Ross Learnard
Ross  Learnard


Catlin, Ill.

High School:

Last College:
Parkland JC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 180





Purdue Continues B1G Play on East Coast

Boilermakers visit Maryland for final road trip before nine-game homestand


Stingy Pitching Leads Purdue to Win in 10

Boilermakers win a true road game in extra innings for first time since April 2014


Minnesota in Town (Again) for B1G Series

Boilermakers set for the first of four home series over the next six weeks


Boilermakers Fall in 13 in Finale at IU

McGowan drives in 3 more runs, Learnard works 4 1/3 innings of 2-hit relief in series


Purdue Wins 6th Straight, Ends Skid at IU

Boilermakers post their first win vs. a top-10 team since March 2006

2018 / AS A SENIOR
NCWBA Stopper of the Year Watch List
NCBWA Second Team Preseason All-American
Collegiate Baseball Third Team Preseason All-American
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics

2017 / AS A JUNIOR
NCWBA Second Team All-American
Academic All-Big Ten
Individual Game-by-Game Statistics
• Pitched in a team-high 27 games, all in relief
• Recognized as the team's pitcher of the year
• Put together a streak of 35 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings from March 11 to May 12, making 21 appearances during the streak
• His 0.58 ERA established a new Purdue record (minimum 30 innings), eclipsing a benchmark that had stood since 1965
• His 0.42 ERA in Big Ten play was also a new record (minimum 15 innings)
• His 0.863 WHIP ranked second on the Purdue single-season list
• Made 21 of his 27 relief appearances during his streak of 35 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings; the Boilermakers posted 21 of their 29 victories during that stretch
• For the season, did not surrender a run over 28 2/3 innings of relief while pitching in 15 of the team's victories
• Limited opposing hitters to a .196 batting average and surrendered only seven extra-base hits (all doubles)
• His 35 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings was believed to be a program record and confirmed as the longest streak by a Purdue pitcher since at least 2005
• The streak was snapped via a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning of the May 14 series finale vs. Michigan
• Bounced back nicely the following week, working a combined five innings of two-hit ball while closing out wins vs. Fort Wayne and Minnesota
• Worked at least two innings in 10 of his 27 relief appearances
• Successfully stranded 21 of the 28 (75 percent) inherited base runners he had to deal with
• Recorded all four of his saves in Big Ten play, surrendering just one run on 14 hits in 21 2/3 innings
• Left-handed batters around the Big Ten were just 2-for-25 against him
• Joined Mitch Hilligoss (third team shortstop in 2005) as the only Boilermakers to be named an All-American by the NCBWA; its All-America teams date back to 1996

• Pitched his first two collegiate seasons at Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois
• Compiled an 8-1 record, 59 strikeouts and 1.96 ERA as a sophomore
• Named the 2016 Parkland Male Student-Athlete of the Year after also being on the dean's list all four semesters
• Had two wins and a 3.82 ERA as a freshman
• Helped Parkland win conference and region titles in 2016

• Four-year letterwinner for coach Gary Hansgen at Catlin High School in east central Illinois
• Also a three-year letterwinner in basketball
• Finished his prep career with a .411 batting average and 1.91 ERA
• Four-year all-conference and all-country honoree
• Class 1A all-state and Champaign News-Gazette all-area performer as a junior
• Also a multiple-year all-county honoree in basketball
• Helped his team reach the state finals (final four) in 2013 and win its regional again in 2014
• National Honor Society

• Major: Agricultural Economics
• Full name is Ross Bentley Learnard
• Born in Danville, Illinois
• Parents are Greg and Cindi Learnard
• Family also includes older brothers Morgan and Joel
• Joel and his cousin JD Learnard both pitched at Illinois State; JD started against Purdue in the 2011 home opener at Lambert Field

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Coach: Barry Eakle
Favorite Marquee Event: World Series
Had the Biggest Impact on His Athletic Career: Greg Learnard, Dad
Favorite Playoff Format: World Series
Favorite Pro Stadium: Busch Stadium
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Jacson McGowan
Current MLB Hitter He'd Like to Face: Jose Altuve
In His MP3 Player: Lecrae
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Land of the Lost
Show He Can't Stop Watching: Friends
Favorite Month: December
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Another Sport He Enjoys: Basketball
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Hawaii
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Playing Surface
Favorite Thing About College Baseball: Traveling
Most Memorable Moments at Purdue: The Walk-off Wins
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: James Gothard, Management
Furry Friend: McGwire, Yellow Labrador Retriever



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