Jan. 24, 2012
| Complete 2012 Schedule
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue baseball's May 8 game at IPFW has once again been moved to Parkview Field in downtown Fort Wayne, the home of the San Diego Padres' Class A affiliate in the Midwest League, the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
First pitch at Parkview Field on Tuesday, May 8 is slated for 6 p.m. The start time has been moved up a half hour from the 6:30 first pitch announced for the game when it was scheduled to be played on campus. The game will serve as the Boilers' final midweek contest away from home.
Parkview Field opened in 2009 and was recently ranked the No. 1 ballpark in all of Minor League Baseball by the sports travel publication and website, Stadium Journey.
Led by four hits from Eric Charles and four RBIs from Kevin Plawecki, Purdue won last season's game with IPFW at Parkview Field, 8-3. The Boilermakers scored six times over the final two innings. Lance Breedlove, Pat Gannon and Sean Collins teamed up for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to highlight the night for the pitching staff. Collins struck out four of the seven batters he faced while closing out the win.
Fort Wayne natives Tyler Spillner and Payton Bieker both started for Purdue in last year's game at Parkview Field. They remain active members of the program, with Spillner preparing for his senior season and Bieker set to serve as a volunteer assistant coach.
Other Minor League and historic ballparks featured on Purdue's 2012 schedule includes: Jack Russell Stadium and Al Lang Stadium in Clearwater-St. Petersburg, Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium and Huntington Park in downtown Columbus.
Jack Russell Stadium was the spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies from 1955-2003. Al Lang Stadium has hosted numerous spring training exhibitions in downtown St. Petersburg since it was constructed in 1977. The Boilermakers will play at both stadiums during the season-opening Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
Victory Field is the home of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pittsburgh Pirates' Triple-A affiliate in the International League. Purdue is schedule to play Anderson University at the VIC on April 4. Huntington Park is scheduled to host the Big Ten Tournament (May 23-27) for the third time in the last four years. The downtown stadium is home to the Columbus Clippers, the Cleveland Indians' Triple-A affiliate in the International League.
The Boilermakers will visit Jackie Robinson Stadium for a three-game series at UCLA the weekend of May 5-6. Both teams are idle from conference play that weekend.
The college baseball season begins Friday, Feb. 17. Purdue has drawn Cincinnati, Connecticut and Notre Dame for the season-opening Big Ten/Big East Challenge. The Boilermakers will play Cincinnati at Jack Russell Stadium and Notre Dame at Al Lang Stadium.