March 18, 2014
Probable Pitching Matchup
Adam Dressler (Fr, RHP) vs. Butler's Gunner Johnson (Sr, LHP)
Wednesday Afternoon Forecast for Indianapolis
53 degrees, clear skies, windy
All-Time: Purdue leads 101-33-3
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Butler: Purdue leads 7-1 (Since 1999)
First Meeting of 2014: Purdue 3, Butler 2 (March 1 in Birmingham, Ala.)
Last Meeting in Indianapolis: Purdue 10, Butler 8 (April 2011)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball opens midweek play and continues its busy spring break schedule with a Wednesday road date at Butler, a game that will be played in Indianapolis after a late schedule change Tuesday.
First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. at Bulldog Park in Indianapolis, where the Boilermakers have not played since winning there in April 2011. With the two teams switching midweek home dates, Purdue will now host Butler on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday's game was originally scheduled to be the 2014 home opener at Alexander Field. The Boilermakers will now open their home slate Tuesday, March 25 vs. IPFW at 5 p.m. Fans with tickets for Wednesday's home opener against Butler can redeem those tickets for any upcoming game at Alexander Field this spring.
The harsh winter's lingering effects on the playing surface at Alexander Field coupled with rain in the forecast for overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning led to the coaching staffs agreeing on the location change. Butler played at home Tuesday afternoon and the forecast for Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis calls for clear skies.
The Purdue Sports Turf grounds crew at Alexander Field worked diligently to get the field ready while the Boilers were in San Diego this past weekend. Their efforts are appreciated by the athletics department administration and coaching staff alike.
Adam Dressler is scheduled to start on the mound for Purdue (1-14). The right-hander would be eighth pitcher to start this year for the Boilermakers, but the first freshman to do so.
Indianapolis natives Steve Maniago (Bishop Chatard) and Brandon Krieg (Lawrence Central) have been Purdue's primary third baseman and shortstop, respectively, early this year. The Boilermakers have not played a game in the Circle City since defeating Anderson University at Victory Field in Downtown Indy in April 2012.
Purdue defeated Butler (7-11) March 1 in Birmingham, Ala., 3-2. The game was a late addition to both teams' schedules after Butler and Samford allowed the Boilers to join their regularly-scheduled weekend series on Samford's campus. Purdue was in need of games after its series against Missouri State in Springfield, Mo., was canceled due to winter weather. Butler and Samford each played the Boilers on Saturday rather than each other.
Both teams left 10 men on base in the first Purdue-Butler game of 2014. The Boilermakers turned three inning-ending double plays, including two with the bases loaded. Tim McElroy closed out the Purdue win by retiring Butler's No. 3 hitter, Marcos Calderon, with the potential tying run at first base. The Boilers' top three hitters early this season - Sean McHugh, Kyle Wood and Conner Hudnall - each delivered a run-scoring hit.
Butler has compiled a 6-5 record since the first meeting on March 1.
Purdue closes out its spring break schedule this weekend with a three-game series at Southern Illinois. The Salukis unveiled their new Itchy Jones Stadium this past weekend.