Play Ball: Purdue vs. Florida Atlantic

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM FAU Field in Boca Raton, Fla., will be the site of the start of the 2005 Purdue baseball season.
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FAU Field in Boca Raton, Fla., will be the site of the start of the 2005 Purdue baseball season.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Feb. 24, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue baseball team takes the field for the first time this weekend, opening the 2005 season in Boca Raton, Fla., against Florida Atlantic. The Owls are 4-2 on the season, sweeping Cincinnati in their opening weekend and then dropping two of three to TCU.

The Boilermakers are 2-4 in season openers under head coach Doug Schreiber, including a win over then-No. 1 Rice in 2001. This is the second time Purdue will open the season in the State of Florida under Schreiber. The Old Gold and Black opened the 2003 campaign in Homestead, Fla., losing to Pittsburgh 8-5.

Purdue is coming off a 29-28 season in 2004, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament in Minneapolis as the conference's No. 5 seed. Purdue had a Big Ten record of 17-14 one year ago.

Florida Atlantic opened the 2005 season ranked as high as No. 28 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll. The Owls advanced to the NCAA Regional in Miami last year, finishing the season with a 47-17 record.

THE MATCHUP
Purdue University Boilermakers (0-0) vs.
Florida Atlantic University Owls (4-2)

SERIES INFORMATION
Feb. 25-27 ~ 7 p.m./1 p.m./1 p.m.
FAU Field ~ Boca Raton, Fla.
Live stats will be available at www.PurdueSports.com

NATIONAL RANKINGS
Purdue: n/a
FAU: n/a

THE FIELD
FAU Field: 330 Left; 400 Center; 330 Right
Capacity: FAU Field seats 2,000.

IN THE COACHING BOX
Purdue: Doug Schreiber ~ Seventh season at Purdue with a career record of 173-163 (.515).
FAU: Kevin Cooney ~ 18th season at FAU with a record of 617-381-4. Cooney is in his 22nd year of coaching and has a career record of 757-431-9.

PROBABLE ROTATION
Purdue
~ Friday ... Scott Byrnes (Sr., RHP)
~ Saturday ... Brent Coudron (Jr., LHP)
~ Sunday ... Mitch Pruemer (Sr., RHP)
FAU
~ Friday ... Will Mann (Jr., RHP)
~ Saturday ... Mike Crotta (So., RHP)
~ Sunday ... Chris Salberg (So., LHP)

SERIES HISTORY
All-Time Record: Series is tied, 4-4.
First Meeting: March 5, 1989 (FAU 4, Purdue 0)
Last Meeting: March 5, 1992 (FAU 6, Purdue 1)
Current Streak: FAU, 1