Boilermakers open the weekend of Feb. 19 to 21 in Atlanta
De LaRiva gets a big out in the seventh to escape bases-loaded jam
Jewell goes deep; McGowan's three-run double highlights four-RBI effort
Sander & Shipley help Palm Springs win fifth straight SCCBL title.
Purdue had 63 student-athletes earn the award.
Gavin Downs Action Photos 2015
2015 action shots of Gavin Downs
Corpus Christi Weekend Photo Gallery
Phoenix Weekend Photo Gallery
Baseball Opens at Western Carolina Weekend
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Tottenham Hotspurs
Favorite Athlete: Harry Kane
Favorite Pro Stadium: Wrigley Field
Favorite Field He's Played On (Other Than Purdue): LSU's Alex Box Stadium
Most Unique Baseball Feat He's Witnessed: Jake Romano superman catch, Lakeshore Chinooks in June 2015
Favorite Playoff Format: World Cup
Current MLB Hitter He'd Most Like to Face: Miguel Cabrera
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Kyle Johnson
Last Concert He Attended: Woodstock
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Pitch Perfect
Favorite Super-Hero/Sci-Fi Series: Battlestar Galactica
Dream Car: Dodge Stratus
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Holiday: Boxing/ St. Stephen's Day
Favorite Food: Milksteak
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Seoul, Korea
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Madagascar
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Soccer
Furry Friend: Gordic, Golden Retriever Poodle Mix
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Grass
Big Ten Distinguished Scholar... Academic All-Big Ten... Downs pitched in 23 games, making 11 starts... led the team with five wins while ranking second in appearances, innings (61 1/3) and strikeouts (34)... started the season opener at Western Carolina and Big Ten games against Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska and Penn State... made midweek starts against Louisville, Ball State, IPFW (twice) and Indiana State... shined at Nebraska with seven innings of one-run ball, winning the pitcher's duel in the 2-1 Purdue victory... was also deserving of a win against nationally ranked Maryland after keeping the Terps off the scoreboard until the seventh inning... worked a season-high eight-plus innings of four-run ball against Maryland, three runs coming in the ninth inning... gave Purdue a chance to win with five innings of two-run ball at nationally ranked Louisville... earned wins against Gonzaga, IPFW (two) and Indiana State as well as Nebraska... worked three innings of one-hit ball in back-to-back midweek starts against Indiana State and IPFW, helping lead Purdue to its first win in Terre Haute since 2006... did not allow any of the seven inherited base runners he dealt with as a reliever to score... made nine of his 23 appearances in Purdue wins to share the team lead... surrendered only 18 hits over 21 innings pitched for a .228 batting average against in April... worked four innings of two-run ball to earn the win against Gonzaga at the Phoenix Muni Classic in his longest relief outing of the season... finished the season as part of the weekend rotation. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Academic All-Big Ten... Downs pitched in 15 games, making a start in each of the final 12 weekends of the season... was Purdue's top pitcher over the first four weekends, working 22 innings of five-run ball (2.05 ERA) in appearances vs. Tennessee, Rice, Butler and LSU... earned wins with strong outings vs. Butler (5 2/3 IP, 0 R), Michigan (7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER) and Iowa (7 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB)... also gave Purdue starts vs. LSU (6 1/3, 2 R, 5 K), Southern Illinois (6 1/3 IP, 3 R) and Ohio State (9 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB)... needed only 93 pitches for his first collegiate complete game vs. Ohio State but came out on the short end of a 2-0 pitcher's duel after surrendering both runs in the fourth inning... matched his career high with five strikeouts in impressive outing at LSU in which Purdue led entering the seventh inning... worked at least five innings of quality relief in his first three outings of the season before moving to the starting rotation... worked three innings of one-hit ball in a midweek start against College World Series qualifier Louisville... induced a team-high eight ground ball double plays, including two with the bases loaded to help lead Purdue to its win against Butler in Birmingham... surrendered just one home run and was charged with only one wild pitch in 74 innings... left game two of the Michigan State series with Purdue leading 4-2 after surrendering just one earned run over four innings... compiled a 3.18 ERA and .223 batting average against in 28 1/3 innings at Alexander Field... posted a 3.20 ERA and .207 batting average against over 25 1/3 innings in April. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Academic All-Big Ten... Downs pitched in five games, making three starts... started midweek games against Illinois-Chicago, Ball State and Eastern Michigan... Mr. Boilermaker Award recipient for postitive attitude... worked 4 1/3 innings of scoreless two-hit relief in his team debut, giving Purdue a chance to win in the midweek home game against Indiana State... pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first win as the start in the home win against UIC... follow that up with a quality start (6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 4 K) in a no decision at Ball State... struck out a season-high five versus UIC.
Did not see action during his first season with the Boilermakers... redshirted.
Downs was a two-time varsity letter-winner at back-to-back IHSAA 4A state champion Carroll High School in Fort Wayne... also a three-year letter-winner in soccer... went 12-1 with two saves to tie the CHS single-season wins record as a senior... was the winning pitcher in the 2011 IHSAA state title game... first team all-conference and Fort Wayne News Sentinel All-Area honoree as a senior also compiled a 2.52 ERA with 70 strikeouts vs. 18 walks in 80 2/3 innings pitched... went 4-1 with a 2.90 ERA as a junior, helping CHS win the 2010 IHSAA 4A title... four-year honor roll student ranked eighth among his graduating class of 441 in GPA... National Honor Society.
Full name is Gavin Stewart Downs... born Oct. 21, 1992 in Fort Wayne... son of Phil and Joleen Downs... family also includes older sister Rebecca, who runs cross country and track at IUPUI... father played soccer at IPFW... majoring in environmental and natural resources engineering with a career ambition of working to improve sustainable water systems for the American infrastructure.