Season recap recounts ups & downs of first year at new stadium.
Thirty-two members of Purdue track & field recognized for 3.0+ GPAs.
Top 10 list includes pitcher's duels, comeback wins & extra-inning affairs.
Purdue finishes with sub-.500 home record for the first time since 2007.
The Boilermakers' five-game win streak in extra-innings dating back to 2011 was snapped.
A mega photo gallery of pictures spanning the entirety of Purdue Baseball's 2013 season.
More action photos from home games at Alexander Field during the 2013 season.
The Boilermakers host Iowa for the final weekend series fo the 2013 season.
The Boilermakers take on Ball State in Muncie. Photos by Brenda Krieg.
The Boilermakers host Nebraska for the first time since 1907 for Alexander Field stadium dedication weekend.
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Athlete: LeBron James
In His MP3 Player: Jay-Z
Last Concert He Attended: Earth, Wind & Fire
Favorite Writer: Rick Reilly
Favorite Actor & Actress: Denzel Washington & Scarlett Johansson
Favorite Month: September
Favorite Holiday: Fourth of July
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Big City: New York
Favorite Bulding on Campus: Rawls Hall
Unique Travel Locale: Mexico
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Costa Rica
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Basketball
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Dog piling as 2012 Big Ten champs
Purdue Professor Whose Class He Enjoyed: Al Crisp, Organizational Leadership & Supervision
Furry Friend: P.I.T.A., Parakeet
Other Interests: Going to the Beach
Academic All-Big Ten... Talbott played in 47 games and started 41 times... made 30 starts in left field, 10 in center and one at designated hitter... batted at least one in eight of the nine spots in the lineup -- all but ninth, which was his customary spot in 2011 and 2012... started all three games of the Big Ten series against Ohio State, Penn State, Northwestern and Nebraska... led the team in stolen bases, finishing his career 55-of-63 in stolen base attempts (fifth most in program history)... recorded the first Purdue stolen base at Alexander Field (second inning of March 23 game vs. Ohio State)... enjoyed a productive spring break trip, batting .345 (10-for-29) with five extra-base hits and a team-high 10 runs scored... recorded outfield assists against Northwestern and Southern Illinois... posted three-hit games in wins against Connecticut and Cincinnati... hit safely and scored a run in six straight games in March, going 10-for-25 while crossing home plate 10 times during that stretch... homered in the opener of the Illinois-Chicago series... walked three times and stole two bases in the middle game of the Ohio State series... delivered the second of back-to-back two-run doubles during Purdue's seven-run fourth inning in the season-opening win against UConn... doubled in his final collegiate at-bat to ignite a four-run ninth inning rally against Iowa... also finished his career ranked eighth in triples and seventh in hit by pitch among the Purdue all-time leaders.
Big Ten Player of the Week (March 12)... Talbott played in 50 games, making 48 starting as the primary left fielder... led the Big Ten with six triples... delivered the walk-off single in the 10th inning of the win against Louisville, playing the hero in the final home opener in the history of Lambert Field... was finally thrown out trying to steal for the first time in his college career during the Northwestern series in early April, ending his streak of 30 consecutive stolen bases... posted six straight multi-hit games during his nine-game hitting streak in early March... had four hits and a career-high four RBI in the finale of the Murray State series, connecting for a solo home run... also had four hits in game two of the Murray State series and the midweek win at Ball State... finished the Murray State series 10-for-17 with four extra-base hits and five RBI to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors... batted .360 with runners on base, going 3-for-5 with the bases loaded, and .370 when leading off an inning... led the team with 12 sacrifice bunts... batted .350 with nine extra-base hits in true road games... finished the postseason 6-for-14 with an outfield assist and three sacrifice bunts while starting five of the six games... batted .377 with 11 RBI in the month of March... struck out only one time in 53 at-bats in the month of April... led the way during the first 10-game win streak, finishing the hot streak 21-for-40 with four triples... hit safely in all three games of the Big Ten/Big East Challenge and the Auburn Tournament as well as the series against Murray State, Northwestern and Iowa... scored a run in all three games of the Auburn Tournament Murray State series... scored a run in six straight games during his nine-game hit streak.
