Sometimes it is simply not your night. Tonight wasn't Purdue's night for sure. Kent State is a very good, experienced team as I explained in the full regional preview. Even after going 21 innings on Friday night they still had two solid starters in return. Ryan Bores was one of them and he threw a solid game to reach 9-2.
Ultimately, the game boiled down to the critical second inning. On a night where we struggled to get the leadoff man out, Lance Breedlove got the first two outs in the second relatively easily. Two seeing-eye singles got Kent State in action, but Evan Campbell walked on a close 3-2 pitch. Purdue was literally a strike away from getting out of the inning with no damage. Instead, Jimmy Rider followed with