June 5, 2009
Season Recap in PDF Format
A Quick Look at the Boilers: Purdue hit .316 as a team with 109 doubles, 16 triples, 40 homers and 327 RBIs ... The Boilers averaged 11.5 hits and 7.2 runs per game ... One bug-a-boo for Purdue was runners left on base. The Boilermakers stranded 475 runners on base, an average of 9.3 per game ... On the mound, Purdue posted a 5.96 team ERA in 447 1/3 innings pitched ... The Boiler pitching staff finished fifth in the league with 341 strikeouts and walked the third-fewest batters (199).
Purdue in the Conference Tournament: Purdue made its 13th all-time appearance in the Big Ten Tournament and its second consecutive trip ... The Boilermakers went 1-2 in 2009, falling to eventual conference tournament champion Indiana in the opener 9-1, eliminating Michigan State 12-9 and falling to Minnesota 12-3 to end the year ... The Boilers are 12-26 in the tournament dating back to their first appearance in 1981 ... Including the 2009 season, Purdue has advanced to seven Big Ten Tournaments in head coach Doug Schreiber's 11 seasons and has won at least one contest in six of the previous seven trips.
How Purdue Got There: The Boilermakers finished sixth in the Big Ten ... Purdue won five Big Ten series, split one and were swept in two others ... The Boilermakers won their last three league series of the season to become the final team to qualify for the Big Ten Tournament ... The Boilers won series against fellow Big Ten Tournament participants Indiana (2-1), Michigan State (2-1) and Illinois (2-1) ... Purdue was swept by No. 1-seed Ohio State and No. 2-seed Minnesota, however three of those six losses were by a single run and none were by more than three runs.
Purdue's Big Ten Season at a Glance
March 27-28 - at Northwestern (1-1): Purdue 4-3, Northwestern 13-4
April 3-4 - vs. Iowa (2-1): Iowa 15-7, Purdue 5-3, Purdue 10-9
April 10-12 - at Penn State (2-1): Purdue 6-4, Penn State 11-9, Purdue 9-3
April 17-18 - vs. Ohio State (0-3): Ohio State 1-0, Ohio State 7-4; Ohio State 11-10
April 24-26 - at Minnesota (0-3): Minnesota 4-3; Minnesota 3-1; Minnesota 5-2
May 2-3 - vs. Indiana (2-1): Purdue 15-8, Indiana 7-6, Purdue 5-2
May 9-11 - at Michigan State (2-1): Michigan State 6-5, Purdue 9-8, Purdue 9-3
May 14-16 - Illinois (2-1): Purdue 12-5, Illinois 6-3, Purdue 12-8
Feted Frosh: Purdue infielder Eric Charles earned Freshman All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Charles, who started Purdue's final 36 games at second base after replacing an injured Ben Wolgamot in the lineup on March 18, hit .371 with nine doubles, three triples, a pair of home runs, 21 RBIs and a team-best 45 runs scored in 2009. Charles' freshman recognition in the sixth such in school history and the first since Matt Bischoff and Tony Sedlmeyer were feted by Collegiate Baseball in 2007.
All-Big Ten Honors: Purdue senior Brandon Haveman was named first team All-Big Ten, the league office announced at the conference tournament banquet. Haveman was a unanimous selection by the league coaches for the postseason honor. Joining the Boiler outfielder with conference recognition were third team members John Cummins at first base, redshirt freshman Eric Charles at second, senior outfielder Alex Jaffee, as well as junior right-hander Matt Bischoff. Charles and outfielder Tyler Spillner were both named to the conference's all-freshman team.
So Close: Out of Purdue's 12 losses in conference in the regular season, seven came by two or less runs. The Boilers dropped five one-run league games and a pair of two-run contests. For the season Purdue has dropped eight one-run games and three by two runs.
300: No not a movie about Sparta, but a win total that Purdue head coach Doug Schreiber achieved with the Boilermakers' 9-3 win at Penn State on April 12. The 11th-year skipper is just the second Boilermaker head coach to have reached the milestone. Dave Alexander, who was Purdue's top guy from 1978 to 1991, is the all-time coaching wins leader in West Lafayette with 407 career victories.
Historical Highlights: Purdue's school-record .316 team batting average for the year highlighted a number of historical feats for program and its players. A look at the marks that became the new standard in 2009:
Season Batting Records - Overall
Batting Average (min 100 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .422
Batting Average (min 175 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .422
Walks - Dan Black - 62 (tied the Big Ten record)
Season Batting Records - Big Ten Games
Batting Average (min 50 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .464
Batting Average (min 85 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .464
Walks - Dan Black - 28
Career Batting Records - Overall
Batting Average (min 250 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .399
Batting Average (min 400 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .399
Career Batting Records - Big Ten Games
Batting Average (min 100 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .453
Batting Average (min 175 AB) - Brandon Haveman - .453
Walks - Dan Black - 55
Senior Jinx: Out of Purdue's six-member senior class, only Alex Jaffee managed to avoid the injury bug in 2009. Brandon Haveman (hamstrings, nine games), John Cummins (hand, 16 games), Ben Wolgamot (groin, six games); Jonathan Moore (knee, season) and Eric Nielsen (shoulder, three games) all missed considerable time due to injury. Outside of Moore, who was lost for the season, the seniors all managed to make their way back into the lineup.
