April 29, 2010
A Quick Look at Purdue
The Boilermakers head into the fifth weekend of Big Ten play with a 24-16 overall record and a 6-6 mark in conference play ... After opening the season 1-6, Purdue has gone on to a 23-10 record in its last 33 contests ... The Boilers are hitting .316 as a team, and averaging 7.4 runs, 11.3 hits and 6.7 RBIs per game this season ... On the mound, the Boilermakers have posted a 4.45 team ERA in 354 innings pitched ... Opponents are hitting just .271 against the staff and the Purdue arms have a better than 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (319-141).
The Boilermakers went 3-2 last week, winning a pair of nonconference games and taking one of three from Northwestern in Big Ten action ... Purdue won back-to-back games at Chicago State and vs. Wabash on Tuesday and Wednesday to push a 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 ... Matt Bischoff became Purdue's all-time strikeout leader and Jon Moore pulled off a straight steal of home in a 2-1 win over Northwestern in the opening game of the Big Ten three-game series ... The Wildcats won games 2 and 3 to take the series victory ... Freshman Cameron Perkins hit two homers in Sunday's 6-3 loss.
The Boilers played just one midweek game and defeated IPFW in Fort Wayne, 3-2 ... Robert Ramer
tossed five shutout innings to pick up his second career victory. The redshirt freshman allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out two. In two starts this year, Ramer has tossed nine shutout innings and allowed just three hits ... Tyler Spillner
collected his seventh triple of the year to break the Purdue season record against the Mastodons.
The Boilermakers will head to Bloomington for a trio of Big Ten games against Indiana. The league series is pivotal for both clubs as they each stand at 6-6 for the year, just one game out of first place in the conference standings .. The weekend will also help one of the two schools make some headway in the Crimson and Gold Cup standings. Currently Purdue and Indiana ate tied for the annual season series with 7.5 points each with five points still in play.
Purdue vs. The Opposition
The Boilermakers and Hoosiers have met 263 times on the baseball diamond in a series that dates back to 1888 ... Indiana leads the all-time series 139-122-2 ... The Boilers and Hoosiers split four games last season, with Purdue winning the three-game league series two games to one in West Lafayette and IU knocking off Purdue in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament.
A Base Hit - Cubed
Sophomore Tyler Spillner snapped a five-way tie for the Purdue season record for triples with his seventh three-bagger of the year at IPFW on April 28. Spillner, who was tied with Shannon Stigleman (1995), Jermaine Allensworth (1992), Jeff Allison (1987) and Rico Rossy (1984), has now hit eight triples in his two-year career at Purdue to place him in a tie for 12th all-time in school history with the all-time mark standing at 13 ... Heading into the week of play, seven triples was tied for sixth nationally amongst all Division I players this season.
Now For The Extension
Right-hander Matt Bischoff became Purdue's all-time strikeout king with his eighth of 10 punchouts against Northwestern on April 24. The senior ace has 260 career strikeouts in his four-year Purdue career, three better than previous record holder Chris Bloomer, and will have at least four more scheduled starts this year to put his record even further out of reach ... On the season watch list, Bischoff's 64 Ks this year leaves him just 23 shy of the high water mark of 87 at Purdue that is shared by Sherard Clinkscales (1992) and Andy Swain (1989). That mark should fall to Bischoff as well, as he is averaging an even eight strikeouts per game this year and has posted double-digit Ks in four of his eight starts thus far. His career season best is 80 strikeouts, established in 2009.
Around the Big Ten
Purdue enters the second half of the conference season among the league leaders in both offensive and pitching categories. The Boilers are fourth in the league in average (.316), second in slugging (.486), third in runs scored (296), second in hits (451), tied for third in RBIs (267), tied for fourth in doubles (86), third in triples (16), second in home runs and third in stolen bases (67). On the mound, Purdue is second in team ERA (4.47), first in opponent batting average (.271), second in innings pitched (354), the top strikeout club (319), third in wins (24) and the Big Ten leader in saves (11). Individually, Kevin Plawecki is tied for eighth in RBIs (36), Tyler Spillners leads the Big Ten in triples, Cameron Perkins is tied for fifth in home runs and Jon Moore's 16 stolen bases places him eighth among conference players. Senior Matt Bischoff is third amongst league pitchers in ERA (2.37) and wins (6) and his 64 strikeouts are second only to Ohio State's Alex Wimmers' 78.
A Team Effort
The Boilermaker offense has truly been a team affair this season. Purdue has eight players with 20 or more runs scored, 11 different players with 10 or more RBIs - including six with 20 or more - and 15 players have teamed up to hit at least one of Purdue's 39 home runs this season.
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 148 hits (33 percent of the team total), 33 doubles (38%), three triples (18%), 18 home runs (43%) and 93 RBIs (35%). The quintet is hitting .325 as a class ... Individually, Plawecki leads the Boilermakers in batting average (.348), slugging percentage (.578), and RBIs (36), while Perkins has a team-high seven home runs and 13 doubles. Perkins' 13 doubles are tied with Rico Rossy for the second most by a freshman in Purdue history. Jermaine Allensworth hit 14 two-baggers as a frosh in 1991.
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 16 steals in 20 attempts this season, including a straight steal of home against Northwestern on April 24, and he is 38 for 48 in his career. His four-year total mark is currently the 13th best effort by an individual at Purdue and he is just three stolen bases shy of moving into a tie with David Blomberg (1998-2001) for 10th on the list.