April 7, 2014
Probable Starting Pitchers
Gavin Downs (So, RHP) vs. Louisville's Josh Rogers (Fr, LHP)
All-Time: Louisville leads 7-6
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Louisville: Louisville leads 4-2 (Since 1999)
2013: Louisville won both meetings, 9-4 in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Feb. 17) & 3-1 in Louisville (March 13)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 2, Louisville 1 -- 10 innings (March 2012)
First Meetings: Doubleheader Split -- L, 6-5 & W, 27-4 (1986 in Louisville)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball continues its home-heavy stretch with a Tuesday midweek game against No. 10 Louisville, hosting a team that played in the College World Series the year before for the first time since 1984.
First pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Alexander Field. General admission tickets are specially priced at only $2 for the $2 Tuesdays promotion. The Purdue Goldusters Dance Team will perform on the dugouts during three of the inning breaks.
The Boilermakers (6-21) defeated Louisville (23-8) in midweek action in consecutive years (2011 and 2012) recently, highlighted by a walk-off win in 10 innings in the final home opener in the history of Lambert Field. That game marked the last time Purdue hosted a nationally-ranked opponent.
Among the Boilers' tough 2014 schedule, LSU, Louisville and Indiana all reached the College World Series last year. Michigan advanced to the College World Series four times in five years from 1980-84, only failing to qualify in 1982. Purdue hosted Michigan for Big Ten series in 1982 and 1984 during that stretch.
Louisville has posted 20 of its 23 wins at home while playing at Cardinal Park during each of the last seven weekends. The Cardinals swept common-opponent Samford in a three-game series the weekend of March 14-15 and also have a win against Butler. Indiana has won both meetings with Louisville this season.
The Cardinals are playing their first and only season in the American Athletic Conference before joining the Atlantic Coast Conference next year. They opened league play by winning two-of-three against Purdue's future Big Ten rival Rutgers.
Louisville won both meetings with the Boilers last year. The neutral-site meeting at the season-opening Big East/Big Ten Challenge was highlighted by Kyle Wood's strong outing on the mound (7 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K) and a four-run rally for the Boilers in the bottom of the third inning that tied the game. Mike Lutz started the rematch about a month later in Louisville during Purdue's spring break trip, giving his team a chance to win with four innings of two-run ball. But the Boilers only managed four hits on a cold day in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Gavin Downs will get a chance to bounce back from his poorest outing of the season Saturday in game two of the Penn State doubleheader. The right-hander will start Tuesday after throwing 54 pitches Saturday. He's still expected to pitch this weekend at Michigan State as well.
Tuesday marks game No. 4 of Purdue's home-heavy stretch in which it is scheduled to play 12 of its 16 games at Alexander Field over a 24-day stretch. The Boilermakers will be in search of their first victory against a nationally-ranked team since May 2012 at UCLA.