March 31, 2014
Probable Starting Pitchers
Adam Dressler (Fr, RHP) vs. UIC's Joe Perricone (So, RHP)
All-Time: Purdue leads 12-6
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. UIC: Purdue leads 7-3 (Since 1999)
2013: Purdue won 2-of-3 (Won Game 2 in Chicago & Midweek Game in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting: Purdue 20, UIC 0 (April 2013 in West Lafayette)
Last Meetings in Chicago: Split a 2-Game Series (9-2 UIC & 17-10 Purdue, March 2013)
First Meetings: Purdue Swept a Doubleheader, 5-0 & 14-4 (May 1982 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball open its home-heavy month of April with the last of its seven consecutive road games in the Land of Lincoln, taking on Illinois-Chicago Tuesday evening in the Windy City.
First pitch at Curtis Granderson Stadium is set for 7 p.m. ET. The game was moved up from its originally scheduled Wednesday date after the forecast called for 48 degrees Tuesday vs. 36 degrees with rain showers Wednesday
Due to ongoing construction at the new ballpark on UIC's campus, fans are asked to enter the venue through the Physical Education Building at 901 W. Roosevelt Rd. and continue through the first floor hallway into the stadium's north entrance. The harsh winter in Chicago delayed construction of the stadium, which is being built around the previous site of Les Miller Field. The great view of the Chicago skyline remains, but the current lack of a press box or phone lines prevented a radio or online audio broadcast from being a possibility Tuesday.
The Boilermakers' 12 Chicagoland area natives have a chance to play in their home state again. Jack Amaro, Eddie De LaRiva, Adam Dressler, Joe Eichmann, Jeff Evak, Matt Frawley, Patrick Kenney, Mike Lutz, Tim McElroy, Jack Picchiotti, Ted Snidanko and Kyle Wood all hail from the suburbs of Chicago. Together, they make up 37 percent of the Purdue roster this season.
Dressler is expected to make his third consecutive midweek start. He has worked 8 1/3 innings of one-run ball, issuing just one walk as the Boilers have open midweek play with wins against Butler (6-1) and IPFW (7-1). The Flames are expected to counter with right-hander Joe Perricone, who began his college career at Costal Carolina before transferring back to Harper College in the Chicagoland area. He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Perricone has started games against Lamar and Northern Illinois this year. He struck out five and walked four over 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball March 18 vs. NIU.
The Flames did not play a game from March 2-13 due weather-forced cancellations. UIC has a win against common opponent IPFW (Feb. 28 in Little Rock) and has won two-of-three at home the last two weekends against Horizon League rivals Valparaiso and Milwaukee.
Purdue (5-18) won the season series against UIC (8-13) last year and is 6-1 against the Flames dating back to 2011. After the finale of the March weekend series in Chicago was canceled due to cold and rainy weather, the April midweek game at Alexander Field became the rubber game of the season series. The Boilermakers scored 15 times in the second inning and rolled to a one-sided win. Picchiotti (6-for-9, 2 XBH, 3 walks, 4 RBI), Sean McHugh (7-for-14, 6 RBI, 5 runs) and Wood (5-for-11, 3 XBH, 8 RBI, 5 runs) all feasted on UIC pitching a year ago.
McHugh enters the week having reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. Conner Hudnall's reached safely streak is at 10 games while Wood (9) and Brandon Krieg (8) have all been on base consistently over the last two weeks.
Purdue hosts Penn State this weekend for the first home series of the season at Alexander Field. Games one and three will be televised live by the Big Ten Network, marking the BTN's first live telecasts from the new ballpark. Including an April 23 rematch with UIC in West Lafayette, the Boilers are scheduled to play 12 of their 16 games at Alexander Field from April 4-27.