Scouting Report: Starting first baseman who brings veteran leadership and power to lineup ... regarded as one of the school’s best all-time fielding first basemen.
2001 Summer: Helped lead Harrisonburg Turks of the Shenandoah Valley League to a playoff appearance ... teammates included fellow Boilermakers Luke Howard, Simon Klink and Sean O’Neil ... batted .274 with four doubles and 12 RBI.
2001: One of four players to start all 56 games ... hit .309 with five home runs and 35 RBI ... recorded a .989 fielding percentage at first base ... batted .305 in conference games with three HR and 15 RBI ... hit safely in first three games of season, including two-hit game vs. Wake Forest (2/18) ... drove in two runs and belted one double against Illinois State (2/24) ... had two doubles in 3-for-4 performance at Troy State (3/2) ... hit first home run of season and drove in three runs at Cincinnati (3/10) ... blasted his second home run the following day at Cincinnati (3/11) ... had three hits in four at-bats at UCLA (3/14) ... scored two runs and hit two doubles at Cal State Northridge (3/17) ... drove in two runs and had a triple vs. Valparaiso (3/27) ... belted home run, drove in four runs in three-hit game at Northwestern (4/7) ... posted three-hit, three-RBI game at Northwestern (4/8) ... collected three hits, including one home run, at Indiana (4/29) ... had two doubles in 4-for-5 performance at Indiana State (5/5) ... homered versus Iowa (5/13) ... drove in two runs against Iowa (5/14) ... knocked in two runs vs. Illinois in Big Ten Tournament game (5/17).
2000: Started all 54 games at first base ... batted .330, third-best mark on team ... hit two home runs and drove in 26 ... hit .365 in Big Ten games, third-highest on team ... had three hits, scored two runs and stole one base vs. Austin Peay (2/26) ... collected four hits at Evansville (2/29) ... had two hits, including one home run, at Alabama (3/4) ... recorded three hits in three at-bats at Iowa (4/8) ... registered three hits and drove in two runs vs. Indiana (4/16) ... collected three hits and scored two runs against Illinois (4/23) ... belted a home run and scored three runs in two-hit game at Oklahoma State (4/29) ... had three hits at No. 25 Minnesota (5/13) ... posted two-hit game vs. top-seeded Minnesota in Big Ten Tournament (5/19).
1999: Played in 37 games with 30 starts as freshman ... batted .236 with one home run and 14 RBI ... had first collegiate hit at Vanderbilt (2/26) ... went 5 for 5 with three doubles, three RBI and four runs scored against Kent (3/6) ... had three-hit game with two runs scored and one RBI at St. Joseph’s (3/23) ... blasted first collegiate home run vs. Northern Illinois (3/28).
High School: Had team-leading .455 average with seven home runs and 28 RBI as senior ... earned honorable mention all-state honors as junior and senior ... hit .412 with 20 HR during career ... pitched 269 innings during career, breaking school record of 263.2 innings, set by brother Matt.
Personal: Born Oct. 16, 1978 ... son of Mike and Jeffra Luce ... is engaged to be married in November 2002 ... brother, Matt, pitched for Purdue from 1994-97 and brother, Joe, played for Valparaiso ... organizational leadership major.
Luce’s Career Bests:
Hits (At-Bats): 5 (5), vs. Kent, 3/6/99
Runs Scored: 3, twice, last vs. Oklahoma State, 4/29/00
Doubles: 3, vs. Kent, 3/6/99
Home Runs: 1, eight times, last vs. Iowa, 5/13/01
Runs Batted In: 4, at Northwestern, 4/7/01
Stolen Bases: 1, ten times, last at Chicago State, 5/8/01
Fifth-year senior returns the most experience of any Boilermaker. Has made 140 starts in 147 games played during three-year career and is .300 career hitter.