Weekend Schedule Change Now has Boilers Birmingham Bound

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Brandon Krieg was 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits in the five games vs. Samford last year.
Brandon Krieg was 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits in the five games vs. Samford last year.

Feb. 27, 2014

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After its originally scheduled weekend series at Missouri State was canceled due to winter weather in the forecast for the southern plains, Purdue baseball will now travel to Birmingham to play a Saturday doubleheader against Butler and Samford at Samford's Joe Lee Griffin Field.

Games are set for 11:30 a.m. ET vs. Butler (1-4) and 3 p.m. ET vs. Samford (3-4). The Boilermakers (0-6) will be visiting Griffin Field on the picturesque Samford campus for the second year in a row and third time since 2007.

Butler and Samford were originally scheduled to play a standard three-game weekend series in Birmingham this weekend. Head coaches Steve Farley (Butler) and Casey Dunn (Samford) agreed to let Purdue join the weekend schedule after learning of Missouri State canceling the series vs. the Boilers in Springfield, Mo. Missouri State opted travel to Abilene, Texas, this weekend for a newly-arranged four-team tournament at Abilene Christian.

Butler and Samford will also play single games against each other on Friday and Sunday.

Purdue will attempt to pick up a game on its return trip home Sunday, but head coach Doug Schreiber said the probability of the third game being added stood at about 30 percent as of noon on Thursday. Numerous teams had their weekend schedules altered by the latest cold front rolling through the Great Plains, Midwest and Northeast.

The forecast for Saturday in Birmingham calls for clear skies and temperatures in the 60s. Purdue encountered some unseasonably cold weather for the south when it visited Samford for the first weekend of March last year, even playing a few innings in light snow flurries.

The Boilermakers are also scheduled to play Butler March 19 for the home opener at Alexander Field and April 15 in Indianapolis. The addition of Saturday's game sets up a possible three-game season series against the Bulldogs, with all three matchups being played in different locations.

After Purdue's two games against Nebraska-Omaha were canceled during the season-opening weekend at the University of Tennessee, it was possible the Boilers may not play a neutral site game this year until the Big Ten Tournament (at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha). The 2007 season marked the last time Purdue did not play at least one neutral-site game.

Brett Haan and Jordan Minch are slated to start on the mound Saturday for the Boilermakers. Butler is expected to throw Kyle Kramp (RHP) and Samford is expected to start Alex Milazzo (RHP). Purdue faced Milazzo twice a year ago while playing Samford five times over the course of 10 days early in the season. Samford won the final four meetings after the Boilers took the opener of the season series at Mississippi State's tournament.

The Purdue-Butler series dates back to 1888, with the Boilers enjoying a 100-33-3 edge all-time. The Boilermakers' nine-game win streak in the series dating back to 1996 was snapped last year when Butler was victorious 8-4 at Alexander Field.

Live audio coverage via PurdueSports.com will be available for both games Saturday. A free live video webcast via the Samford Showcase will also be available for the afternoon game against the host school.