Tracking the Boilermakers
April 14, 2017

Friday / 3 p.m. / at Rutgers / BTN2Go
Saturday / 1 p.m. / at Rutgers / BTN2Go
Sunday / 1 p.m. / at Rutgers / BTN2Go
Friday / 6 p.m. / Wisconsin / BTN2Go
Saturday / 1 p.m. / Wisconsin / BTN2Go
Saturday / 3 p.m. / Wisconsin / BTN2Go
Men's Tennis
Friday / 6 p.m. / Iowa /
Sunday / Noon / Nebraska / (if played inside)
Sunday / 4 p.m. / Eastern Kentucky / (if played inside)
By Tom Schott

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The baseball team (17-15, 5-4 B1G), which continues to build momentum and gain popularity, plays a three-game weekend series at Rutgers (11-18, 0-3). Game times are 3 p.m. ET today and 1 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday.

Purdue, under first-year head coach Mark Wasikowski, currently sits in fifth place in Big Ten standings, just one game behind third-place Michigan and Maryland.

The Boilermakers won two out of three games against intrastate rival Indiana on April 7, 8 and 9 at Alexander Field. The final two games were played in front of the two largest crowds in the history of Purdue's 5-year-old ballpark - 2,312 and 2,035.

Redshirt sophomore second baseman Evan Warden was hit by a pitch twice in the finale, increasing his nation-leading total to 20 and eclipsing the school season record of 19 set by Cameron Perkins in 2011. It took Warden merely 30 games to break the mark.

Men's Golf Hosts Boilermaker Invitational

The 35th-ranked ranked men's golf team plays host to 14th-annual Boilermaker Invitational tomorrow and Sunday at the Kampen Course.

Fifteen teams will play 36 holes beginning at 8:45 a.m. ET tomorrow and 18 more starting at 8 a.m. Sunday.

For the Boilermakers, it will be their final tune-up before the Big Ten Championships from April 28 to 30 in Baltimore.

This weekend's tournament will give teams in the field a glimpse at how the Kampen Course will play for the NCAA West Lafayette Regional from May 15 to 17. Should the Boilermakers likely qualify, they will play on their home course.

Purdue is aiming for its first team title of the season against a field featuring nine of the nation's top 100 teams: Kent State (11th), UNLV (17th), Northwestern (34th), Michigan (49th), UCF (53rd), Michigan State (54th), Ohio State (58th) and Cincinnati (90th), in addition to Purdue.

Men's Tennis Home for 3

Men's tennis (14-11, 2-4 B1G) wraps up its regular-season home schedule this weekend with three matches on the Basham Courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

The Boilermakers entertain Iowa (11-11, 1-6) at 6 p.m. ET today, Nebraska (4-15, 0-7) at noon Sunday and Eastern Kentucky (15-7) at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday.

Purdue, which is 10-1 at home this season, hosts the Big Ten Tournament from April 27 to 30.

Penultimate Home Series for Softball

Softball (16-27, 5-6 B1G) plays its penultimate home series this weekend against Wisconsin (25-7, 4-5) at Bittinger Stadium. The teams, who reside in seventh and eighth place, respectively, in the Big Ten standings, will square off at 6 p.m. ET today and have a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

Fans are encouraged to wear black to tonight's game, which is being televised by BTN, and stop by the Marketing Table to pick up excess giveaway items from the past year. During tomorrow's first game, a silent auction will take place - featuring old jerseys, a new glove and an autographed ball - with all proceeds going to Riley Hospital for Children, as the Boilermakers aim to strikeout cancer.

Purdue is on the road the weekends of April 21 to 23 (Northwestern) and April 28 to 30 (Minnesota) before wrapping up the regular season at home against Nebraska from May 6 to 8 (Saturday through Monday).

Meanwhile, head coach Boo De Oliveira announced the addition of three student-athletes to the program's 2016-17 recruiting class - Ashley Gordish, Rachel Krzysko and Lianna Mullins - to bring the total of newcomers to seven.

Ikpefan Honored by Big Ten

Senior Obokhare Ikpefan was named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after winning the 400-meter hurdles at the LSU Battle on the Bayou on April 8 with a time of 50.36 seconds. That clocking ranks second in the Big Ten this season.

Ikpefan is the first Purdue male to be named the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week during the outdoor season since Andrew Kendrick in 2014.

Also at the LSU Battle on the Bayou, redshirt junior Devynne Charlton of the women's team broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles. She won the event with a wind-legal (+0.8) time of 12.97 seconds, topping her previous mark of 13.00 seconds from the 2015 NCAA Championships. Charlton's time is tops in the Big Ten and seventh nationally this season.

