Boilers Open Another Five-Game Week with Two Midweek Dates

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Cody Strong has played a team-high five different positions this season.
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Cody Strong has played a team-high five different positions this season.
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April 8, 2013


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Probable Starting Pitchers
Tuesday at Indiana State: Joe Eichmann (So, RHP) vs. ISU's Tyler Fehringer (Sr, RHP)
Wednesday vs. Ball State: Gavin Downs (RS-Fr, RHP) vs. BSU's Clay Manering (Jr, LHP)

Weather Forecast
Tuesday in Terre Haute: 75 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
Wednesday in West Lafayette: 73 degrees, 80 percent chance of rain

Series History
All-Time Series vs. Indiana State: ISU leads 34-28-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Indiana State: Tied 6-6 (Since 1999)
First Meeting of 2013: ISU 4, Purdue 3 (April 3 in West Lafayette)
Last Meeting in Terre Haute: Purdue 8, ISU 5 (2006)
Last Purdue Win: Purdue 2, ISU 1 - 10 Innings (2012 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 7, ISU 0 (1902 in West Lafayette)
All-Time Series vs. Ball State: Purdue leads 47-34-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Ball State: Purdue leads 10-7 (Since 1999)
Last Meeting: Purdue 15, BSU 2 (2012 in Muncie)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 14, BSU 9 (2011)
First Meeting: Purdue 9, BSU 7 (1930 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball has another five-game week on tap, beginning with back-to-back midweek games against instate rivals on the schedule twice this season, Indiana State and Ball State.

The Boilermakers (11-18) visit Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute for the first time since 2006 Tuesday for a 6 p.m. first pitch. Ball State (14-14) makes its first appearance at Alexander Field Wednesday for another 6 p.m. first pitch.

Indiana State (13-13) scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning this past Wednesday (April 3) to steal a 4-3 victory at Alexander Field. It was the first of two ninth-inning losses for the Boilers at home last week. The Sycamores lost two-of-three at their Missouri Valley Conference rival Wichita State over the weekend.

Former Michigan head coach Rich Maloney has returned to Ball State. A 256-144-1 record as the head coach of the Cardinals from 1996-2002 earned Maloney an opportunity to take over the Michigan program. He won over 60 percent of his games during 10 seasons at Michigan, but failing to make the Big Ten Tournament in 2011 and 2012 led to a coaching change in Ann Arbor.

The Last Meeting
Indiana State4
Purdue3
April 3, 2013
West Lafayette, Ind.
Indiana State Scores Twice in the Ninth to Rally Past Purdue
Indiana State scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning thanks to consecutive singles to left field, rallying past Purdue baseball, 4-3, Wednesday evening at Alexander Field.

The Last Meeting
Purdue15
Ball State2
April 11, 2012
Muncie, Ind.
Twelve-Run Rally Propels Purdue to Blow Out Win at Ball State
No. 18 Purdue baseball scored a season-high 12 times on 11 hits while sending 17 men to the plate in the sixth inning, blowing open a one-run game entering the frame and defeating Ball State, 15-2, Wednesday afternoon.

Purdue was 7-6-1 against Maloney's Ball State teams from 1996-02, including 3-2 under head coach Doug Schreiber. The Boilermakers went 16-17 versus Maloney's Michigan teams from 2003-12, including a pair of losses in the finals rounds of the 2008 Big Ten Tournament (in Ann Arbor) after the two teams finished one-two in the standings but did not play during the regular season.

With a midweek home game on the schedule for Tuesday against Bowling Green, a Mid-American Conference rival who they will not play for a weekend series this year, the Cardinals have already matched their win total (14) from 2012. Ball State only won 15 games two seasons ago.

Purdue's Joe Eichmann is scheduled to make his first collegiate start Tuesday at Indiana State. He earned the chance to start with his 7 2/3 innings of one-run relief in the April 2 loss to Butler. The sophomore issued only one base on balls after the two pitchers before him had walked four of the 11 combined batters they had faced. Eichmann's outing was the longest by a Boilermaker relief pitcher since at the least the beginning of the 2008 campaign.

Indiana State is scheduled to start Tyler Fehringer again after the right-hander worked 3 2/3 innings of two-run ball at Alexander Field last week. Cody Strong had a pair of hits against Fehringer, including an RBI double.

Strong started all three games of the Northwestern series at second base as the Boilers used their 23rd different batting order. But for only the second time this year, Schreiber employed the same lineup in three straight games. Strong played much of Sunday's rubber game at third base, his team-high fifth position of the year. The freshman has also seen action as a corner outfielder and behind the plate. Strong was 5-for-11 with two doubles, four RBI and six walks in the four games in which he played last week.

Schreiber said after the game Sunday that Kyle Wood is healthy enough to return to the mound. The lefty has not pitched since suffering a forearm strain and leaving the game in the second inning of Purdue's Feb. 24 game against Samford in Starkville, Miss. The Boilermakers went on to use eight pitchers in that game, the same number that took the mound Sunday in the rubber game loss to Northwestern.

Schreiber said that Wood would return to the pitching staff as a reliever and hoped the redshirt-freshman's competitive spirit would bolster the bullpen. Wood has been used strictly as a designated hitter since returning to the batting order March 8 at Illinois-Chicago.

The Sycamores' Bob Warn Field features a unique field turf and natural grass hybrid surface. The infield is field turf, the outfield natural grass. A new outfield wall was installed during the offseason and the fences were moved in about eight feet all the way around the park.

This weekend, Purdue travels to Champaign-Urbana for the first since 2010 for a Big Ten road series at Illinois. Illinois Field features an all field turf artificial surface.