WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball will open up its new Alexander Field to the public during the upcoming alumni weekend in October, which will be highlighted by a championship ring ceremony honoring the 2012 Big Ten title team.
The Boilermakers will welcome back alumni the weekend of Oct. 5-6 for the open house and ring ceremony at Alexander Field as well as a football tailgate before Purdue's game against Michigan. The 2012 baseball team will be recognized on the field during halftime of the Oct. 6 game at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The festivities will begin on Friday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. with self-guided tours of the Alexander Field facilities. Dinner is set for 6:45, the ring ceremony at 7:30 and the evening will be punctuated by alumni batting practice beginning at 8:45. Members of the 2012 Big Ten championship team, including active players, will be recognized as part of the ring ceremony.
Baseball alumni and other Purdue fans interested in attending the event should RSVP to Angela Pickett at 765-494-9603 or by clicking HERE. The Friday evening event is open to the general public. Dinner is $12 per person, with payments made when you make your reservation. Contact Angela Pickett (765-494-9603 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or head coach Doug Schreiber (765-494-3998) with questions about the dinner and ring ceremony.
The Purdue-Michigan football game is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff. The baseball alumni tailgate begins at noon at a to be determined location.
An Alexander Field open house and season ticket drive is also set for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1-3 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to personally select the location of their seat for season-ticket buyers. Click HERE for more information.
The 2012 Purdue baseball team won the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles, finishing its historic season with a program record 45 victories. The Boilermakers were nationally ranked for the majority of the season and were selected as one of 16 programs nationally to host an NCAA Regional. En route to winning its first Big Ten Tournament title, Purdue qualified for the six-team event for the fifth consecutive season and 10th time during Schreiber's tenure as head coach. The five consecutive Big Ten Tourney berths is the longest active streak in the league.
In June, seven members of the 2012 team signed with Major League Baseball organizations and began their professional careers at the Minor League level. Fourteen program alumni are currently playing professional baseball, highlighted by Major Leaguer Josh Lindblom (Philadelphia Phillies) and 2012 Carolina League MVP Dan Black (White Sox farm system).
2012 Big Ten Baseball Championship/Alumni Weekend Friday-Saturday, October 5-6, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012 Alumni Open House & 2012 Championship Team Ring Ceremony Alexander Field 6:00-7:30 p.m. Self-Guided Tours of Alexander Field 6:00 p.m. Social 6:45 p.m. Dinner 7:30 p.m. Ring Ceremony 8:45 p.m. Alumni Batting Practice
Saturday, October 6, 2012 Baseball Alumni Tailgate Location TBA 12:00-4:00 p.m. 2012 Team Recognized at Halftime of Purdue-Michigan Football Game