Vilardo connects for his first home run as a Boilermaker.
Boilermakers lead for all of game one after scoring four times in the first inning.
Purdue visiting Corpus Christi for first time since 2005 spring break trip.
Johnson singles in his first two at-bats; Vilardo records three RBI in his team debut.
Purdue to play at highest elevation (2,100 feet) in program history.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Bulls
Favorite Athlete: Derrick Rose
Favorite Pro Stadium: Wrigley Field
Favorite Field He's Played On (Other Than Purdue): Arkansas' Baum Stadium
Most Unique Baseball Feat He's Witnessed: Jermaine Dye Throwing Out a Runner at the Plate from Deep Right Field
Favorite Marquee Sporting Event: NBA Finals
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Cody Strong
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Like to Face: Justin Verlander
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Dave Grohl
In His MP3 Player: Nas
Last Concert He Attended: O.A.R.
Favorite Author: John Grisham
Magazine He Subscribes To: Sports Illustrated
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Christian Bale, Julia Roberts & Christopher Nolan
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Argo
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Food: Turkey Sandwich
Favorite Dessert: Brownies
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Campfires
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Golf
Favorite Purdue Building: Mathematical Sciences
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Panama City, Panama
Country He'd Like to Visit: Italy
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Playing Surface
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Jeff Beckley, Math
Furry Friend: Tippi, Beagle-Lab Mix
Other Interests/Hobbies: Playing Guitar & Piano
Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Redshirted as a transfer from Miami (Ohio)... pitched in the Great Lakes League All-Star Game after a strong first half for the Lake Erie Monarchs.
Played at Miami (Ohio) in his first collegiate season... made six appearances with one start... worked 9.1 innings, giving 15 hits and five walks, while striking out three... his longest outing of the year was 2 2/3 innings in his first collegiate appearance... lasted two innings on two other occasions, including his first career start on April 10 vs. Xavier in the Joe Nuxhall Classic... worked a scoreless outing in an inning of relief against Kent State.
Lettered three years at West Lafayette High School for coach Joel Strode... named all-conference three times... was selected as all-area twice, as a junior and senior... posted an 8-2 record and 0.70 ERA in 2012... struck out 60 in 50 innings pitched... named the team's Most Valuable Player... was selected to participate in the Indiana North/South All-Star Game... the Red Devils finished 14-8 overall... played two years of basketball... a member of the honor roll for three years.
Full name is Brian Richard Ghiselli... born in Sandwich, Ill.... parents are Richard and Carol Ghiselli... family also includes older siblings Carl, Eric and Olivia... his father and three siblings are all Purdue alumni... his father also has a PhD from Purdue and is the head of the university's hospitality and tourism management department... majoring in actuarial sciences.