April 5, 2013
By Tom Schott
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue football team will conduct its "Jersey Scrimmage" tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ross-Ade Stadium, and it is open to the public. The ball will be put in play at various spots on the field to create a number of game-like situations. Click here for more information. Other Boilermaker home events this weekend include baseball, softball and men's tennis. The complete schedule can be accessed here.
Football Spring Game
The football team will wrap up spring practice with its spring game next Saturday, April 13. The Ross-Ade Stadium gates will open at noon, with kickoff set for 1 p.m., but there are a host of other events that will happen before the game. There is no admission charge for the game. Click here for all the day's details.
Men's Swimming and Diving Finishes 25th at NCAA Championships
Eight Boilermakers competed at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships and led Purdue to a 25th-place finish. It marked the Boilermakers' seventh consecutive top-25 showing. Freshman diver Layne Rogers was a two-time honorable mention All-American (1-meter and platform). Sophomore diver Jamie Bissett also earned honorable mention All-America recognition (platform), as did the 200 free relay team of Danny Tucker, Chuck Destro, Benjamin Ziolkowski and Matt Friede.
Johnson Doubly Honored by Big Ten
Center fielder Kyle Johnson was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week after batting .545 (6-for-11) with two doubles, four RBI, three walks and two runs scored in the Boilermakers' three-game sweep at Penn State last weekend. He reached base safely in nine of his 14 plates appearances for a .643 on-base percentage. Johnson became the first freshman around the conference to win Big Ten Player or Pitcher of the Week this season. John Hunter was the last Purdue freshman to win Big Ten Player of the Week honors in 2003, while Matt Bischoff was the Pitcher of the Week as a freshman in 2007.
A for Allen
Fifth-year senior Cale Allen returned to action last weekend for the first time since the 2012 outdoor season. He had exhausted his cross country and indoor track eligibility last season, but still has a year remaining for this outdoor season. Allen competed in the 10K at the Stanford Invite and finished 26th with a time of 29:33.68 - the fifth-best clocking in Purdue history.
The softball team tied the school record with 18 hits in an 18-2 five-inning victory at IUPUI in the second game of a double-header Wednesday. Junior Andie Varsho rapped out four hits, while juniors Danielle Fletcher and Lindsey Rains and freshman Paris Andrew each had three. It marked the sixth time the Boilermakers reached that total and the third time in the last three seasons (also vs. IUPUI in 2011 and vs. Troy in 2012). After 34 games away from home - including last weekend's three-game series against Ohio State that was moved from West Lafayette to Columbus - Purdue finally gets to play at the Boilermaker Softball Complex this weekend. The April 5 date marks the latest home opener in school history, three days later than the 2011 opener. The Boilermakers play host to Michigan State today at 4 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Today is Military Appreciation Day (all military personnel receive $1 admission, Saturday is Greek Day (fans wearing Greek letters receive $1 admission) and Sunday is Breast Cancer Awareness Day (first 100 fans receive a pink Purdue softball T-shirt).
Keady Hall of Fame Bound
Former Purdue men's basketball coach Gene Keady has been elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2013. Keady posted a 512-270 record (.655 winning percentage) in 25 seasons with the Boilermakers, becoming the school's all-time winningest coach with a victory over Louisville on Dec. 6, 1997. He led Purdue to six Big Ten championships and 22 postseason appearances, reaching the NCAA Tournament 17 times. Keady was named National Coach of the Year six times. He also garnered a record seven Big Ten Coach of the Year awards, tying former Indiana coach Bob Knight for the most selections in conference history.
Alexander Field Dedication
Alexander Field, the new Purdue baseball stadium, will be formally dedicated prior to the Boilermakers' game against Nebraska on Saturday, April 20. The festivities are scheduled to begin around 6:45 p.m. Former head coach Dave Alexander, who provided the lead gift for the ballpark that is named in honor on his parents, John and Anna Margaret Ross, will throw out the first pitch. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Drey Mingo of the women's basketball team was named honorable mention All-America by the Associated Press ...The volleyball team played host to Indiana in a spring scrimmage last Saturday at Belin Court in Holloway Gymnasium and defeated the Hoosiers in four out of five sets ... Our thoughts and prayers go out to Terry Kix, supervisor of women's basketball operations, as she heads to New York City for surgery next week on the stomach cancer she has been battling - and beating - since November.