Wittgren finishes season with league-high 25 saves in Marlins farm system.
2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... 2007 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American ... 2007 second team All-Big Ten ... 2008 first team All-Big Ten ... 2009 third team All-Big Ten.
Selected by the New York Mets in the 47th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but opted to return to Purdue.
Started a team-high 14 games ... Went 4-5 with a 5.54 ERA and a team-best 80 strikeouts in 91 innings pitched ... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 20-22): Gave up six runs on eight hits over five innings in a no-decision start in the season opener against Cincinnati ... at Southeast Missouri State (Feb. 27): Allowed six earned runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision start ... at Texas State (March 6-8): Was charged with first loss of the season after allowing five earned runs on eight hits in three innings of work ... Dunn Hospitality Classic (March 13-15): Earned first win of the year with eight, four-hit innings of work against Mississippi Valley State. Allowed just one run and struck out a season high 12 batters against just one walk ... at Illinois-Chicago (March 17-18): Did not earn a decision despite allowing only two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Struck out five ... at Northwestern (March 27-28): Recorded first complete game of the season and picked up second win with a 10-strikeout performance against the Wildcats. Allowed two earned runs on eight hits over the nine innings of work ... Iowa (April 3-4): Was charged with second loss of the season after surrendering six earned runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings or work ... at Penn State (April 10-12): Won third decision of the season in second complete game of the year. Allowed four runs on 10 hits while striking out nine and walking only one in nine innings ... Ohio State (April 17-18): Was the hard-luck loser in a pitcher's duel with co-Big Ten Pitcher of the Year Alex Wimmers. Allowed just one run on five hits over nine innings in third complete game of the season. Struck out six and walked none in the 1-0 Purdue loss ... at Minnesota (April 24-26): Went eight solid innings in a no-decision effort at the Metrodome. Allowed four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks against the Gophers ... Indiana (May 2-3): Struck out six over six innings in a no-decision effort against IU. Allowed seven runs on 10 hits ... at Michigan State (May 9-11): Surrendered five runs on 10 hits over seven innings in a no-decision start in East Lansing ... Illinois (May 14-16): Won fourth game of the season after allowing just three runs on seven hits over six innings ... Big Ten Tournament (May 20-22): Went four innings in final start of the season, allowing four earned runs on seven hits in a loss to Indiana.
Started a team-high 14 games ... Went 6-3 with a team-high 55 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings pitched ... Posted the lowest ERA for any Purdue starter (3.96) ... at No. 15 Baylor (Feb. 22-24): Was charged with a loss despite allowing just two earned runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. Struck out seven and walked three ... at Western Kentucky (Feb. 29-March 2): Was saddled with another hard-luck loss after allowing two earned runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings pitched. Finished with four Ks ... at No. 4 Kentucky (March 9-10): Allowed just one run on five hits in a no-decision effort over six innings. Struck out a season-high 10 and issued just a single walk to the potent Wildcat offense ... at Ohio (March 15-16): Did not earn a decision in a 5 1/3-inning start. Surrendered one earned run on two hits and struck out three ... Northwestern (March 28-30): Picked up first win of the season with 7 2/3 shutout innings against the Wildcats. Allowed just four hits and struck out eight in the 3-0 Purdue win ... at Iowa (April 4-6): Allowed six runs on seven hits in two innings in a no-decision start ... Penn State (April 11-13): Went four innings in a no-decision start against the Nittany Lions. Struck out five and allowed five earned runs on seven hits in the 13-8 Boilermaker victory ... at Miami (Ohio) (April 15): Was lifted after two innings in a midweek start limited by pitch count. Surrendered two runs on three hits ... at Ohio State (April 18-20): Picked up second victory of the season after allowing two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 innings pitched. Struck out three and did not issue a walk ... Minnesota (April 25-27): Recorded third win of the year after allowing just two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. Struck out four and walked two ... at Indiana (May 3-5): Allowed two runs on six hits over six innings to win fourth game of the season. Struck out five and walked one ... Michigan State (May 9-10): Was charged with third loss of the season despite allowing just one earned run over a season-high eight innings of work ... at Illinois (May 16-17): Won fifth game of the year in six innings of work. Allowed four runs on 10 hits, while striking out two ... Big Ten Championship (May 22-24): Won sixth game of the season in Purdue's championship opener against Penn State. Scatted four runs on five hits with two strikeouts.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Second team All-Big Ten ... Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American ... Appeared in 14 games as a true freshman, including six starts ... Went 3-2 with a team-best 2.85 ERA in 60 innings of work ... Posted two saves ... Finished with 61 strikeouts against just eight walks ... at Georgia (Feb. 23-25): Made first collegiate appearance and struck out two in a shutout inning of relief ... at Western Kentucky (March 2-4): Worked two innings of relief. Allowed three runs on five hits, but struck out five against no walks ... at No. 13 Auburn (March 9-11): Worked one inning out of the bullpen. Surrendered one run on one hit ... at Alabama-Birmingham (March 13-14): Made first collegiate start and picked up first career win in a seven-inning shutout performance. Struck out a career-high 11 batters while scattering five hits ... at Samford (March 16-18): Notched first collegiate save in Purdue's 7-6 win after allowing one run on three hits in two innings of work. Struck out two and walked none ... at Western Illinois (March 24-25): Surrendered an unearned run on one hit in two relief innings. Struck out two ... at Ball State (March 28): Worked one hitless inning of relief ... Illinois (March 30-April 1): Tossed five innings in relief and surrendered just two earned runs on eight hits, while striking out six ... Indiana (April 13-15): Tallied second career save with three scoreless innings of one-hit relief against the Hoosiers ... at Notre Dame (April 18): Made second career start and had to settle for a no-decision despite tossing a one-hitter over nine shutout innings. Had a perfect game through eight innings, struck out seven and did not issue a walk in a game Purdue eventually lost 1-0 in 10 innings ... Ohio State (April 27-29): Picked up second win of the season in a seven-inning shutout start. Scattered four hits with five Ks and no walks in the complete game effort ... at Penn State (May 5-6): Despite allowing just two runs on seven hits with six Ks and no walks over 7 1/3 innings, was charged with first career loss in a 4-1 defeat to the Nitanny Lions ... Iowa (May 11-13): Picked up third win of the season with a solid seven-inning start. Allowed four runs on seven hits with 6 Ks and one walk ... at Northwestern (May 18-20): Was charged with second loss of the year after allowing six runs on 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Still struck out six and walked none.
Was a four-year letterwinner at New Haven High School ... Finished with a 3-2 record and nine saves as a freshman with 63 strikeouts and a 3.20 ERA ... Tallied a 9-1 record with a 1.20 ERA as a sophomore while breaking the school record with 120 strikeouts and being named first team all-conference ... Had an 11-2 record with a 0.70 ERA in junior year, breaking own record for strikeouts in a season with 137 ... Also named first team all-conference, first team all-area, and first team all-state as a junior ... Had a 12-3 record with a 1.21 ERA as a senior with 133 strikeouts and just nine walks, while setting school records for career wins (35) and strikeouts (453), again being named first team all-conference, all-area, and all-state ... Was named Fort Wayne News-Sentinel's Sterling Sentinel Award winner for best male athlete in 2006 ... Three sport athlete in high school, taking part in basketball and tennis, as well as baseball ... Father, Dave Bischoff, was high school baseball coach.
Full name is Matthew David Bischoff ... Born May 21, 1987, in Fort Wayne, Ind. ... Son of Kristen and Dave Bischoff ... Has a brother, Kyle, who is a redshirt freshman catcher for the Boilermakers ... Majoring in communication.