Purdue (15-15, 4-4 B1G) vs. Indiana State (17-13, 3-6 MVC)
Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. ET / ESPN+
Bob Warn Field / Terre Haute, Indiana
Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time: Indiana State leads 40-30-2
All-Time in Terre Haute: ISU leads 21-14-1 / All-Time in West Lafayette: ISU leads 20-15-1
2017 in Terre Haute: Purdue 10, ISU 7 (4/19) / 2017 in West Lafayette: ISU 5, Purdue 2 (4/4)
Purdue's Last Win vs. ISU in West Lafayette: Purdue 2, ISU 1 -- 10 Innings (May 2012)
First Meeting: Purdue 7, ISU 0 (April 1902 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue baseball continues midweek play with a home-and-home set against the fifth in-state rival on the schedule this season, taking on Indiana State on Tuesday in Terre Haute and Wednesday at Alexander Field.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET both nights. The $2 midweek specials at Alexander Field include general admission tickets, domestic draft beers, hot dogs and nachos.
The Boilermakers are 1-1 in midweek play and 3-4 against in-state rivals this season.
Due in part to the unfavorable weather over the last month, apart from traditional weekend series, Purdue has not played on consecutive days since games at Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State (March 13-14) on the spring break trip. Consecutive games at Missouri in March 2010 marked the last time the Boilermakers played back-to-back midweek games against the same opponent.
Purdue has won two of the last three meetings with the Sycamores in Terre Haute, but is 0-4 against ISU at Alexander Field since the ballpark opened in 2013. Only Nebraska (6), Minnesota (5) and Ohio State (5) have longer active win streaks against the Boilermakers at Alexander.
Indiana State was also the opponent for the final game in the history of Lambert Field in May 2012. The Sycamores were one out away from spoiling the finale of the 48-year home of the Boilermakers, but Sean McHugh saved the day with a pinch-hit home run to send the game to extras. Purdue went on to win on a 10th-inning walk-off. It remains the last pinch-hit homer hit by a Boilermaker.
When Purdue visited Terre Haute in mid-April of last season, the team had dropped five of six. During that stretch the Boilermakers failed to secure a series win at Rutgers after winning the opener and had blown a ninth-inning lead the night before in an extra-innings loss to Ball State. A year later, Purdue has lost five straight, a skid that began when it failed to secure a series win after taking the opener at Indiana two weekends ago. The 2017 comeback win at ISU's Bob Warn Field helped the Boilermakers right the ship. It ignited the team's second seven-game win streak of the season. The 2018 campaign has featured the most variety of highs and lows of any season this decade. With crucial Big Ten series against Maryland and Rutgers set for the next two weekends, Purdue will again look to get back to the winning ways that saw the program start 8-1 and post six straight victories as recently as two weeks ago.
TEAM STAT BREAKDOWNS OVER THE FIRST 30 GAMES
First 10 Games (8-2): .313/.413/.478, 69 runs, 2.82 ERA, 61 K vs. 35 walks, .961 fielding pct.
Middle 10 Games (2-8): .248/.329/.309, 36 runs, 5.20 ERA, 68 K vs. 46 walks, .973 fielding pct.
Last 10 Games (5-5): .243/.334/.337, 47 runs, 6.14 ERA, 75 K vs. 52 walks, .970 fielding pct.
Slash line is batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage
MULTI-HOME RUN GAMES THIS DECADE
Ben Nisle homered twice in the April 13 series opener with Minnesota, posting the first multi-homer game by a Boilermaker in over two years. It was only the third multi-homer game by a Purdue player at Alexander Field. He joined Alec Olund as the team's only freshmen to post multi-homer games in the BBCOR bat era (2011-present) and became the first freshman since 2010 to go deep twice in a Big Ten game.
*Ben Nisle -- 4/13/18 vs. Minnesota
Kyle Wood -- 3/5/16 at East Tennessee State (Game 2)
Kyle Johnson -- 3/5/16 at East Tennessee State (Game 1)
*Alec Olund -- 4/1/15 vs. IPFW
Sean McHugh -- 5/17/13 vs. Iowa
Cameron Perkins -- 5/17/12 at Iowa
Cameron Perkins -- 4/20/12 at Nebraska
Cameron Perkins -- 5/1/11 vs. Indiana
Eric Charles -- 3/13/11 at Tennessee-Martin
Angelo Cianfrocco -- 2/26/11 at Morehead State
*Cameron Perkins -- 4/25/10 vs. Northwestern
Drew Madia -- 4/16/10 vs. Penn State
*Kevin Plawecki -- 4/4/10 vs. Minnesota
*Stephen Talbott -- 3/30/10 at Missouri
Nick Overmyer -- 3/30/10 at Missouri
* = Freshman
TEAM ERA ON THE RISE DURING CURRENT SKID
Purdue has been outscored 63-21 during its current five-game losing streak, surrendering at least 14 runs in three of the five defeats. The 40 runs Minnesota scored at Alexander Field this past weekend were the most the Boilermakers had conceded in consecutive games since giving up 41 to Ball State (lost 23-7) and Indiana (lost 18-4) in April 1999.
Purdue entered the Indiana series (April 6-8) ranked second in the Big Ten with a 3.50 team ERA. It dropped to 3.44 after the Boilermakers won the series opener in Bloomington 4-2. But with 56 of the 63 runs allowed during the five-game skid being earned, the team ERA has jumped rapidly to 4.73. Entering the week, Purdue is now ninth in the Big Ten.
The team's batting average against has jumped from .244 the morning of April 7 to .266 going into Tuesday's game in Terre Haute. Even more surprisingly, the Boilermakers have surrendered 11 home runs during the losing streak, which coincidentally equals the combined number of doubles and triples they've conceded, after giving up only 11 homers over the first 25 games.
Minnesota had a ridiculous .429 batting average on balls in play in the two games this past weekend at Alexander Field. The mean for BABIP is traditionally .300.