April 22, 2010
A Quick Look at Purdue
The Boilermakers head into the fourth weekend of Big Ten play with a 22-14 overall record and a 5-4 mark in conference play ... After opening the season 1-6, Purdue has gone on to a 21-8 record in its last 29 contests, including an active seven-game winning streak ... The Boilers are hitting .326 as a team, and averaging 7.9 runs, 11.8 hits and 7.1 RBIs per game this season ... On the mound, the Boilermakers have posted a 4.61 team ERA in 318 innings pitched ... Opponents are hitting just .273 against the staff and the Purdue arms have a better than 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (286-126).
Doing The Streak
The Purdue baseball team's active seven-game winning streak is tied for the longest since the Boilers ripped off 13 consecutive wins during the 2001 season ... Purdue also won seven straight games in the 2008 season during which it rallied from a 2-11 start to finish 32-26 overall and second in the Big Ten with a 21-10 league record ... During the current seven-game streak, the Boilers are hitting .339 as a team with 18 doubles, three triples, eight home runs and are averaging nine runs and 12.1 hits per game. On the mound, the Purdue pitching staff has posted a 3.29 team ERA in 63 innings, five different opponents have teamed up to hits just .222 against them and the Boiler hurlers have struck out 62 hitters against just 19 walks.
Going For History
Senior right-hander Matt Bischoff is just seven strikeouts shy of tying Chris Bloomer (1994-97) for the most Ks in school history. Bischoff's 250 career punchouts is already second, as he moved past Jason Smith (222 Ks 1990-93) with a 10-strikeout performance against Minnesota on April 2 ... Bischoff has struck out seven or more hitters 13 times in his four-year career and eight or more 10 times, including four times this season.
Purdue started its seven game winning streak with a pair of midweek nonconference wins over Ball State and Illinois State ... Against the Cardinals, Barret Arthur and Kevin Plawecki each finished the contest 3 for 5, with Arthur scoring three runs and Plawecki driving in two and scoring once ... Purdue took advantage of a pair of BSU errors in the fourth inning to score seven runs and break the game open ... The Boilers followed up the win over the Cardinals with an 11-3 road victory at Illinois State on Wednesday ... Wurdack struck out seven over four innings of work to pick up his third win of the season ... The Boiler bullpen allowed just one run on two hits over five innings in relief of Wurdack ... Madia and Plawecki hit back-to-back homers in the second inning and Purdue finished the contest with five doubles among its 13 hits ... Over the weekend, the Boilers pulled off a three-game sweep of Penn State in Big Ten action. The sweep was the first over a conference opponent for the Boilermakers since taking a four-game set against Minnesota in 2008 ... Purdue hit .365 as a team against the Nittany Lions and collected four doubles, two triples and five home runs in the series sweep ... On the mound, Purdue posted a 3.67 ERA in 27 innings of work ... Boiler pitchers struck out 35 and walked only 10 over the course of the three games.
Purdue won back-to-back games at Chicago State and vs. Wabash on Tuesday and Wednesday this week to push the winning streak to seven straight ... The Boilers rapped out 16 hits against the Cougars in an 11-3 win ... Payton Bieker led the charge by finishing 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored ... Angelo Cianfrocco chipped in with three hits, including two doubles, an RBI and three runs scored ... Left-hander Pat Gannon scattered three hits over four innings to pick up the victory on the mound. He allowed two runs and finished two strikeouts ... The Purdue pitching staff helped overcome a lean day at the plate by the Boilermaker offense in a 3-1 win over visiting Wabash at Lambert Field on Wednesday ... Managing just five hits and single runs in the second, fifth and eighth innings, Purdue relied on the arms of five different pitchers to keep the Little Giants' bats at bay and stave off the upset ... Starter Robert Ramer (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory with four shutout innings. The redshirt freshman right-hander allowed just one hit, a first-inning single, and did not issue a walk in a limited start to earn the win ... Kevin Cahill notched his third save of the year.
The Boilermakers will host Northwestern for a trio of Big Ten games at Lambert Field this weekend before heading out for a nonconference game at IPFW on Tuesday and hosting a to be determined opponent on Wednesday.
Purdue vs. The Opposition
The Boilermakers and Wildcats have met 188 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1900 ... Purdue leads the all-time series 102-82-4 and has won four of the last six games ... The Boilers and Wildcats split a snow-shortened series in Evanston, Ill., last season, with Purdue winning the Friday opener 4-3 and NU winning 13-4 on Saturday.
A Look at the Opposition
The Wildcats head to West Lafayette with a 13-22 overall record but a 5-4 mark in league games ... The Wildcats knocked off Illinois State 3-1 on Wednesday and have won six of their last eight games, including 2-1 series victories over Penn State and Minnesota ... As a team Northwestern is hitting .303 and averaging 5.1 runs, 10.7 hits and 4.7 RBIs per game this season ... Sophomore first baseman Paul Snieder leads the way individually with a .393 batting average, nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored ... On the mound, NU has posted a 5.80 team ERA in 304 innings pitched ... The scheduled starting rotation is LHP David Jensen (1-2, 6.47 ERA) on Friday and LHP Eric Jokisch (3-4, 5.36 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 eight players with 20 or more runs scored, 10 different players with 10 or more RBIs - including five with 20 or more - and 15 players have teamed up to hit at least one of Purdue's 39 home runs this season.
The Boilermakers have hit back-to-back jacks three times this season. Cameron Perkins and Drew Madia did it at Eastern Kentucky on March 17, David Blount and Jon pulled it off against Valpo on April 6 and Madia and Kevin Plawecki hit consecutive home runs at Illinois State on April 14.
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 142 hits (34 percent of the team total), 32 doubles (40%), three triples (21%), 16 home runs (41%) and 90 RBIs (35%). The quintet is hitting .338 as a class ... Individually, Plawecki leads the Boilermakers in batting average (.371), slugging percentage (.605), home runs (6) and RBIs (35) despite missing nearly three games after getting hit in the head by a pitch against Penn State on April 18.
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 15 steals in 19 attempts this season and he is 37 for 47 in his career. His four-year mark is currently the 13th best effort by an individual at Purdue and is just four stolen bases shy of moving into a tie with David Blomberg (1998-2001) for 10th on the list.