Purdue Baseball takes on LSU in Baton Rouge. Photos by Brenda Krieg.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Athlete: Michael Jordan
Favorite Pro Stadium: Wrigley Field
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Connor Podkul
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Kyle Wood
Current MLB Hitter He'd Like to Face: Yasiel Puig
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Jackie Robinson
In His MP3 Player: Luke Bryan
Last Concert He Attended: Country Thunder Fest in Wisconsin
Favorite Writer: Dr. Seuss
Film Favorites: Actor: Mark Wahlberg, Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Director: Christopher Nolan
Favorite Month: June
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Meal: Surf & Turf
Favorite Purdue Building: Wiley Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Sanibel Island, Fla.
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Italy
Favorite Outdoor Activities: Golfing & Boating
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Locker Room
Most Memorable Weekend at Purdue: 2013 Tournament at Mississippi State
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Football
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Evan Totty, Economics
Furry Friend: Teddy, Dog
2014 Season Academic All-Big Ten... Lutz pitched in a team-high 30 games, making starts against Illinois and Butler... became just the third pitcher in program history to appear in 30 games in a season and first since 2008... led the Big Ten in appearances through the end of the regular season and finished the year tied for third overall... has taken the mound in 55 of Purdue's 101 games (54 percent) in his first two seasons as a Boilermaker, already just one appearance shy of joining the program's all-time top 15 list... made 14 of his 30 appearances in 2014 in Big Ten play to rank second in the league and sixth on the program's single-season list... with 29 career Big Ten appearances, already ranks ninth in Purdue history... allowed 13 of 32 inherited base runners (41 percent) to score... took the mound in all three games of the Rice and Michigan series... pitched a combined 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief in the Michigan series... worked two or more innings in 11 of his 30 appearances... pitched a career-high 4 2/3 innings in the finale of the San Diego State series, holding SDSU without a hit until the 10th inning... earned the win in series openers with Southern Illinois and Ohio State, working at least three innings in both games... induced and started a game-ending 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded and Purdue clinging to a one-run leading in the series-opening win at Illinois, becoming the first Boiler pitcher to end a game in that fashion since February 2012... also earned saves in Big Ten wins against Penn State (3 scoreless IP) and Michigan (retired 6 of 7)... worked 3 2/3 innings of two-hit relief in the 13-inning walk-off win against Ohio State... surrendered only one home run in 48 1/3 innings... base stealers were only 2-of-9 while he was on the mound... compiled a 3.21 ERA over 14 innings pitched in Big Ten home games... did not give up an earned while pitching in five of the six games in February (4 2/3 innings)... worked three innings of one-run relief in the opener of the Indiana series. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Season Lutz pitched in 25 games and started the spring break trip game at Louisville... ranked second on the team in appearances, taking the mound in 15 Big Ten games to rank second in the league in conference play... established a new Purdue freshman record with his 25 appearances... pitched in all three games of the Penn State and Michigan State series, joining teammates Brett Andrzejewski and Tim McElroy as the first Purdue relievers to appear in all three games of a series since 2009... starred in relief in the first-ever sweep at Penn State, working 6 1/3 innings of scoreless relief over his three appearances... earned his first collegiate win with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless work in the series finale at PSU... gave Purdue a chance to win in his start at Louisville, pitching four innings of two-run ball while surrendering only three hits... also went 4 1/3 innings of quality relief in the middle game of the Northwestern series, keeping NU off the scoreboard until a two-out walk in the ninth led to a big inning... retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced in his appearance against Northwestern... worked 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief in the season finale against Iowa... worked two innings of scoreless relief in the middle game of the Samford series.
High School Lutz was a three-year varsity letter-winner for Gary Simon at Lake Zurich High School in suburban Chicago... two-time all-conference honoree was voted LZHS's top pitcher each of his upperclassman seasons... all-area as a senior after being honorable mention a year earlier... sportsmanship award recipient as a senior... high honor roll student every semester.
Personal Full name is Michael William Lutz... born in Palatine, Ill.... parents are Mike and Cheryl Lutz... family also includes five younger siblings: Olivia, Emily, Mary, Jon and Anna... majoring in management with a career ambition of working in the sports industry.