Baseball Game Notes - At Michigan

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Matt Bischoff continues his quest to become Purdue's all-time strikeout king this Friday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Matt Bischoff continues his quest to become Purdue's all-time strikeout king this Friday.
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April 8, 2010

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Big Ten Network
All three games of the Big Ten Conference series between Michigan and Purdue will be televised live on the Big Ten Network. Game times are 7 p.m. for Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday.

A Quick Look at Purdue
The Boilermakers head into the second weekend Big Ten play with a 14-12 overall record and a 1-2 record in conference play ... The Boilers downed Valparaiso 14-5 on Tuesday to stop a two-game skid ... After opening the season 1-6, Purdue has won 13 of its last 19 games ... The Boilers are hitting .328 as a team, and averaging 7.8 runs, 11.9 hits and 7.1 RBIs per game this season ... On the mound, the Boilermakers have posted a 4.70 team ERA in 230 innings pitched ... Opponents are hitting just .284 against the staff and the Purdue arms are averaging better than a strikeout per inning this season.

Last Week/This Week
The Boilermakers split a two-game midweek series with the Missouri in Columbia ... MU rapped out five homers and five doubles, and took advantage of seven Purdue errors in a 22-14 slugfest in the opener ... Despite the loss, Purdue got a couple of outstanding offensive performances in the contest ... Freshman Stephen Talbott (2 for 5, 2 R) and senior Nick Overmyer (2 for 4, 3 R) both hit two home runs and finished with four RBIs apiece ... Senior Jon Moore also went deep for the first time in 2010 and went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored ... The Boilermakers rallied for the split with a 6-3 win on Wednesday ... Left-hander Blake Mascarello allowed just two runs on six hits over six innings and the Boilers got home runs from freshmen Brad Schreiber and Cameron Perkins ... Perkins finished the contest 3 for 4 with the homer, a double, two RBIs and two runs scored ... Purdue's freshmen in the lineup (Talbott, Kevin Plawecki, Schreiber and Perkins) finished with seven of Purdue's 10 hits, drove in four and scored four of the Boilers' six runs in the game ... The Boilers hosted Minnesota to open league play over the weekend and dropped two of three ... Matt Bischoff scattered six hits, allowed just two runs and struck out 10 with no walks over nine innings in a no-decision start on Friday ... The Boilers rallied for a single runs in the ninth and tenth to steal the victory in the conference opener ... Minnesota scored 10 runs in the second inning and cruised to a 14-5 win in the second game of the series to even things up ... The Gophers stole the series victory in the finale by plating seven runs in the eighth and ninth innings on Sunday ... Purdue rebounded with a 14-5 win over visiting Valparaiso on Tuesday ... The Boilers got back-to-back home runs from David Blount and Jon Moore and pinch hitter Dominick D'Agata came off the bench to hit a grand slam in a 13-hit contest.

Next Up
The Boilermakers will head out to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a three-game series with the Wolverines ... Purdue and Michigan will meet in the regular season for league games for the first time since 2007 ... The Boilers and Wolverines met in a single nonconference game last year in Florida, and Michigan ended Purdue's 2008 season with a pair of wins in the Big Ten Tournament held in Ann Arbor.

Purdue vs. The Opposition
The Boilermakers and Wolverines have met 184 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1893 ... Michigan leads the all-time series 132-52 and has won the last six straight.

A Look at the Opposition
Michigan welcomes the Boilers with a 16-10 overall record and a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten ... The Wolverines defeated Central Michigan 13-7 on Wednesday after opening league play by winning two of three from Indiana in Bloomington ... As a team the Wolverines are hitting .329 and averaging 8.5 runs, 12.1 hits and 7.7 RBIs per game this season ... Senior catcher Chris Berset leads the way individually with a .394 batting average, 10 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 22 RBIs and 27 runs scored ... Sophomore Coley Cranks is the Wolverine's top power guy with six homers and 32 RBIs ... On the mound, Michigan has posted a 5.79 team ERA in 227 innings pitched ... Michigan has a 2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio with 206 punchouts against 105 walks ... The scheduled starting rotation is RHP Alan Oakes (3-3, 3.29 ERA) on Friday and LHP Bobby Brosnahan (3-2, 4.36 ERA) on Saturday ... Sunday's starter is listed as TBA.

A Team Effort
The Boilermaker offense has truly been a team affair this season. Purdue has 10 players with 13 or more runs scored, eight different players with 10 or more RBIs and 14 players have teamed up to hit at least one of Purdue's 29 home runs this season.

Doing the Streak
Freshman Kevin Plawecki has the longest active hitting streak at eight straight contests, while classmate Brad Schreiber and senior Nick Overmyer are nipping at his heels with twin seven-game streaks. Plawecki is batting .424 (14 for 33) with three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored during his streak which dates back to March 26. Schreiber is 8 for 21 (.381) with two doubles, a triple, a homer, three RBIs and three runs scored during his seven-game streak and Overmyer is batting .481 (13 for 27) with two doubles, three home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored during his streak.

Fab Frosh
Purdue's freshmen class has gotten off to a nice collegiate start. Infielder Cameron Perkins, catcher Kevin Plawecki, DH Brad Schreiber, first baseman Angelo Cianfrocco and outfielder Stephen Talbott have combined for 104 hits (34 percent of the team total), 28 doubles (47%), three triples (27%), 13 home runs (45%) and 70 RBIs (38%). The quintet is hitting .339 as a class.

Grand Theft
Senior Jon Moore is looking to make his way into the all-time top 10 in Purdue history for stolen bases. The fifth-year outfielder has a team-high 14 steals in 16 attempts this season and he is 36 for 44 in his career. His four-year total mark is currently the 13th best effort by an individual at Purdue and he is just five stolen bases shy of moving into a tie with David Blomberg (1998-2001) for 10th on the list. Dave Scheitlin in the Boilermakers' all-time best thief, stealing 70 bases from 1988-91 ... Teammate Tyler Spillner is vying with Moore for the most steals this season. Spillner is one swipe behind Moore, with 13 successful steals in 17 attempts.

Come On Over
Since moving into the starting lineup on March 17, infielder Nick Overmyer has gone on a tear. The senior is hitting .393 (22 for 56) with four doubles, four homers, 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored in the 15 games since his return to the regular lineup.

Making History
Senior right-hander Matt Bischoff, the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week, is just 26 strikeouts shy of tying Chris Bloomer (1994-97) for the most Ks in school history. Bischoff's 231 career punchouts is already second as he moved past Jason Smith (222 Ks 1990-93) with a 10-strikeout performance against Minnesota last Friday ... Bischoff tallied his third career Big Ten POW honors after limiting the Gophers to two runs on six hits in nine innings of work. He did not issue a walk during a start for the second time in five starts this season and the 12th time in 39 career starts.

The Decider
Dating back to last season junior Matt Morgan has been the determining factor in five league series for the Boilermakers. The right-hander went 5-0 in the rubber game of tied conference series and he was on pace to continue that streak with a solid 7 1/3-inning outing against Minnesota last weekend. He was in line for the win against the Gophers, allowing just two runs on six hits with seven Ks and one walk, but the Boiler bullpen gave up seven runs over the final 1 2/3 innings in a 9-7 Purdue loss.
Morgan in Big Ten Rubber Games (2009 and 2010) Six Starts
5-0, 3.32 ERA, 6 GS, 1 CG, 43 1/3 IP, 44 H, 22 R, 16 ER, 8 BB, 33 K