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PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Purdue baseball began practicing on Feb. 1 and opens the 2008 season vs. Baylor on Feb. 22.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Purdue baseball began practicing on Feb. 1 and opens the 2008 season vs. Baylor on Feb. 22.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 5, 2008

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  • WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Boilermakers and the rest of the nation began practice on Friday, Feb. 1, in preparation for 2008 campaign. The Boilermakers have three weeks before the first official pitch of the season.

    "It's exciting to begin work for the season and to see the energy level of the guys out here," head coach Doug Schreiber said. "We have several players competing for starting positions, and that has brought out a great attitude and work ethic among or players."

    Purdue looks to replace two starting position players and two starting pitchers from the 2007 squad. Departed catcher Spencer Ingaldson and second baseman Eric Osborn need to be replaced in the batting order, while pitchers Ricky Heines and Dan Sattler leave voids in the pitching rotation.

    "We have some positions where we still need to determine a starter," Schreiber said, "and we only have a couple weeks before we open our season. We definitely have our work cut out for us before we travel to Texas."

    The Boilermakers open the 2008 season in Waco, Texas, on Feb. 22, against the Baylor Bears. Baylor enters the season ranked as high as 15th in the nation.

    "Baylor is always among the nation's best and will be strong competition for us," Schreiber said. "Our first few weeks of the season will definitely be demanding, but it will prepare us for the Big Ten schedule and a run towards the postseason."

    2008 marks the first year of the NCAA's universal starting date for collegiate baseball. No school was permitted to open the season with a practice earlier than Feb. 1 or a game earlier than Feb. 22 - placing all teams on a consistent starting date regardless of geographic region. In years past, the NCAA allowed teams to begin play in the first weekend of February with some exceptions permitting play in January.