May 7, 2012
Midweek Stat Pack | Listen | Game Day Central (with live coverage links)
Tuesday for Fort Wayne: 68 degrees, clear skies
Wednesday for West Lafayette: 65 degrees, clear skies
Versus IPFW: Purdue leads 20-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. IPFW: Purdue leads 8-2 (Since 1999)
First Meeting of 2012: Purdue 6, IPFW 1 (March 28 in West Lafayette)
2011 in Fort Wayne: Purdue 8, IPFW 3 (April 12)
Versus UIC: Purdue leads 9-5
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. UIC: Purdue leads 4-2 (Since 1999)
First Meeting of 2012: Purdue 12, UIC 2 (April 17 in Chicago)
2011 in West Lafayette: Purdue 12, UIC 1 (May 17)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- After playing three times in 28 hours on the West Coast this past weekend, it's a quick turnaround for No. 14 Purdue baseball, which resumes midweek play with games against IPFW Tuesday in Downtown Fort Wayne and Illinois-Chicago Wednesday at Lambert Field.
For the second year in a row, Purdue and IPFW will square off at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, the downtown home of the San Diego Padres Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League, the Fort Wayne TinCaps. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.
Wednesday's game against UIC will be at 4 p.m. as the opener of the final homestand in the history of Lambert Field, the home of the Boilermakers since 1965. With two victories in midweek action this week, Purdue (35-9) could tie the program record for wins (37) for the second year in a row.
Purdue has already defeated both IPFW (15-33) and UIC (16-28) earlier this season in what were vastly different games. March 28 at Lambert, the Boilers did not score until the seventh inning but went to defeat IPFW, 6-1, thanks to consecutive three-run rallies. Cameron Perkins hit a game-tying home run to lead off the seventh inning and Angelo Cianfrocco drove in a run in both frames. On the mound, Robert Ramer struck out a career-high nine over eight innings of one-run ball.
Purdue has really had UIC's number in the last three meetings, outscoring the Flames, 41-6. The Boilermakers have not trailed at any point in those three games thanks in part to a cumulative 29-2 scoring edge in the first three innings. Purdue won the April 17 game in Chicago, 12-2, after posting consecutive four-run innings to begin the contest.
The Boilermakers have won 14 consecutive true midweek games dating back to March 2011. Six of those 14 victories have come against IPFW and UIC (three apiece).
Freshman Mike Gaglianese is scheduled to make his first college start Tuesday in Fort Wayne. The New York State native has not pitched since March 16 when he worked a scoreless inning of relief in the game two win at Wichita State. The right-hander will become only the sixth Purdue pitcher to start a game this season. Pat Gannon was set to take the ball for the Boilers' last scheduled midweek game, but the April 25 home date with Ball State was rained out.
Ramer is scheduled to make his seventh start of the year Wednesday, but just his second at home. He has not pitched since Purdue's last midweek game, a 3-2 win at Illinois State on April 24, and has not taken the hill at Lambert Field since dominating IPFW back in March. The Boilermakers were idle from midweek action last week due to final exams on campus.
Purdue is 14-1 in Ramer's 15 career starts. The junior has surrendered no more than two runs in all of his five midweek starts this year while issuing only one walk in 30 2/3 innings pitched overall.
Charles scored the go-ahead run in the 10-run ninth inning rally Sunday that lifted Purdue to a significant come-from-behind victory in the series finale. It was his 168th career run, tying the all-time record. This week, he'll look to join Nick Wittgren (saves) as Boilers that have eclipsed career benchmarks this season. Kevin Plawecki, meanwhile, is one hit by pitch shy of matching that team record (39).
Plawecki is batting a team-best .415 (17-for-41) in the last 10 games. Barrett Serrato has homered three times over that stretch and leads the team with 11 RBI.
David Miller was named the Big Ten Player of the Week Monday after reaching base safely in nine of his 13 plate appearances in the UCLA series. The shortstop has led the way in midweek action this season, batting .409 (9-for-22) with a team-best eight RBI and no strikeouts.
Parkview Field represents the third of four Minor League Baseball stadiums the Boilers are scheduled to play at this season. Purdue has posted wins MiLB stadiums in Springfield, Mo., and Indianapolis.
IPFW has compiled a 10-16 record since losing to Purdue March 28. UIC has gone 2-8 since losing to the Boilers and enters the week having dropped six games in a row.