Walk on the Wild Side: Dan Black's history, both ancient and recent, caught up with him in 2009. With 36 career homers and 146 RBIs at Purdue, opposing pitchers opted the safe route with the switch hitting infielder. Black was issued a Purdue single-season record 62 walks in 51 games, including 12 intentional free passes. The walk-a-thon led to a Big Ten-best .518 on base percentage for the year. Black strolled past the season walk mark at Purdue of 51 set by Brandon Bell in 1994 on an intentional free pass against Indiana on May 2 and tied the Big Ten season record of 62 shared by Indiana's Joe Sturtz (1993) and Ohio State's Christian Snaverly (2003) against Minnesota in the final game of the year. Black was walked a season-high five times in a game against Notre Dame on Feb. 22.
One More To Go: Entering the season Dan Black was tied for 12th all-time for career home runs at Purdue with 21. His 15 fence-busters in 2009 moved him into second on the list with 36. Black's next homer will leave him just two bombs shy equalling Mike Biltimier's (1991-93) all-time high water mark of 39.
Had to Have Haveman: Brandon Haveman had an impressive senior season, that is when his hamstring finally healed. Despite missing all or parts of nine games with injury, Haveman was the Big Ten batting champion both overall (.422) and in conference contests (.464), while pacing the Boilermakers in hits (78) and doubles (20), and placing second for Purdue in slugging (.616) and total bases (114).
Big Time in the Big Ten: Coming to Purdue as a JC transfer, Brandon Haveman took a liking to playing in Big Ten Conference contests. In 52 career league games over two seasons, Haveman smashed Ryne White's career Big Ten batting average record .453 (97 for 214) at Purdue and finished with 20 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 22 RBIs and an amazing 64 runs scored. He led the conference in batting average in Big Ten games in back-to-back seasons posting a .444 mark (52 for 117) in 2008 and a school season record .464 average (45 for 97) in league games in 2009. Haveman's two batting titles in league games marked the third consecutive year a Boilermaker has led the conference in batting average (also Ryne White .463 in 2007).
Doing the Streak: Senior Brandon Haveman ended his Boilermaker career on a 20-game hitting streak. Starting in the series opener of the Ohio State series on April 17 and running through the end of the year, Haveman batted .469 (46 for 98) with 12 doubles, a triple, two homers, 20 runs scored and 14 RBIs during the streak. He posted a four-hit game, nine three-hit games, five two-hit games and just five one-hit games over the streak. The 20-game streak was the longest for Purdue in 2009 and also constituted a career-long for Haveman.
Stepping Up: Redshirt freshman Eric Charles stepped up his play in a big way. After senior Ben Wolgamot went down with a groin injury at Illinois-Chicago on March 18, Charles moved into the starting lineup and did not sit for the rest of the year. Starting the last 36 consecutive games for the Boilers, Charles hit .386 (56 for 145) with nine doubles, three triples, two home runs, 21 RBIs and 40 runs scored after becoming a regular in the lineup. In the nine games he appeared in prior to becoming a starter, Charles was hitting just .214 with no RBIs and five runs scored.
Stepping Up, Part II: When senior outfielder Jonathan Moore was lost for the season with a knee injury against IPFW on March 24, classmate Alex Jaffee was called upon to take his place in the lineup. Jaffee responded to the call by hitting .373 (41 for 110) with five doubles, five home runs, 22 RBIs and 29 runs scored in the 33 games after Moore's injury.
Cummins' Comeback: Senior John Cummins, who missed 16 games with a broken hand suffered on March 8, returned in style. The first baseman appeared in 24 contests after mending, including 20 starts, and hit .420 (34 for 81) with six doubles, a triple, a home run, 15 RBIs and 17 runs scored.
Matt Morgan in Big Ten Series: Purdue was tied 1-1 heading into the final game in five of its seven league series this season (the final game against Northwestern was snowed out). Matt Morgan started all five of the series finale games and went 5-0 on the mound.
April 3-4 vs. Iowa tied 1-1 - Morgan: Win, 7 1/3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 10 BB
April 10-12 at Penn State tied 1-1 - Morgan: Win, 9 IP CG, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 BB
May 2-3 vs. Indiana tied 1-1 - Morgan: Win, 7 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
May 9-11 at Michigan State tied 1-1 - Morgan: Win, 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
May 14-15 vs. Illinois - Morgan: Win, 6 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K