Oral Roberts (33-16, 22-5 Summit) at Purdue (30-18, 14-6 B1G)
Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. ET / BTN Plus on BTN2Go
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Probable Pitching Matchup: Andrew Bohm (RS-Fr, RHP) vs. ORU's Taylor Varnell (Sr, LHP)
Purdue President Mitch Daniels presents baseball grads their diplomas before the game
Head football coach Jeff Brohm throws out the first pitch
$2 specials on general admission tickets, domestic draft beers, hot dogs and nachos
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue baseball's midweek finale Tuesday vs. Oral Roberts is the first of four games vs. 30-win teams at Alexander Field this week.
First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. All general admission tickets for Tuesday vs. ORU and Thursday vs. Michigan are specially priced at $2. Purdue faculty and staff and can also purchase $2 general admission tickets for the games Friday and Saturday vs. Michigan.
University President Mitch Daniels will be on hand to present the program's seven graduating seniors with their diplomas before the game Tuesday. Tanner Andrews, Evan Kennedy, Mike Kornacker, Ross Learnard, Alec Olund and Harry Shipley were unable to participate in the university's graduation ceremonies this weekend while Purdue was playing its penultimate Big Ten series vs. Ohio State in Columbus. Cameron Williams rounds out the group of seven. He's set to graduate in August after completing an internship this summer.
Purdue (30-18), Oral Roberts (33-16) and Michigan (32-16) have won a combined 95 games this season. The Boilermakers have put together their first 30-win season making the move to Alexander Field for the 2012-13 school year. Thus, this week's games are the first at Alexander featuring a pair of 30-win clubs. The Lambert Field finale vs. Indiana State, which featured the 39-10 Boilermakers vs. 40-12 Sycamores, in May 2012 was Purdue's last home game to hold such a distinction. A May 1993 series vs. Indiana marked the last time a pair of 30-win teams squared off for a Big Ten weekend in West Lafayette.
The Boilermakers have won nine consecutive home games, their longest win streak at home since 1989. It's also tied for the seventh longest active home win streak in the country. Coincidentally, ORU has won 10 straight at home dating back to April 13.
LONGEST SINGLE-SEASON HOME WIN STREAKS
13 Straight Wins -- 1987 (April 2-23)
11 Straight Wins -- 1982 (April 18-May 10)
10 Straight Wins -- 1983 (April 16-23)
9 Straight Wins -- 2018 (April 24-Present)
9 Straight Wins -- 1989 (April 11-29)
THE HOLM CONNECTION WITH ORAL ROBERTS
Oral Roberts has already clinched the Summit League's regular-season title and will host the conference tournament next week in Tulsa. The Golden Eagles are stopping in West Lafayette on their way to Fort Wayne for a weekend series with the Mastodons.
Purdue's second-year pitching coach Steve Holm is an ORU alumnus. He was named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America as well as the Mid-Conference Conference Player of the Year during a breakout 2000 season, during which he collected 104 hits and ranked seventh nationally with a .437 batting average. He led ORU with 21 doubles and 46 RBI the following year. The Golden Eagles were a combined 97-28 those seasons while qualifying for two NCAA Regionals as the Mid-Con champions. Holm played shortstop at Oral Roberts and then made the transition to catcher in pro ball, reaching the big leagues with the San Francisco Giants and later playing for the Minnesota Twins as well.
The Golden Eagles have made 18 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1998. This season, 22 of their 33 wins are against Summit League rivals as part of the double round-robin schedule the conference utilizes. But ORU has a season-opening sweep of Utah and quality wins against Oklahoma State (2), Wichita State, Dallas Baptist and Nevada. The Golden Eagles also split a two-game midweek series with Nebraska in Tulsa in mid-March.
ACTIVE ALEXANDER STREAKS
Harry Shipley and Nick Dalesandro enter the final week of the regular-season riding notable streaks at Alexander Field. Shipley has reached base safely in 18 straight home games dating back to the final two games of 2017 (also vs. Michigan). Dalesandro has hit safely in 12 straight games at Alexander and reached base safely in 15 consecutive, all but the home opener vs. Lipscomb.
Shipley's reached base safely streak is the longest by a Boilermaker at home since Eric Charles posted a 23-game streak from 2009 to 2010. Brandon Haveman and Charles were the last Boilermakers to reach base safely in every home game of a season in which they played, accomplishing the feat in 2009 when Purdue's home slate was limited to 17 games.
Charles also accounted for the last 12-game hit streak at home, doing so during the 2012 Big Ten Championship season. Haveman hit safely in 24 consecutive home games from 2008 to 2009.
LONG HOME STREAKS SINCE 2005
* -- Included every home game in which he played in a season
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