The Purdue Boilermakers didn't have many chances to push runs across in the early going of Friday's first game of the Diamond Classic.
They finally found something different in the eighth inning.
"We finally got the leadoff guy on," Purdue head coach Doug Schreiber said. "We hadn't had the leadoff guy on all day. We got our leadoff guy on in the eighth and ninth. We were able to generate a little bit. They gave us some. (There was) a little bit of their help. We cashed in when they opened the door."
The Boilermakers (3-3) used a five-run eight inning to outlast the Samford Bulldogs (4-2) 9-4 in game one of the Diamond Classic presented by Polk's Meat Products on Friday at Dudy Noble Field.
The eighth inning was highlighted by Sean McHugh's RBI single to cap the scoring in the inning.
The Boilermakers trailed 3-2 entering the eight inning. The Bulldogs scored a run in the fifth, two in the seventh and added one run in the ninth.
"They had three leadoff guys got on and two of scored," Schreiber said.
Andres Garcia (0-1) took the loss for the Bulldogs. Offensively Samford was led by two hits by Tommy Corbin.
Junior righty Brad Schreiber pitched six innings in the no-decision. He gave up three runs on four hits. He struck out two batters and walked another two.
Offensively, Purdue had two guys with four hits. Sophomore leadoff batter Brandon Krieg and junior Conner Hundall each had four hits.
"They're seeing the ball well," Schreiber said. "You just have to contribute that to them staying patient against the lefty, then they brought in the harder throwing righty and they made the adjustments there."
Senior Stephen Talbott had two RBI for the Boilermakers.
Both teams will be back in action today. Samford will take on No. 13 (Collegiate Baseball) Mississippi State at 3 p.m. and Purdue will face MSU in the nightcap at 6 p.m.