The Boilermakers host Michigan for a weekend series at Alexander Field. Photos by David Wegiel & Michael Ringor.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Pro Team: Chicago Cubs
Favorite Ball Player: Clayton Kershaw
Favorite Pro Stadium: Wrigley Field
Favorite Field He's Played On (Other Than Purdue): MSU's Dudy Noble Field
Most Unique Baseball Feat He's Witnessed: The Cubs Clinching the Division at Wrigley in 2003
Favorite Playoff Format: Stanley Cup Playoffs
Toughest Hitter for Him to Face Among Teammates: Brandon Krieg
Current MLB Hitter He'd Like to Face: Bryce Harper
Person He'd Like to Have Dinner With: Mark Wahlberg
In His MP3 Player: O.A.R
Last Concert He Attended: O.A.R
Magazine He Subscribes To: Sports Illustrated
Favorite Actor, Actress & Director: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis & James Cameron
Favorite Month: July
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Dessert: Chocolate Ice Cream
Favorite Outdoor Activity: Fishing
Another Sport He Enjoys: Golf
Favorite Building on Campus: Wiley Dining Court
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Farmingdale, N.Y.
Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Ireland
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Atmosphere
Most Memorable Weekend at Purdue: 2014 Series at LSU
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Mary Harris, English
Furry Friend: Riley, Golden Retriever-Poodle Mix
2014 Season McElroy pitched in 25 games, making his first collegiate start in the finale of the Southern Illinois series... ranked eighth in the Big Ten appearances through the end of the regular season... his 25 appearances were also 13th in a season at Purdue... 13 appearances in Big Ten play were tied for third in the league and tied for ninth in a single season in Purdue history... allowed only five of 16 inherited runners to score (31 percent)... took the mound in all three games of the Michigan State series... struck out a career-high six over three hitless innings of relief in the finale of the Ohio State series... pitched a career-high four innings, giving up two runs, in the finale of the San Diego State series... was not charged with an earned run until his ninth appearance of the year (game four at SDSU)... struck out the side in a scoreless inning of relief in the finale of the Illinois series... did not give up a home run in 24 innings pitched... limited opposing hitters to a .227 average with two outs. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
2013 Season McElroy pitched in 21 games, often times as a situational lefty... would have established a Purdue freshman record for appearances if not for teammate Mike Lutz (25 in 2013)... became just the the third freshman in program history to make 20 appearances... allowed only six of 22 inherited runners to score for a team-best percentage of .273... earned his first collegiate win with a scoreless inning of relief in game two of the Southern Illinois series, striking out the first batter he faced to leave the bases loaded in the top of the seventh... pitched in all three games of the Michigan series, joining teammates Brett Andrzejewski and Mike Lutz as the first Purdue relievers to appear in all three games of a series since 2009... made two appearances in five other weekend series... worked a season-high two innings of scoreless relief in the Feb. 23 loss at Mississippi State... struck out the side after giving up a leadoff single in the eighth inning at Indiana State.
High School McElroy played for coaches Mike Manno, Ken Wieda and Joe Rybak at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Ill.... all-area special mention as a senior after compiling a 2.25 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 58 innings... threw a no-hitter in IHSA playoffs regional semifinal... helped lead St. Viator to back-to-back regional titles as an upperclassman.
Personal Full name is Timothy G. McElroy... born in Hindsdale, Ill.... parents are Tim and Michelle McElroy... family also includes older sisters Mary and Bridget and younger brother Jack... majoring in organizational leadership and supervision.