May 12, 2014
All-Time: Indiana State leads 36-28-2
All-Time in West Lafayette: Indiana State leads 17-15-1
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. Indiana State: Indiana State leads 8-6 (Since 1999)
First Meeting of 2014: ISU 10, Purdue 3 (April 22 in Terre Haute)
2013 in West Lafayette: ISU 4, Purdue 3 (April 3)
Purdue's Last Win vs. ISU: Purdue 2, ISU 1 - 10 Innings (May 2012 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 7, ISU 0 (1902 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball begins its final home week with the last of its nine midweek games this season, hosting Indiana State Tuesday evening in a rematch of a game played three weeks ago in Terre Haute.
First pitch at Alexander Field is set for 6:30 p.m. As part of the "Art in the Park" promotion in conjunction with the Tippecanoe Arts Federation, local artists from around Greater Lafayette will have their work on display around the Alexander Field concourse. General admission tickets are specially priced at $2 for the $2 Tuesdays promotion.
With a 33-13 overall record and a RPI of 17, Indiana State has put itself in position to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Regionals for the second time in the last three years. The Sycamores will enter the final weekend of the regular season two games behind Evansville in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. ISU has the advantage of hosting the MVC Tournament this year.
Indiana State has compiled a 7-1 record since defeating the Boilers, 10-3, April 22 in Terre Haute.
Thursday marks the two-year anniversary of the memorable 10-inning affair between Purdue and Indiana State on May 15, 2012, which was the final game in the history of Lambert Field. Sean McHugh hit the game-tying pinch hit home run with two outs in the ninth inning to send the game to extras. Now a senior, McHugh enters the week having started 68 consecutive games for the Boilers (12-35). The only game in which he did not start last the last two seasons was an April 2013 midweek date at Indiana State.
McHugh also enters the final week of the regular season leading Purdue in batting average (.302), home runs (4) and RBI (27). He's looking to become the first player to win the team triple crown since Ryne White in 2007.
Mike Lutz has pitched in 29 of the Boilermakers' 47 games this season. Purdue's single-season record for appearances is 32, established by Andy Loomis in 2008. Josh Lindblom also pitched in 30 games in 2008, marking the only times a Boiler made 30-plus appearances on the mound.
The Boilermakers host Rick Heller's former and current teams this week. Heller moved from Indiana State to the University of Iowa last summer, returning to the state where he spent a number of years as the head coach at Northern Iowa before UNI dropped its baseball program following the 2009 season.
Purdue needs to sweep its three-game series against Iowa this weekend to have a chance at qualifying for the Big Ten Tournament. The Boilermakers and Hawkeyes will square off for the final weekend of the regular season for the fifth consecutive year. A special Boilermaker Block Party event is planned for Friday's 6:30 p.m. game, featuring a special $15 all you can eat ticket special along with a beer garden open to all fans 21 and older. McHugh and fellow seniors Conner Hudnall and Steve Maniago will be recognized prior to Saturday's game for their contributions to Purdue baseball.
Purdue is 5-3 in midweek action this season, posting wins against Butler (two), Illinois-Chicago, Illinois State and IPFW. With a 6-7 home record, the Boilers will need three victories this week to finish over .500 at Alexander Field this year.