May 11, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 14 Purdue baseball will now host Indiana State for the final game in the history of Lambert Field Tuesday, a scheduling change announced by head coach Doug Schreiber Friday.
The Boilermakers (37-9) and Sycamores (37-12) were both scheduled to play Butler in midweek action during the final two weeks of the regular season. The Bulldogs had to cancel both games (May 9 vs. ISU in Indianapolis and May 15 at Purdue) due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, a quality late-season midweek date between the top two teams in the state of Indiana this season has emerged.
Purdue has not played ISU since 2007, but the Sycamores were expected to return to the schedule in 2013.
Both teams are enjoying among the finest seasons in the respective histories of their programs. Along with both teams having won 37 games, Purdue entered the week ranked seventh in the NCAA RPI. Indiana State was 56th. Entering the weekend in the Boydsworld.com RPI, Purdue is ninth and ISU 53rd. Most college baseball publications and websites have listed both teams as likely at-large teams in the NCAA Tournament if they don't win their conference tournaments.
Indiana State plays its final road series of the regular season this weekend at Southern Illinois. The Sycamores enter the weekend a ½ game behind Missouri Valley Conference-leading Missouri State, who visits Terre Haute May 17-19 for the final series of the regular season. However, the MVC Tournament will be held at the Bears' home field in Springfield, Mo., a site that was predetermined before the season. All eight MVC teams qualify for the Missouri Valley Tournament.
Purdue is 4-2 vs. MVC teams this year, playing all six games on the road. During the spring break trip, the Boilers won at Missouri State and split a four-game series at Wichita State. April 24, Purdue also won an April 24 midweek game at Illinois State.
Indiana State is 2-1 against Big Ten teams, splitting a home-and-home midweek series with Indiana and defeating Illinois in Terre Haute. The Sycamores have posted a 9-2 record against the common opponents they share with Purdue - Notre Dame (2-0), Ball State (1-0), Illinois State (2-1), Illinois-Chicago (1-0), Illinois (1-0) and Wichita State (2-1). The ISU & WSU series were both played in Terre Haute.
With a chance to clinch at least a share of their first Big Ten title since 1909, the Boilers host Michigan this weekend for the final Big Ten series in the history of Lambert Field. The ballpark has been the home of Purdue baseball since 1965. The program's 15 current seniors will be honored prior to first pitch Tuesday against Indiana State.