Boilermakers Begin Midweek Play vs. Butler & Indiana State

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sean McHugh hit the game-tying pinch hit home run in the ninth inning of the Indiana State win last year.
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Sean McHugh hit the game-tying pinch hit home run in the ninth inning of the Indiana State win last year.
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April 1, 2013


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Probable Pitching Matchups
Tuesday: Eddie De LaRiva (Fr, RHP) vs. Butler's Kevin Lenkman (Sr, LHP)
Wednesday: Mike Gaglianese (So, RHP) vs. ISU's Tyler Fehringer (Sr, RHP)

Series History vs. Butler
All-Time: Purdue leads 100-32-3
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Butler: Purdue leads 6-0 (Since 1999)
Current Series Streak: Purdue has won nine straight dating back to 1996
Last Meeting: Purdue 10, Butler 8 (April 2011 in Indianapolis)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 5, Butler 4 (2010)
First Meeting: Purdue 9, Butler 0 (1888 in West Lafayette)

Series History vs. Indiana State
All-Time: Indiana State leads 33-28-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. ISU: Purdue leads 6-5 (Since 1999)
Last Meeting: Purdue 2, ISU 1 -- 10 innings (Mau 2012 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 7, ISU 0 (1902 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball's first full week of action at Alexander Field begins with back-to-back midweek games against instate rivals as Butler and Indiana State visit the new stadium.

First pitch is set for 6 p.m. both Tuesday (vs. Butler) and Wednesday (vs. Indiana State) evenings. General admission tickets are specially priced at $2 for the season-long Two Dollar Tuesdays promotion. In honor of opening day week around Major League Baseball, fans that wear a logo of their favorite MLB franchise will receive $1 general admission tickets Wednesday.

After having their first two midweek games canceled due to cold weather and then snow, the Boilermakers (10-14) will finally have a chance to put their 17-game midweek streak on the line. The streak dates back to March 2011 and does not include Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday games played on the annual spring break trip.

Indiana State (11-11) was one out away from snapping Purdue's midweek win streak in the home finale a year ago. But Sean McHugh hit a pinch-hit home run with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the score. Purdue went on to win in walk-off fashion in the bottom of the 10th, sending Lambert Field out in style.

But it was Butler (12-12) that was supposed to be the opponent for the final game in Lambert Field history. However, the Bulldogs had to cancel midweek games against both ISU and Purdue late last season due to overscheduling. The Sycamores replaced Butler on the schedule and the fans at Lambert Field were treated to a pitcher's duel that evolved into a walk-off thriller.

The Boilermakers were 8-0 against teams from the state of Indiana a year ago. This season, Purdue has a series win at Evansville, Indiana State's Missouri Valley Conference rival, in the only action so far against another school that calls the state of Indiana home.

The Last Meeting
Purdue10
Butler8
April 6, 2011
Indianapolis, Ind.
Purdue Rides Early Six-Run Rally To Ninth Straight Win Versus Butler
Purdue baseball scored six times in the second inning and Robert Ramer struck out a career-high six in a lengthy relief outing, lifting the Boilermakers to their ninth straight win against Butler, 10-8, Wednesday afternoon.

The Last Meeting
Indiana State1  
Purdue2(10)
May 15, 2012
West Lafayette, Ind.
Boilermakers Close Out Lambert Field With Thrilling Walk-off Win vs. Indiana State
Sean McHugh tied the game with a two-out, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning and Cameron Perkins won it in the 10th with a line drive to left field, lifting No. 13 Purdue baseball to a 2-1 walk-off win against Indiana State Tuesday afternoon in the final game ever played at Lambert Field.

The Boilermakers have won nine straight games against Butler dating back to 1996. While only three active Boilers played in the last meeting between the two schools, Robert Ramer (Win, 5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K), Stephen Talbott (double, 3 RBI, 2 runs) and Jake Hansen (single, walk, RBI, run) were all significant contributors to the April 2011 win in Indianapolis.

Ramer has been a big part of the current 17-game midweek win streak, starting 10 of the 17 games on the mound. Two years ago at Butler he got the win in relief. With Ramer having moved to the weekend rotation, newcomers may need to fill the roles as midweek starters. Freshman Eddie De LaRiva made a spot start in the finale of the Evansville series and picked up two wins in long relief early in the season. But he has not pitched since March 16 at Evansville.

With Mike Lutz having thrown over 90 pitches while appearing in all three games of series sweep at Penn State this past weekend, his availability figures to be limited if he is asked to pitch at all. Pat Gannon and Mike Gaglianese have midweek starting experience. They along with Joe Eichmann and Tim McElroy figure to be the next in line to get the call for extended midweek action on the mound.

Butler has yet to play a true home game after a series against IPFW the weekend of March 9-10 was moved to Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis. In their first and most likely only season in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Bulldogs are off to a 4-2 start. They swept Virginia Commonwealth in Richmond two weeks ago to begin conference play. Butler also won the series opener at St. Bonaventure Friday before the Bonnies came back to take the series.

First baseman Jimmy Risi has put up some impressive power numbers early this season. While leading the team with a .357 batting average and 23 RBI, 18 of his 35 hits have gone for extra bases. Ten different Bulldogs have already homered this year. Purdue and Ohio State combined for only eight extra base hits in over 200 plate appearances during the inaugural weekend of action at Alexander Field. The early indications are it is very much a pitcher's ballpark.

Indiana State lost a number of key position players from its 2012 team that won the Missouri Valley regular-season title and earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Regionals. And like Purdue, the returning veterans have had their struggles. The Sycamores are batting .231 as a team but their pitching has been very good led by the formidable one-two punch of Sean Manaea and Devin Moore at the top of the weekend rotation. Combined, they've surrendered only 18 runs in 74 2/3 innings.

Indiana State has some quality wins over good teams like College of Charleston, Mercer and Austin Peay, as well as a series victory against Minnesota in the Metrodome. Highlighted by a conference-opening sweep of Southern Illinois two weeks ago, the Sycamores were riding as winners of eight of 10. But after losing a home midweek game to common opponent Illinois-Chicago March 27, they were swept at Valley favorite Missouri State this past weekend.

Purdue and Indiana State will play again next Tuesday in Terre Haute, marking the Boilers' first appearance at Bob Warn Field since 2006.