross @cameron_cross1 – Sports Writer |

The Samford baseball team swept a three-game series against the Purdue Boilermakers despite last weekend’s frigid temperatures.

C.K. Irby earned a complete-game shutout Friday and tallied three runs and three RBIs Sunday. Photo courtesy of Natalie Wilkinson (Photo Editor)

C.K. Irby earned a complete-game shutout Friday and tallied three runs and three RBIs Sunday. Photo courtesy of Natalie Wilkinson (Photo Editor)

The Bulldogs looked solid on Friday coming up with an 8-0 shutout to bring the Boilermakers to a low simmer. Junior sports medicine major C.K. Irby pitched a complete-game, three-hit shutout and junior sociology major Phillip Ervin drove in five runs to lead the Bulldogs to the win at Joe Lee Griffin Field.

“This was a great effort by C.K.,” Samford head coach Casey Dunn said. “The biggest thing you look at is he only walked two all day. He had great command of the strike zone, and when he does that, he can be tough.”

Purdue’s Brad Schreiber took the loss on the mound, pitching 4.0 innings. Brandon Krieg, Conner Hudnall and Jake Hansen had one hit each for the Boilermakers.

Ervin’s first at-bat of the outing resulted in a grand slam in the bottom of the first. It was the first of three home runs for Samford. Ervin also scored a run in the third.

Senior marketing major Christiaan Durdaller hit a two-run homer into dead centerfield in the fifth, scoring junior nutrition and dietetics major Patrick McGavin in the process.

Samford tacked on one final run in the bottom of the seventh inning to make the final score 8-0. Ervin started the inning off with his second home run of the contest for the game’s final run.

On Saturday the Bulldogs looked a little rough in the opening inning, giving up one run on two hits. Thanks to junior pre-business major Eric Wright pitching a solid 8.1 innings, the Bulldogs were ultimately able to claim the win.

“We came out and had a rocky start defensively, but Eric really settled us down,” Dunn said. “He threw the ball over the

Photo courtesy of Natalie Wilkinson (Photo Editor)

Photo courtesy of Natalie Wilkinson (Photo Editor)

plate, he attacked the hitters and forced a lot of early contact, and obviously pitched pretty well.”

Wright allowed just four hits and one unearned run in improving his season record to 2-0. He allowed just one walk on the day, while striking out two batters.

Senior entrepreneurship major Arthur Strauss recorded the final two outs to earn his third save of the season.

Samford tied it in the third when Frankie Navarette, freshman undeclared, scored on a sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs scored the winning runs an inning later on Caleb Bryson’s three-run home run to left-center.

Offensive firepower was the story Sunday, as the Bulldogs pulled off a 13-6 win to cap the sweep.

Samford used four multi-run innings, including four runs in the third and seventh, to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 record  against the Boilermakers for the season.

Irby was 3-4 offensively on the day with three RBI.

Junior business major Alex Milazzo earned his third win of the season, allowing three earned runs off eight hits.

With the wins, Samford improves to 8-5 on the season. Purdue fell to 3-8.

“I think it’s a positive any time you can win three games against a quality club,” Dunn said.

Samford faces off against Alabama A&M at 2 p.m. today in Huntsville before opening SoCon play on the road at the Citadel in a three-game series beginning March 8.

Their next home game is against Jacksonville State on March 12.

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