Boilermakers Host EMU For Midweek & Nonconference Finale

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Angelo Cianfrocco is 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits and six RBI over the last five games
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Angelo Cianfrocco is 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits and six RBI over the last five games
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

May 13, 2013


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Probable Starting Pitchers
Gavin Downs (RS-Fr, RHP) vs. EMU's Michael Marsinek (Fr, LHP)

Tuesday Weather Forecast for West Lafayette, Ind.
77 degrees, clear skies

Series History
All-Time: Purdue leads 5-2
Purdue Under Doug Schreiber vs. EMU: First Meeting (Since 1999)
Last Meetings: Purdue & EMU split a four-game series (1986 in West Lafayette)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball closes out its 2013 campaign with four home games this week, beginning with Tuesday's midweek and nonconference finale against Eastern Michigan.

First pitch at Alexander Field is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. The Boilermakers (17-30) have won four straight games at home dating back to the April 24 shutout of Illinois-Chicago, improving to 5-10 at Alexander Field in the inaugural season at the new stadium.

Purdue has not played Eastern Michigan (24-26) since May 1986, splitting a four-game nonconference series that spring after the Eagles won both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday and the Boilers did likewise a day later. Head coach Doug Schreiber was a senior on the 1986 team, which went on to win a program-record 37 games. That record stood until last year.

Purdue rallied to win Sunday at Michigan but was still eliminated from Big Ten Tournament contention this past weekend. However, the Boilers do have the opportunity to end their season on a winning streak, typically a rarity in college sports that feature conference and NCAA Tournaments. A strong showing this week at home could give Purdue overall and home-field win streaks heading into next year. The 2003 season marked the last time the Boilers won their last game, finishing the campaign on a modest three-game win streak.

With EMU scheduled to start a lefty, it will mark the sixth straight game and eighth time in the last nine contests that the opposition has started a lefty against Purdue. Iowa is expected to start lefties in the first two games of this weekend's series as well.

Gavin Downs is likely to make another midweek start on the mound Tuesday. He has been one of the program's most pleasant surprises during the second half of the season, compiling a 1.72 ERA and 11 strikeouts vs. four walks in 15 2/3 innings pitched over three midweek appearances. That doesn't include the 4 2/3 innings of one-run ball he worked in the April 10 game against Ball State was rained out before it became official. Add that outing to his ledger and the freshman righty has surrendered just one unearned run over 14 innings at Alexander Field.

Dating back to April 24, Purdue has outscored its opponents 34-2 in the second inning. The Boilermakers have scored three or more runs in the second inning six times in the last 11 games, as well as five times in the last seven.

Angelo Cianfrocco hit safely in all four games last week and is now 8-for-22 with three extra-base hits and six RBI over the last five games. Kyle Johnson (5-for-9, 5 walks, 7 runs), Brandon Krieg (3-for-8, 4 walks, 3 runs) and Sean McHugh (4-for-14, 4 RBI, 2 walks) also hit safely in all three games of the Michigan series.

Purdue and EMU share five common opponents this year: Ball State, Butler, Cincinnati, Michigan and Michigan State. The Boilermakers went 3-6 against those teams. Eastern Michigan was 6-6. The Eagles swept a three-game series at Cincinnati the weekend of March 8-10 and won both midweek meetings with the Wolverines. Ball State swept EMU in Ypsilanti the weekend of May 3-5.

A series victory at Mid-American Conference West Division leader Northern Illinois this past weekend strengthened the Eagles' chances of qualifying for the MAC Tournament. The top eight teams, regardless of division, qualify for the MAC Tournament. Seven teams will enter the last weekend of the regular season vying for the final five spots.

Purdue's seven seniors - Brett Andrzejewski, Kyle Bischoff, Pat Gannon, Jake Hansen, Robert Ramer, Stephen Talbott and Cianfrocco - will be honored for their contributions to the program before Saturday's season finale.