April 22, 2013
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Weather Forecast for West Lafayette, Ind.
Tuesday: 58 degrees, 80 percent chance of rain
Wednesday: 51 degrees, 20 percent chance of rain
All-Time vs. Illinois State: Purdue leads 16-14
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. ISU: Purdue leads 8-7 (Since 1999)
2012: Purdue 3, ISU 2 (April 24 in Normal)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: ISU 5, Purdue 4 (2011)
Purdue's Last Win vs. ISU in West Lafayette: Purdue 5, ISU 4 (2008)
First Meeting: Purdue 25, ISU 0 (1946 in West Lafayette)
All-Time vs. Illinois-Chicago: Purdue leads 11-6
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. UIC: Purdue leads 6-3 (Since 1999)
First Meetings of 2013: UIC 9, Purdue 2 & Purdue 17, UIC 10 (March 8-9 in Chicago)
Last Meeting in West Lafayette: Purdue 11, UIC 4 (2012)
First Meeting: Purdue swept a doubleheader 5-0 & 14-4 (1982 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball resumes midweek plays and closes out a five-game homestand by welcoming regular opponents Illinois State and Illinois-Chicago to Alexander Field for the first time for night games this week.
First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. Tuesday against Illinois State (22-16) and Wednesday against UIC (19-17). The Boilermakers (11-25) are 0-3 in true midweek action this season, with three midweek homes games getting canceled due to inclement weather. The March 19 home opener against UIC was among those canceled home dates. Purdue was idle from midweek action last week.
The road team has won each of the last six meetings in the Purdue-ISU series dating back to 2009. The Redbirds spoiled the 2011 home opener at Lambert Field, the Boilers' last midweek loss until April 2 of this season.
Illinois State recently completed a 12-game homestand with an impressive 10-2 record to surge above .500 for the season. The Redbirds won a Missouri Valley Conference series against league-leading Missouri State and swept weekend sets against Morehead State and common opponent Indiana State. Illinois and MSU were the only teams to defeat ISU during the homestand.
The Boilermakers split an abbreviated two-game series against UIC in snowy Chicago earlier this season. Purdue scored a season-high 17 runs in the game two win to snap a seven-game losing streak at the time. The Boilers are currently in the midst of a nine-game skid, the program's longest since starting the 2008 season 0-9.
The Flames have posted a 15-10 record since their series against Purdue, a stretch that included a midweek win at Indiana State and a home loss to Northwestern. They won two-of-three at Youngstown State last weekend to move into second place in the Horizon League standings.
The Boilermakers have had eight different batting order combinations during their nine-game losing streak, pushing the season total to 30 in 36 games. Only Jake Hansen (ninth 28 times) has batted in the same spot in the lineup in at least half of Purdue's first 36 games.
Despite the team's recent struggles, Conner Hudnall, Sean McHugh and Cody Strong have found a way to maintain a standard of offensive consistency as of late. Hudnall has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games he has started dating back to mid-March. McHugh has reached base safely in 13 straight games, hitting .326 with only two strikeouts during that stretch to take over as the team leader in batting average for the season. Strong has been on base safely in 14 consecutive games, compiling a .556 on-base percentage during the streak thanks to 18 free passes (15 walks, 3 HBP).
Senior reliever Brett Andrzejewski has pitched in nine of the Boilers' last 11 games as well as 12 of the first 15 Big Ten games. With 20 appearances this season, the sidearmer is on pace to crack the Purdue single-season Top 10 list and could make a run at Andy Loomis' record (32) from 2008. The team's Big Ten season record for appearances is 18, also established by Loomis in 2008. However, that was the last season in which Big Ten series were four games long. Andrzejewski would have to pitch in every Big Ten game the rest of the season to match Loomis in conference play, which is unlikely.
Purdue travels to East Lansing this weekend for a three-game series at Michigan State. The Spartans had to move their home game against Ball State Tuesday to the Minor League stadium in Downtown Lansing after their home field on campus was flooded by the cresting of the adjacent Red Cedar River. The Lansing Lugnuts (Blue Jays Class A affiliate) are also on the road this weekend, meaning Cooley Law School Stadium should be available if the flooding does not recede in time for the opener of the Purdue-MSU series.