Feb. 23, 2010
On the Air
All 55 games scheduled for the regular season will be broadcast live. Locally, fans can tune in on 1410 AM WSHY, while those outside of the Lafayette area can access Purdue's online broadcast and hear every pitch over the Internet. Additionally, fans can follow all of the Boilermaker action free via Gametracker which is available on the Purdue baseball schedule page at purduesports.com.
Purdue will open its 2010 schedule, the 123rd year of Boilermaker baseball, at the second annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge. Hosted at various sites around St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Fla., Purdue will square off against Villanova, Cincinnati and Rutgers. In the inaugural challenge last year, the Boilers went 1-2 - defeating Cincinnati on a walk-off double by departed third baseman Dan Black before falling to South Florida and Notre Dame.
The Boilermakers will open play at a neutral site in Florida for a second consecutive season and for the 13th time in school history ... Purdue has opened its season in the Tampa/St. Pete area twice before (1981, 2009) ... The Boilers have also started their year in Boca Raton (1990, `91 and `92), Deland (1994) and Lakeland (1979, `80, `82, `83 and `84) ... Purdue has opened at Florida Atlantic (1989 and 2005), Miami (1988) and Stetson (1993) in the Sunshine State.
Taking a Four-Day Weekend
The Boilers will stay over an extra day in Clearwater to play West Virginia in a non-Big Ten/Big East Challenge contest on Monday, March 1. Last season, Purdue faced Michigan in a non-conference game during the course of the challenge.
Hit the Road, Pete
Purdue will play its first 15 games of the season away from home. After Florida, the Boilers will head to Carbondale, Ill., for a three-game set against Southern Illinois; Evansville, Ind., for the Dunn Hospitality Classic against LeMoyne, Morehead State and Evansville; Richmond, Ky., for a two-game series against Eastern Kentucky before finally wrapping up the extended road swing in Athens, Ohio, against the Bobcats of Ohio.
Purdue vs. The Big East
The Boilermakers have faced eight schools that currently call the Big East Conference home, including scheduled opponents Cincinnati, Rutgers and West Virginia ... Purdue is 56-91-2 in 149 all-time meetings with Big East schools.
Purdue vs. Villanova
The Boilers and Wildcats will be meeting for the first time on the baseball diamond.
Purdue vs. Cincinnati
The Boilermakers and Bearcats will square off for the 16th time in an all-time series that dates back to 1888 ... The two schools met last season in the first game of the year for both squads. Purdue prevailed 11-10 on a walk-off RBI double by Dan Black in the bottom of the ninth ... Purdue leads the series 10-5 and has won four straight and eight of the last nine games dating back to 1960 ... Purdue first ever win in collegiate baseball came against the Bearcats when the Boilers won 21-2 on May 3, 1888 ... Boilermaker skipper Doug Schreiber is 5-1 all-time against Cincinnati.
Purdue vs. Rutgers
The Boilers and Scarlet Knights will meet up for just the second time in baseball ... Purdue upended Rutgers 15-9 on March 17, 1999, in Boca Raton, Fla., in the only other meeting.
Purdue vs. West Virginia
The Boilers and Mountaineers will also be meeting for just the second time in baseball ... West Virginia knocked off Purdue 12-9 on March 7, 1995, in Deland, Fla.
Matt, Matt and Matt
Purdue will get a big boost in the early going with the return of all three of its weekend starters from last season. Matt Bischoff, Matt Jansen and Matt Morgan teamed up to start 40 of Purdue's 51 games last season ... Bischoff, a three-time all-league selection, will make a run at a number of Purdue career records in his senior season, including starts (t15th, 34), innings pitched (14th, 228 1/3) and strikeouts (8th, 196) ... Jansen returns for his senior year despite getting selected by the San Francisco Giants in the 43rd round of last year's draft ... Morgan, a redshirt junior, went 5-0 in Big Ten series deciding games last season. The right-hander led all Boilermaker pitchers with six wins on the mound.
The Boilermaker relief staff should be another strong point heading into the season. A youthful bunch last season (four freshmen saw significant action), the group now has some seasoning and experience behind them. Seniors Kevin Cahill and Drew Wurdack anchor the relief corps, and will be joined by sophomores Blake Mascarello, Sean Collins, Tyler Calder and Joe Haase.
Filling in the Gaps
Offensively the Boilermakers have some pretty big holes to fill. The departure of seniors John Cummins (1B), Brandon Haveman (OF), Alex Jaffee (OF), Eric Nielsen (C) and Ben Wolgamot (INF/OF), as well as the loss of drafted junior Dan Black (3B/C), will open a number of opportunities for returners and newcomers alike.
Outfielder Jon Moore was slated to be a part of the previous note about the departed senior class, but a knee injury suffered last season and a medical redshirt will keep him around for the 2010 slate. In the 18 games he started before getting hurt last season, Moore hit .328 with three doubles, a home run, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored. Despite missing 33 games, including the entire Big Ten Conference schedule, Moore still tied for fourth on the team in stolen bases after getting caught just once on eight attempts.
Charles In Charge
Redshirt sophomore Eric Charles is coming off a Freshman All-American season that saw him hit .371 with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs and 45 runs scored in 45 games played.