Ross Learnard
Ross  Learnard


Catlin, Ill.

High School:

Last College:
Parkland CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 180




Tracking the Boilermakers

News and notes on Purdue Athletics


NCBWA All-America Honors for Learnard

Relief ace pitched in 15 of Purdue's 29 victories, established new ERA record


Purdue's Most Memorable Games of 2017

Boilermakers were part of numerous thrillers during turnaround campaign


Purdue Enjoys Historic Turnaround Year

Annual season recap details all the highlights from entertaining campaign


Bases-Loaded Chances Prove Decisive

Learnard eclipses team ERA record that had stood since 1965

Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Favorite Athlete: Blake Wadsworth
Favorite Marquee Event: World Series
Had the Biggest Impact on His Athletic Career: Dad
Favorite Pro Stadium: Busch Stadium
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Skyler Hunter
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Like to Face: Aroldis Chapman
In His MP3 Player: Drake
Favorite Actor: Matthew McConaughey
Favorite Movie to Watch on Team Bus: Land of the Lost
Show He Can't Stop Watching: Last Chance U
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Another Sport He Enjoys: Basketball
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Alaska
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: Clubhouse
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: James Gothard, Management
Furry Friend: McGwire, Yellow Labrador Retriever

2017 Season
NCWBA Second Team All-American... Academic All-Big Ten... Learnard pitched in a team-high 27 games, all in relief... 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. Individual Game-by-Game Statistics

Previous College
Learnard 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.

High School
Learnard was a 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 average and 1.91 ERA... four-year all-conference and all-country honoree... also a 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.

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... majoring in agricultural economics.



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