WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - ESPNU is bringing its cameras to Alexander Field for the first time to televise the April 25 Purdue-Indiana baseball game to a nationwide audience.
ESPN has announced its spring sports schedule and the slate includes four Big Ten baseball games. The Wednesday midweek game between the Boilermakers and Hoosiers in late April is a non-conference game. First pitch has been moved back an hour to 7 p.m. ET.
The two rivals square off for a Big Ten series the weekend of April 6 to 8 in Bloomington. Starting this year, the coaching staffs have agreed to begin playing a non-conference midweek date at whichever team is not hosting that year’s weekend series.
The April 25 game is believed to be the first time that Purdue baseball will have ever appeared on ESPN’s family of linear networks. The Big Ten Network televised the Boilermakers’ three games at the 2012 NCAA Regional in Gary, Indiana. The following year, all NCAA Regionals were carried by ESPN3 for the first time.
The BTN’s baseball schedule for the upcoming season is also complete and will likely be announced in mid-February. At least two of Purdue’s games this spring will be televised live by BTN. The entire Big Ten Tournament will be on BTN again as well. Webcast coverage via BTN Plus on BTN2Go remains the best way to watch the majority of the Boilermakers’ home games and Big Ten road games.
Purdue finally had the opportunity to host the Hoosiers at Alexander Field last season, winning the weekend series via victories in the first two games. It was the first Purdue-IU series in West Lafayette since May 2011. Dating back to the 2008 Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, the Boilermakers have won 11 of the last 14 games in the series played away from Bloomington.
Aside from the six all-time meetings at the Big Ten Tournament, Purdue and Indiana have only squared off for Big Ten play dating back to 1906. The Purdue-IU series on the baseball diamond dates back to 1888, but the programs were independents until 1906. Iowa and Minnesota also became Big Ten baseball members that year as the baseball standings expanded from four to eight universities.
Season tickets are now on sale for the 24-game home schedule at Alexander Field. Single-game tickets will go on sale in mid-February. The Boilermakers open their new season the weekend of Feb. 16 to 18 with a three-game series at Baylor.
2018 BIG TEN BASEBALL ON ESPNU
Tuesday, April 10 – Notre Dame at Michigan State, 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, April 15 – Iowa at Nebraska, 2 p.m. ET
Wednesday, April 25 – Indiana at Purdue, 7 p.m. ET
Saturday, May 19 – Penn State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. ET