April 3, 2012
Midweek Stat Pack | Game Day Central (with live coverage links)
Victory Field | Purdue's 2012 Ballpark Tour
Probable Starting Pitchers
Robert Ramer vs. TBA for Anderson
Wednesday Weather Forecast for Indianapolis
64 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
All-Time Series: Purdue Leads 5-1
Last Meeting: Purdue won both games of a doubleheader 2-1 and 8-5 (1987 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 19 Purdue baseball continues midweek play with a game in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday evening, taking on Anderson University at Victory Field, home of the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians.
First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. The Boilermakers (20-5) will be the visiting team and bat first in the neutral-site contest. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for college students with a school ID as well as fans 18-and-under. The game will be televised live on WRTV-TV's 6.2 channel. WRTV-TV is an ABC affiliate based in Indianapolis. Channel 6.2 is available over the airwaves using a traditional antenna setup and some non-satellite cable packages.
Anderson (12-7) annually plays a game at Victory Field and invited Purdue to take part in the event this year. Indianapolis Indians' assistant general manager Randy Lewandowski is an Anderson alumnus and played baseball for the Ravens. The Indians use the annual Anderson game as a dress rehearsal for their home opener, which is set for April 13 this year.
The Boilermakers, meanwhile, will be playing in the second of the four Minor League Baseball stadiums on their schedule this year. Purdue defeated Missouri State March 13 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo., the home of the St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate in the Texas League. The Indianapolis Indians are the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate in the International League.
Next month, Purdue will play at Minor League stadiums in Fort Wayne (May 8 vs. IPFW) and Columbus (May 23-27 for the Big Ten Tournament).
Purdue remained at the same spot in weekly polls released by Perfect Game USA (15th), Baseball America (19th) and Collegiate Baseball (22nd). The Boilermakers also moved up in the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll (up four spots to No. 20) and NCBWA writers' poll (up five spots to No. 20) after a 4-1 showing last week while playing their first five games at home.
Purdue is 6-1 in neutral-site games this season, playing seven of its first nine games this year at neutral sites. A number of current Boilers that are Indiana natives played at Victory Field during various stages of the IHSAA State Tournament.
Purdue played Anderson six times over four seasons from 1984-87, but has not since. Anderson University is a private Christian institution with an enrollment of 2,600 located in Anderson, Ind., a community located northeast of Indianapolis between Noblesville and Muncie. The Ravens are an NCAA Division III program that competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Anderson had a conference game scheduled at Manchester Tuesday and is expected to start a right-hander on the mound Wednesday.
Robert Ramer will start for Purdue. The right-hander struck out a career-high nine over eight innings of one-run ball last week in a win against IPFW. The Boilermakers are 10-1 in Ramer's 11 career starts.
Purdue has won 10 consecutive true midweek games dating back to March 2011. The Boilermakers resume Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series at Northwestern, traveling to Evanston for the second year in a row.
Purdue's 2012 Notable Ballpark Tour
Date(s) -- Opponent -- Stadium -- Location -- Notable Pro Home Team/Historical Significance
Feb. 18-19 -- UC & UND -- Al Lang Stadium -- St. Petersburg, Fla. -- Long-time host of MLB Spring Training games
Feb. 25-26 -- ECU Tourney -- Clark-LeClair Stadium -- Greenville, N.C. -- NCAA Regional host
March 2-4 -- Auburn Tourney -- Plainsman Park -- Auburn, Ala. -- Multiple-time NCAA Regional host
March 13 -- Missouri State -- Hammons Field -- Springfield, Mo. -- Springfield Cardinals (AA), Cardinals Texas League Affiliate
March 15-17 -- Wichita State -- Eck Stadium -- Wichita, Kan. -- Multiple-time NCAA Regional host
April 4 -- Anderson -- Victory Field -- Indianapolis, Ind. -- Indianapolis Indians (AAA), Pirates International League Affiliate
April 20-22 -- Nebraska -- Haymarket Park -- Lincoln, Neb. -- Multiple-time NCAA Regional host
May 5-6 -- UCLA -- Jackie Robinson Field -- Los Angeles, Calif. -- Multiple-time NCAA Regional host
May 8 -- IPFW -- Parkview Field -- Fort Wayne, Ind. -- Fort Wayne Tin Caps (A), Padres Midwest League Affiliate
May 23-27 -- Big Ten Tourney -- Huntington Park -- Columbus, Ohio -- Columbus Clippers (AAA), Indians International League Affiliate