News & Notes on Purdue Athletics.
Four former Boilermakers were part of MLB camps for portions of spring training.
Wittgren's Jacksonville Suns won final 10 games of season in Double-A Southern League.
Perkins & Plawecki both swinging hot bats in the Double-A Eastern League.
Black & Lindblom at Triple-A; Perkins, Plawecki & Wittgren all move up.
Batted .320 with a team-high 18 home runs and 70 RBIs ... His 18 home runs were second all-time at Purdue in a single season ... Also collected 15 doubles and went 3 for 3 in stolen base attempts ... Was one of two players on the roster to start all 58 games for Purdue (also Ryan White) ... Tied the Big Ten Championship record with three home runs in a single game (vs. Indiana) and broke the championship record with five homers in four games played ... at No. 15 Baylor (Feb. 22-24): Opened the season 3 for 12 (.250) with three RBIs and a run scored in three games ... at Western Kentucky (Feb. 29-March 2): Batted .200 (2 for 10) with an RBI in three games ... at No. 4 Kentucky (March 9-10): Batted .250 (3 for 12) with a double and an RBI in three games ... at Ohio (March 15-16): Hit his first home run, a three-run shot, and finished the four-game series with a team-high seven RBIs. Finished 4 for 17 (.235) with two runs scored ... Western Illinois (March 22-23): Batted .385 (5 for 13) with a pair of doubles, seven RBIs and four runs scored in four games ... Valparaiso (March 26): Went 2 for 3 and hit his second home run of the year ... Northwestern (March 28-30): Opened the Big Ten season 3 for 10 (.300) with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Also drew six walks over the course of four games ... at Iowa (April 4-6): Went 4 for 13 (.308) and hit his third and fourth home runs of the season, including a grand slam in the series finale. Finished the four-game series with a double, seven RBIs, four runs scored, three walks and zero strikeouts ... Penn State (April 11-13): Swatted his fifth and sixth homers of the season and finished the four-game series 3 for 11 (.273) with a double, four RBIs and six runs scored ... at Miami (Ohio) (April 15): Hit two more homers, Nos. 7 and 8 for the year, in a midweek road game ... at Ohio State (April 18-20): Batted .313 (5 for 16) with two doubles, two home runs (Nos. 9 and 10), eight RBIs and three runs scored. Posted his second multi-homer game of the year in the second game of the four-game series ... Ball State (April 23): Hit his 11th home run of the season in Purdue's midweek 3-1 win ... Minnesota (April 25-27): Batted .400 (4 for 10) with a pair of doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored in the four-game series ... at Indiana (May 3-5): Went 3 for 9 (.333) with his 12th home run of the year, an RBI and five runs scored in the four-game series ... Michigan State (May 9-10): Finished the series 2 for 10 (.200) with two RBIs and a run scored ... at Illinois (May 16-17): Batted. 471 (8 for 17) with four doubles, his 13th home run of the season, six runs scored and a team-high eight RBIs in the four-game series to end the regular season ... Big Ten Championship (May 22-24): Went 7 for 14 (.500) with a Big Ten Championship record five home run, 11 RBIs and five runs scored ... Tied a tournament record with three home runs against Indiana to propel Purdue into the championship game.
Appeared in 43 games, including 39 starts ... Hit .306 with 12 doubles, three home runs and 25 RBIs ... at Georgia (Feb. 23-25): Appeared in all three games and made two starts ... at Western Kentucky (March 2-4): Collected his first collegiate hit, a double ... Started two of the three games in the series and went 2 for 6 (.333) with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and a run scored ... at No. 13 Auburn (March 9-11): Batted .333 (3 for 9) with an RBI and a run scored ... at Alabama-Birmingham (March 13-14): Went 3 for 8 (.375) with two doubles and three runs scored ... at Samford (March 16-18): Finished the three-game series 3 for 13 (.231) with a double and three runs scored ... at Western Illinois (March 24-25): Appeared in two games and made one start ... Illinois (March 30-April 1): Batted .333 (4 for 12) with two doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored ... at Michigan State (April 8-9): Made one start ... Indiana (April 13-15): Made two starts and went 4 for 8 (.500) with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored ... at No. 17 Michigan (April 20-22): Batted .429 (6 for 14) with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored in the four-game series ... at Penn State (May 5-6): Went 3 for 14 (.214) with an RBI and a walk ... Iowa (May 11-13): Finished the four-game series 5 for 13 (.385) with a double, two home runs, four RBIs and two runs scored ... Hit his first two collegiate home runs in the same game ... at Northwestern (May 18-20): Hit his first collegiate grand slam and went 7 for 17 with a double, five RBIs and three runs scored in the season-ending series.
Was a four-year letterwinner at Carmel High School ... Was an honorable mention 2006 Louisville Slugger High School All-American, according Collegiate Baseball Magazine ... Hit .429 as a senior with eight home runs and 31 runs batted in ... Earned all-state honors as a senior and played in the IHSBCA North-South All-Star Game ... Named Indianapolis Star Player of the Year as a senior ... Was a member of the Indianapolis Star Super Team as a junior and senior ... Earned all-conference and all-county honors all four years.
Full name is Daniel David Black ... Born: July 2, 1987, in Indianapolis, Ind. ... Son of David and Cindy Black ... Has two brothers, Adam and Mike ... Majoring in organizational leadership and supervision ... Was the high school teammate of current Boilermaker Jeff Straub.