March 14, 2013
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Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Brad Schreiber (Jr, RHP) vs. UE's Kyle Freeland (So, LHP)
Saturday: Jordan Minch (Fr, LHP) vs. UE's Kyle Lloyd (Sr, RHP)
Sunday: Robert Ramer (Sr, RHP) vs. UE's Cole Isom (Jr, LHP)
Friday: 62 degrees, clear skies
Saturday: 53 degrees, 40 percent chance of rain
Sunday: 43 degrees, 60 percent chance of rain
Series History with Evansville
All-Time: Purdue leads 18-15
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Evansville: Purdue leads 4-1
Last Meeting: Purdue 4, Evansville 3 - 10 innings (2010 in Evansville)
First Meeting: Purdue 5, Evansville 4 (1947 in Evansville)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball concludes its spring break trip with a trip to Evansville for its first true weekend series against the Purple Aces in a series history that dates back to the 1940s.
First pitch at Evansville's Braun Stadium is set for 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (all times ET).
The Boilermakers (5-10) played at four-team tournaments at Braun Stadium on the 2009 and 2010 spring break trips, posting a 4-2 record and defeating the Purples Aces both years. Angelo Cianfrocco is the only active Boiler that played in the 10-inning victory of 2010. The series history between the instate rivals has otherwise been comprised mainly of midweek action. Over the years, the programs have also squared off for neutral-site action in Florida and California.
Purdue is 2-2 on its spring break trip, splitting a rain-shortened series at Illinois-Chicago last weekend and also splitting games this week at Cincinnati (won, 7-4) and No. 4 Louisville (lost, 3-1).
Evansville (6-9) has won three straight and five of its last eight games since beginning the season 1-6. The Purple Aces played their first seven games at Arkansas-Little Rock (1-2), Arkansas (0-3) and Vanderbilt (0-1) before winning a weekend series at home against Wisconsin-Milwaukee to open the month of March. Kennesaw State took two-of-three from UE in Georgia last weekend.
Evansville is expected to start a pair of left-handed pitchers, handing the ball to southpaws for the series opener and finale. Purdue has not faced a lefty starter since game two of the Samford series on March 2, a streak of five consecutive games against right-handers. The Boilermakers have utilized the same lineup in the last three games, a lineup that has featured three straight lefties -- Kyle Wood, Conner Hudnall and Cianfrocco -- in the 3-4-5 segment. With Purdue playing better over the last three games with that lineup, it will be interesting to see if head coach Doug Schreiber sticks with the same order against a lefty starter.
The Boilermakers have posted three of their five victories this year in games in which the opposition started a lefty.
Jake Hansen and Brandon Krieg have each reached base safely in a team-high eight straight games. Hansen has hit safely in all eight games, batting .385 during his streak. Krieg has struggled at the plate as of late, cooling off after a hot start to his sophomore campaign. But despite a 6-for-33 showing in the last eight games, the second baseman has found a way on base at least once each time out.
Stephen Talbott is 7-for-17 with a team-high seven runs scored during the spring break trip. He has already hit for the cycle over the course of the four games. The senior was able to bust out of a 2-for-17 slump, during which the Boilers were 0-6.
Evansville starting pitchers Kyle Lloyd and Kyle Freeland have been consistently around the strike zone early this season. As the Saturday starter, Lloyd has compiled a 2.16 ERA while giving up only 24 hits and five walks in 25 innings. Freeland has struck out 31 versus only three walks in 27 innings. Both pitchers have surrendered just three extra-base hits.
Meanwhile, the Purple Aces have manufactured many of their runs thanks to walks (72), sac bunts (17) and sac flies (nine). John Day (10 walks, 11 RBI) and Jason Hockenmeyer (15 walks, 11 RBI) have already reached double-figures in both walks and RBI. Evansville has only recorded 22 extra-base hits in its first 15 games.
The Purdue Aces are the first of four Missouri Valley Conference opponents on Purdue's schedule. The Boilermakers will take on Indiana State for a home-and-home midweek series in early April, host Illinois State April 23 and take on Southern Illinois for a three-game series at Alexander Field the first weekend of May.