Boilermakers play one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
Wood & Krieg connect for home runs as Purdue goes deep twice for only second time in 2014.
Downs bounces back from rough start with three clean innings; Gibbs works out of two jams.
Boilermakers are 6-1 vs. UIC dating back to 2011.
McHugh extends hitting streak to 11 games, throws out two runners on base paths.
Jack Amaro, 2014 Photo Gallery
Boilermakers host Penn State for the first home weekend of 2014
Photos of Purdue's season-opening series at Tennessee courtesy of Brenda Krieg
Jack Amaro, 2013
A mega photo gallery of pictures spanning the entirety of Purdue Baseball's 2013 season.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Athlete: Aaron Rodgers
Favorite Pro Stadium: United Center
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Connor Podkul
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Peyton Manning
In His MP3 Player: The Doors
Last Concert He Attended: Country Thunder Fest in Wisconsin
Favorite Actor & Actress: Will Ferrell & Mila Kunis
Favorite Month: September
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Beef
Favorite Purdue Building: Ford Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Mexico
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Italy
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Hunting & Snowboarding
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Golf
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Indoor Facilities
Enjoyed This Professor's Class: David Bridges, Biology
Furry Friend: Beanie, Cat
Academic All-Big Ten... Amaro played in 28 games and made eight starts, all in left field... started two games of both the LSU and San Diego State series... also made starts against Rice, Butler, Illinois-Chicago and Penn State... played in a team-high 20 games off the bench, including 13 in Big Ten play... recorded three outfield assists to help Purdue lead the Big Ten through the end of the regular season... singled twice and scored a run in game two at LSU... reached base safely in all three games of the LSU series, finishing the weekend 3-for-7... recorded an RBI with a fielder's choice and threw a runner out at second from the wall in left center in game three at San Diego State... helped throw runners out at third base for his two other outfield assists... singled and scored in the finale of the Rice series. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Amaro played in 29 games and started 14 times... made seven starts in right field, four in left field and three as the designated hitter... started Big Ten games against Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan and Iowa... record his 14 RBI in only 61 at-bats, seven coming in Big Ten play... batted a team-best .417 (10-for-24) with runners in scoring position... had three hits and two RBI, including an RBI double, in the game two win at Illinois-Chicago... that was his first of five consecutive games started... delivered a three-run double during Purdue's five-run seventh inning that tied the game in the middle game of the Michigan series... delivered a two-out RBI single and scored the game-tying run in the ninth inning of the middle game of the Iowa series... recorded an RBI in three straight games in which he played during Big Ten play in April... first collegiate hit was a double in the win against Connecticut in the final game of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge... had two hits after entering the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning in the comeback win against Samford at Mississippi State's tournament... recorded a pair of RBI, one coming on a squeeze bunt, in the spring break trip win at Cincinnati... as the leadoff man, reached safely and scored in each of the first two innings of the finale of the Southern Illinois series to help Purdue complete the sweep.
Amaro was a four-year letter-winner for coach Robin Renner at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Ill.... two-time All-Upstate Eight Conference and academic all-conference as an upperclassman... named an Illinois All-State position player by ESPN High School magazine as a senior... voted team MVP as a junior... team captain as a senior... also played football as a freshman... eight-semester honor roll student.
Full name is Jack Michael Amaro... born in Hoffman Estates, Ill.... parents are Michael and Franca Amaro... family also includes younger brother Joey... majoring in general health sciences with career ambition of becoming a surgeon.