Third Team All-Big Ten... Talbott played in 56 games and started 55 times, primarily in left field... led the team in runs scored, and the Big Ten for much of the season, despite batting ninth in 36 of his 55 starts... batted at least once in every spot in the order except 3-4-5... also led the team in stolen bases, finishing a perfect 17-of-17 to improve to 22-of-22 for his college career... reached base safely 43 percent of the time when leading off an inning... recorded 11 of his 32 RBIs with two outs in an inning... reached base safely on an error a team-high 13 times... posted hitting streaks of nine and 10 consecutive games... reached base safely in 17 straight games from March 11 through April 6... scored a run in eight consecutive games from Feb. 26 through March 8... scored 12 times over a stretch of six games in April... started the season strong, going 7-for-21 with eight runs scored and no strikeouts in February... led the way on the spring break trip, hitting safely in all eight games and finishing the tour of Tennessee 13-for-32 with six extra-base hits and nine runs scored... went 12-for-36 with a team-high 13 runs scored during the nine-game road stretch in April... finished the month batting .338 with 11 RBIs and 21 runs... batted .344 with 10 doubles and 38 runs scored in true road games... hit safely in every game of the Morehead State, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee Tech, Penn State, Indiana and Michigan State series... scored a run in every game of the Morehead, Lipscomb, Tech and Penn State series... threw out a runner at the plate to end the top of the inning and homered to lead off the bottom of the frame in the series-opening win against Illinois... Big East/Big Ten Challenge (Feb. 18-20): scored twice in the Connecticut win, executed a squeeze bunt against Notre Dame and reached base safely twice in the victory against Pittsburgh... at Morehead State (Feb. 26-27): reached base safely nine times in the series, finishing the weekend 6-for-15 with four RBIs and six runs scored; had three hits in game two and three RBIs in game three... at Lipscomb (March 4-6): reached base safely five times, scoring the only run in the 1-0 series-opening win... at Tennessee-Martin (March 11-13): ignited big spring break trip with 5-for-11 series, recording three extra-base hits and five runs scored; finished a home run shy of the cycle and scored three times in the game two win... at Tennessee Tech (March 18-20): doubled twice and scored four runs as part of a 5-for-15 series... at Minnesota (April 1-2): led the way with a 6-for-11 showing at the plate, stringing together eight consecutive productive plate appearances to begin the series at Target Field; had three hits in each of the first two games... at Butler (April 6): drove in a season-high three runs thanks to a bases-loaded double in the Purdue's six-run second inning... Michigan (April 8-10): recorded an RBI single and scored a run in each of the final two games of the series, beginning his 10-game hit streak... at Penn State (April 15-17): hit safely and scored a run in all three games, finishing the weekend 4-for-12 with a triple and five runs scored... at Illinois-Chicago (April 20): reached base safely and scored a run in each of his four plate appearances, collecting three hits... Indiana (April 30-May 1): capped a 4-for-13 series with a solo home run in the finale; reached base safely three times in the game two win... Illinois (May 13-15): doubled and homered as part of his game one heroics, finishing the weekend 3-for-11 with two RBIs and two runs scored... Illinois-Chicago (May 17): reached safely and scored three times in the midweek finale... at Big Ten Tournament (May 25-27): led the way offensively in the win against Penn State, driving in three runs thanks to a pair of doubles; delivered the go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning... Big Ten Rankings: second in runs scored, third in hit by pitch and seventh in stolen bases... Purdue Single-Season Rankings: fourth in runs scored and seventh in hit by pitch.
Talbott played in 18 games and started six times, primarily in left field ... recorded four of his seven RBIs with two outs in an inning ... reached base safely in six of his chances when leading off an inning ... was 2-for-4 as a pinch hitter and 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position ... went 9-for-20 with six RBIs, nine runs scored and three stolen bases in March ... at Southern Illinois (March 5-7): made the most of his first collegiate start, going 2-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored in the series opener ... at Eastern Kentucky (March 16-17): started the game two win, going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and two stolen bases ... Chicago State (March 26-27): started the series opener, going 2-for-2 with two runs scored ... at Missouri (March 30-31): started both games of the midweek series, going deep twice and driving in four runs as the starting DH in game one; started in left field in game two ... Minnesota (April 2-4): saw action in all three games, starting the series finale in left field; scored the game-tying run as a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth inning of series opener, which Purdue went to win in extra innings ... Valparaiso (April 6): singled, stole a base and scored twice after entering the game as a pinch hitter ... at Michigan (April 9-11): started the middle game of the series, his final start of the season ... Butler (May 18): stole a base and scored the game-tying run as a pinch runner in the seventh inning of the comeback win.
Three-year varsity letterwinner at Freehold Township High School in Freehold, N.J. ... Posted a career .342 batting average in high school ... Named first team All-Shore Conference, All-Freehold Regional High School District and All-Monmouth County his senior season ... Third team All-Central Jersey Group IV as a senior ... 2009 Team MVP after leading Freehold in average (.423), hits (33), runs (32), RBI (26), doubles (5), home runs (4) and walks (14) ... Also earned two varsity letters in basketball, and was named first team all-division after averaging 17 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior ... Member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Stephen E. Talbott ... Born Sept. 26, 1990 in San Diego, Calif. ... Son of Randy and Sandra Talbott ... Has two brothers, Ryan and Chris ... Grandfather, Stephen Vanderhoof, played football at Purdue ... Majoring in selling and sales management.