Boilermakers To Battle Northwestern As Road Stretch Continues

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM David Miller enters the weekend leading the Big Ten in walks and on-base percentage.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
David Miller enters the weekend leading the Big Ten in walks and on-base percentage.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 21, 2011


Game Notes | Game Day Central (with live coverage links)

All-Time Series:
Purdue leads 104-84-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Penn State: Purdue leads 25-22
2010: Northwestern won 2-of-3 in West Lafayette; Purdue won Big Ten Tourney Meeting
Last Series in Evanston: Teams split a rain-shortened two-game series
Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. Northwestern: Purdue won 3-of-4 (2008 in West Lafayette)
Purdue’s Last Series Win in Evanston: Purdue swept a four-game series (2001)
First Meeting: Northwestern 10, Purdue 3 (1900 in Evanston)

Probable Pitching Matchups
Game One: Matt Morgan (Sr, RHP) vs. Michael Jahns (Jr, RHP)
Game Two: Joe Haase (Jr, RHP) vs. Luke Farrell (So, RHP)
Game Three: Brad Schreiber (So, RHP) vs. Dan Tyson (Fr, LHP)

Weekend Weather Forecast for Evanston, Ill.
Friday: 44 degrees, 60 percent chance of rain
Saturday: 56 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
Sunday: 54 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the second of its back-to-back Big Ten weekend series on the road, Purdue baseball returns to the Chicagoland area for a three-game set at Northwestern.

First pitch is set for 4 p.m. (EDT) Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s series finale is slated for 2 p.m. (EDT). The Big Ten Network is scheduled to provide live coverage of Saturday’s game.

Now past the midpoint of its current 10-game road stretch, the Boilermakers (25-12, 5-4 Big Ten) have compiled a 5-1 record during their extended stay away from Lambert Field. The schedule turns home heavy after this weekend. Beginning with next weekend’s series against rival Indiana, Purdue is slated to play 11 of its final 14 games at home, highlighted by three-game sets against Illinois (May 13-15) and Iowa (May 19-20) as well as the Hoosiers.

Cameron Perkins (19), Stephen Talbott (8), Kevin Plawecki (7) and Eric Charles (6) all enter the weekend having hit safely in at least each of the first six games of the current road stretch. With at least one hit in the series opener, Perkins would join Ryne White and Brandon Haveman as Boilers to post a 20-game run since 2005. White’s 26-game streak that spanned the end of the 2007 campaign and beginning of the 2008 season stands as the program record.

David Miller (walks and on-base percentage), Matt Morgan (batting average against), Brad Schreiber (strikeouts), Perkins (total bases), Plawecki (hit by pitch) and Talbott (runs scored) enter the weekend leading the Big Ten in at least one statistical category. Having scoring 32 runs in their last two games, Purdue continues to sport the top-ranked offense in nearly every notable offensive category.

The Boilermakers head to the shores of Lake Michigan in search of their first series win in Evanston since sweeping a four-game set in 2001. Purdue and Northwestern (12-21, 4-5 Big Ten) split their four games a year ago. The Wildcats won two-of-three in West Lafayette, but the Boilers got the last laugh in the Big Ten Tournament, ending Northwestern’s season in the first loser’s bracket game of the event.

Perkins homered twice in the rubber game of the 2010 series at Lambert Field, but the two long balls accounted for two of the three runs the Boilers were limited to in the loss.

The Wildcats’ two-way standout, Paul Snieder, earned a win and a save to help his team win the series, working a combined four innings of one-run ball. This season, Snieder leads the team in batting average (.360), home runs (3), RBIs (27) and walks (20) at the plate while also contributing to five of Northwestern’s 12 wins on the mound. He has recorded a win and four saves in his 14 relief appearances.

The Boilermakers also faced the Wildcats’ probable starting pitchers for games one and two, Michael Jahns and Luke Farrell, in the Big Ten Tournament last year.

Northwestern opened a season-long 10-game homestand Wednesday with a midweek win against Trinity International (Ill.). After losing two-of-three to Ohio State and Penn State in their first two weekends of Big Ten play, the Wildcats revived their conference tournament hopes by rallying to win their series at Minnesota last weekend at Target Field. Northwestern won games two and three to take the series.

Illinois-Chicago is the only common nonconference opponent that both Purdue and NU have played so far. The Wildcats lost to the Flames in Chicago last week and also dropped their home opener to a Valparaiso team that the Boilers take on next week in the finale of their 10-game road stretch.

Purdue has won eight of its last 10 games and compiled a 20-10 record in games played away from Lambert Field this season.