Both the men's and women's track & field teams are at the Louisville Invitational today and tomorrow. Several distance runners will compete at the Bryan Clay Invite in Azusa, California, and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California.

Basketball Teams Both Add to Recruiting Classes

Both basketball teams have added a fifth member to their 2016-17 recruiting classes.

Joining the men is guard Sasha Stefanovic from Crown Point, Indiana, who averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game as a senior.

Joining the women is guard Karissa McLaughlin from Fort Wayne, Indiana, who averaged 25.9 points and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 46.1 percent from three-point range her senior season.

Both boast their school record for career points - Stefanovic with 1,385 for Crown Point and McLaughlin with 2,586 for Homestead.

Trio to Test NBA Draft Process

Juniors Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas and sophomore Caleb Swanigan announced their intentions to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. However, none of the three players has not hired an agent, maintaining their amateurism and leaving the door open for possible returns to Purdue for the 2017-18 season.

The trio has until May 24 to remain in or remove themselves from the draft, which is scheduled for June 22.

Purdue Day of Giving

Purdue University has set aside April 26 to celebrate its fourth-annual Day of Giving. Purdue Day of Giving is an annual university-wide effort to build a better, stronger, more affordable Purdue.

For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends come together to grant opportunities and transform lives. Through challenges, interactive leaderboards and a little good old-fashioned rivalry, participants are motivated to give back in hopes of pushing their favorite campus, college, school, program or unit to the top.

This year's theme is "All Together."

The John Purdue Club is involved in the Purdue Day of Giving. All fans are encouraged to make a gift to support Boilermaker student-athletes. Members can renew or upgrade their memberships today, ahead of the April 30 deadline, to count towards the day and earn bonus funds for Purdue Athletics.

For more information on Purdue Day of Giving, including events and how to donate, call the John Purdue Club office at 765.494.3248 or send an email.

A Pair of Championship Teams

Teams of Purdue students won the National Club Basketball Association national championship and ESPN's Bracket Genius.

The basketball team was seeded sixth among eight teams in the tournament and defeated No. 3 seed St. John's 84-77, No. 2 seed Michigan State 77-66 and No. 5 seed Pittsburgh 80-75 to take the title April 9.

The NCBBA is the fastest growing intercollegiate club basketball league in the United States. Its mission is "to provide collegiate student-athletes with the opportunity to play competitive, organized college basketball, and to continually improve this experience for all participants ... by building lasting relationships based upon trust, commitment, dedication, understanding, and strong lines of communication."

Meanwhile, three Purdue juniors - Andrew Eggert, Aric Kowarski and Kristen Mori - won ESPN's inaugural Bracket Genius, a television quiz show pitting academic teams of the Sweet 16 schools from the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

The trio, which defeated teams from Kansas, Oregon, UCLA and Gonzaga, are members of Purdue's Sports Analytics Club. The final episode aired April 4.

Successful Challenge

In its 10th go-around, The Challenge, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research 5K run/walk, which took place in conjunction with the football spring game April 8, had its most successful day with 1,850 race participants, 200 volunteers and $115,000 raised.

The 2018 Challenge is scheduled for April 14.


Condolences to the family and friends of former Purdue football player Mike Eargle (2010-11), who was shot and killed April 11 ... Steve Lutz has been hired as assistant men's basketball coach. He spent the previous seven seasons at Creighton (2010-11 to 2016-17), helping the Bluejays to a 166-82 combined record, four NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of conference tournament championships and a regular-season title. Lutz served as Creighton's recruiting coordinator ... Women's tennis (5-13, 0-7 B1G) plays its final four regular-season matches on the road, beginning at Minnesota (10-10, 2-5) today and at Wisconsin (4-12, 0-7) on Sunday ... Redshirt sophomore Steele Johnson and freshman Brandon Loschiavo clinched Team USA's berth at the FINA World Championships with their victory in synchronized 10-meter diving yesterday at the USA Diving Synchronized National Championships in Atlanta. Sophomore Max Showalter also competed (with Zach Cooper) and finished fourth. Showalter and classmate Joe Cifelli will compete today (with separate partners) in the mixed synchronized 3-meter ... Soccer hosts a spring exhibition game against Xavier at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow at Folk Field ... Head women's basketball coach Sharon Versyp announced the majority of the Boilermakers' 2017-18 non-conference schedule ... April 17 is the deadline for John Purdue Club members to register for the Golden Pete Awards show. To do so, call 765.494.3248 or click here. The fifth-annual artful blend of accomplishment and fun, celebrating the achievements of Boilermaker student-athletes, is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday, April 24, in historic Loeb Playhouse on campus ... Former football player John Finch (2008-10) has been hired as general manager of Maverick Sports Properties at the University of Texas at Arlington.


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