Purdue Hosts Michigan for First of Consecutive Home Weekends

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Brandon Krieg is batting a team-best .329 over the last month.
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Brandon Krieg is batting a team-best .329 over the last month.
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April 17, 2014


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Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday: Jordan Minch (So, LHP) vs. Michigan's Evan Hill (So, LHP)
Saturday: Gavin Downs (So, RHP) vs. Michigan's Trent Szkutnik (Jr, LHP)
Sunday: Brett Haan (Jr, RHP) vs. Michigan's Logan McAnallen (Sr, LHP)

Series History
All-Time Series: Michigan leads 138-58
All-Time Series in West Lafayette: Michigan leads 64-31
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. U-M: Michigan leads 23-18 (Since 1999)
2013 Season: Michigan won 2-of-3 in Ann Arbor (May 10-12)
Last Series in West Lafayette: Purdue won 2-of-3 (May 2012)
First Meeting: Michigan 18, Purdue 0 (April 1893 in Ann Arbor)

Weekend Promotions Schedule
Friday: Family 4 Packs (4 GA tickets & $20 food voucher for $24)
Saturday: Baseball 101 event with the Purdue coaching staff for women who pre-register by emailing sportspromo@purdue.edu
Sunday: First 1,000 fans receive Purdue baseball card set No. 2; Kids Zone inflatables; Postgame Easter Egg hunt

Weekend Weather Forecast for West Lafayette, Ind.
Friday: 65 degrees, clear skies
Saturday: 69 degrees, clear skies
Sunday: 74 degrees, clear skies

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- For the first of its back-to-back home weekends, Purdue baseball welcomes Michigan to campus for the third time in the last four years for another key Big Ten series for both teams.

First pitch at Alexander Field is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Friday sets up as the Boilers' first home night game of 2014. Purdue hosts Ohio State next weekend for the backend of its first set of consecutive home weekends since the end of the 2011 regular season.

The Boilermakers (8-24, 3-6 Big Ten) clinched the 2012 Big Ten title with a series win against Michigan (16-20-1, 6-6 Big Ten) in May of the final season at Lambert Field. However, each of the last three years, the home team had a chance to sweep the Purdue-Michigan series but failed to take the finale of the weekend. Last season in Ann Arbor, Purdue scored four times with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday to steal the final game of the series, 12-9. The back-and-forth series a year ago featured three games in which the victorious team surged ahead in the eighth inning or later. Three or more runs were scored in an inning nine times over the course of the weekend, including five five-run frames.

The Wolverines once again feature a unique weekend rotation comprised of three lefties. Purdue also faced Evan Hill, Trent Szkutnik and Logan McAnallen as starters last year in Ann Arbor. The Boilermakers scored at least five runs while each southpaw was on the mound. Kyle Johnson enjoyed a big weekend at Ray Fisher Stadium, finishing the series 5-for-9 with two doubles, five walks and seven runs scored. In the series finale, Sean McHugh connected for the last grand slam hit by a Boiler. Conner Hudnall delivered the go-ahead three-run double in the ninth inning Sunday.

Hill (7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and McAnallen (5 IP, 7 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 2 K) both pitched well last weekend in Champaign-Urbana as Michigan came back to win the series after losing the opener, 1-0. Entering the weekend, the Wolverines are also the only Big Ten team to take a game from league-leader Indiana.

Purdue improved to 3-3 at Alexander Field this season with Tuesday's walk-off win against Butler. But the Boilers are still in search of their first Big Ten series victory in the history of the new ballpark. The road team has not won the Purdue-Michigan series since the Wolverines took three-of-four in West Lafayette in 2006.

Highlighted by the walk-off single, Brandon Krieg went 4-for-4 in the 10-inning win against Butler. He became the first Boiler to reach base safely six times in a game since Eric Charles in March 2012 at Murray State. The junior is batting a team-best .329 over the last month, raising his batting average for the season by .171 points.

The Last Meeting
Purdue12
Michigan9
May 12, 2013
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Purdue Scores Four with Two Outs in the Ninth to Stun Michigan
In what was a fitting end to a wild weekend series, Purdue baseball scored four times with two outs in the ninth inning thanks to big hits from Jack Picchiotti and Conner Hudnall, stunning Michigan, 12-9, Sunday afternoon.

Seven of Purdue's last eight games have either been decided by one run or in extra innings. The Boilermakers are now 5-11 in games decided by two runs or fewer (4-8 in one-run games), including a 2-3 mark in extra-inning contests. Michigan has also played numerous close games, sporting a 10-13 record in games decided by two runs or fewer (5-10 in one-run games) and a 1-5 mark in extra-inning affairs.

For the third time in four weekends, Purdue will face an opponent that ranks among the top three in the Big Ten in stolen bases attempted. Michigan is third in the league at 53-of-70 for the season. McHugh continues to lead the league with 18 base stealers thrown out. Illinois tested McHugh four times and had three runners thrown out. Michigan State opted to curtail its base-stealing ways last weekend, attempting just one steal (unsuccessfully).

Travis Maezes (15-of-19), Jackson Glines (9-of-9) and Jacob Cronenworth (8-of-11) are the most active base stealers for the Wolverines. Maezes had five RBI in the series against Purdue last season. Glines is a junior college transfer from California who leads the way with a .346 batting average, 16 extra-base hits and a .460 on-base percentage thanks to 29 free passes (16 walks, 13 HBP). Cronenworth is also the closer, recording two wins and seven saves in 11 relief appearances. He has moved to left field this year after being an All-Big Ten Freshman Team honoree at third base in 2013.

While Michigan closes out its back-to-back road series in the conference schedule this weekend, Purdue's same stretch still lies ahead. The Boilermakers play at Indiana and Minnesota the first two weekends of May. It will mark the first time Purdue has played both opponents in the regular season since 2011.

Big Ten Opponents to Visit West Lafayette Three Times in Four Years
Most Recent Occurrences
Illinois - 2009, 2011, 2012
Indiana - 1992, 1993, 1995
Iowa - 2011, 2013, 2014
Michigan - 2011, 2012, 2014
Michigan State - 1970, 1971, 1973
Minnesota - 1999, 2001, 2002
Northwestern - 2005, 2006, 2008
Ohio State - 1987, 1989, 1990
Penn State - 2003, 2005, 2006