Way-Back Wednesday, Cancer Awareness Day, Senior Day On Slate

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM The Boilermakers will wear pink ribbons, socks and jersey numbers in honor of Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
The Boilermakers will wear pink ribbons, socks and jersey numbers in honor of Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

April 24, 2012

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The Slate
Wednesday, April 25: 3 p.m. vs. Loyola (DH)
Promotion: Way Back Wednesday/University Place Day
Radio: purduesports.com; Live Stats: purduesports.com

Saturday, April 28: 1 p.m. vs. Wisconsin (DH)
Promotion: Cancer Awareness Day - Wear pink. Pink T-shirts will be given out throughout the game. Pink ribbons will be available at the gate. A cancer survivor will throw out the first pitch.
Radio: purduesports.com; Live Stats: purduesports.com

Sunday, April 29: 1 p.m. vs. Wisconsin
Promotion: Senior Day - Come celebrate the careers of our two fabulous seniors: Molly Garst and Katie Hackney. Senior Day ceremony will take place before the game.
Radio: purduesports.com; Live Stats: purduesports.com

The Book on the Boilermakers
At First Glance: A Purdue squad (28-15, 10-4 Big Ten) featuring 12 returning players and seven newcomers will face Loyola in a midweek doubleheader before playing host to Wisconsin this weekend. Eight position starters and three starting pitchers return from the 2011 squad which finished 30-18-2 and fifth in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers are coached by Kim Maher, who is her seventh year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Boilermakers went 1-2 last weekend, falling to Illinois in games 1 and 3 of the series (3-1, 8-6), but taking the second half of the Saturday doubleheader 4-2.

Statistically Speaking: The Boilermakers boast a .325 team batting average, including six batters hitting at a .300 or better clip. Outfielder Andie Varsho (.378), first baseman Ashley Courtney (.375) and outfielder Lindsey Rains (.364) lead the way. Courtney has accounted for a team-best 30 RBI, 13 doubles and three home runs. Rains has recorded a team-leading 35 runs, 28 RBI, 22 stolen bases, four triples and three home runs. Varsho has registered 32 runs, 27 RBI and 15 stolen bases. Shortstop Molly Garst (.357), third baseman Tori Chiodo (.340) and catcher Danielle Fletcher (.325)also are batting over .300. Garst has scored 35 runs and stolen a team-best 25 bases, while pitcher/outfielder Erika Petruzzi (.282) has launched seven home runs. Fletcher has added six home runs, while Chiodo, Garst and utility player Lauren Grant each have posted two. All told, Purdue is averaging nearly six runs per game with 107 extra base hits and 89 steals. Freshman Lexy Moore (19-7) leads the way in the circle, striking out 103 batters in 164 innings and posting a 2.98 ERA. Senior Katie Hackney (4-2) has issued 36 Ks in 49 innings. Freshman Alex Whittemore (3-4) has struck out 25 in 39 innings, while junior Erika Petruzzi (1-2) has struck out 10 in 21 innings.

Series Information
Loyola (Purdue leads 12-3): The Ramblers took the first meeting in the series with the Boilermakers, which began on April 18, 1996. Purdue answered with a win in the nightcap of the doubleheader kicking off a string of eight wins. Loyola ended the streak with a 4-3 win in Chicago on April 19, 2001. The Boilermakers responded with four straight wins, until a 4-3 11-inning loss on April 14, 2011, in Chicago.

Wisconsin (Purdue leads 23-14): The Boilermakers won the first seven meetings in the series which began on April 6, 1996. The Badgers won eight of the next 11 contests from April 18, 1998 to March 30, 2002. Purdue took the next three contests, starting a stretch during which the Boilermakers won 13 of the next 19, including season sweeps in 2008 and 2009.

What a Difference a Win Makes ...
If the Boilermakers top Loyola in Game 1 on Wednesday...

• They will move to 29-15, just one victory away from the 30-win mark, which Purdue has reached in 14 of its 18 seasons.

• They will move to 13-3 all-time against the Ramblers, including five wins in the last six meetings.

• They will move to 204-188-2 all-time in the month of April, including a 7-9 mark on April 25.

Learn About Loyola
At First Glance: The Loyola Ramblers (18-20, 11-7 Horizon League) face Northwestern on Tuesday before coming to West Lafayette on Wednesday. The Ramblers return 11 letterwinners, including five starters from the 2011 team which posted a 26-26 mark and won the Horizon League title. Loyola is coached by Penn State alumna Missy Beseres, who is in her second year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Ramblers went 2-1 in a midweek series with Green Bay, taking the first two games 9-0 and 4-0, before falling 5-2 in the finale.

Statistically Speaking: Second baseman Jessica Balzano leads a group of five Ramblers batting .300 or better. Balzano has scored 19 runs, driven in 13 RBI and swiped 12 bases. Catcher Annie Korth (.333), outfielder Brooke Andresen (.318), outfielder Olivia Bell (.314) and shortstop Lauren Arceneaux (.314) round out the group. Arceneaux has scored a team-best 28 runs, launched seven home runs and stolen 15 bases. Andresen has driven in 20 RBI and launched four home runs, while Korth has posted 16 runs to go with four long balls. Third baseman Lauren Moore (.288) has tallied 23 runs, a team-best 21 RBI and 10 doubles. As a team, Loyola is batting .286 with 21 home runs and 53 stolen bases.

Sophomore lefty Brittany Gardner (13-8) has struck out 145 batters in 120 innings and pitched eight shutouts. Freshman Amanda Ciran (2-12) has issued 42 Ks in 92 innings of work. Sophomore Keali Engelkens (3-0) boasts 21 Ks and a staff best 3.19 ERA with 26 innings of action. Senior Seana Stillson has added four strikeouts in 11 innings. The staff is allowing foes a .246 average.

Words About Wisconsin
At First Glance: The Wisconsin Badgers (27-13, 11-4 Big Ten) faces Indiana State in a Wednesday doubleheader before travelling to West Lafayette this weekend. The Badgers return 14 letterwinners, including eight starters and three pitchers from the 2011 team which posted a 30-23 mark and finished sixth in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is coached by Yvette Healy, who is in her second year with the team.

Last Time Out: The Badgers went 3-0 last week, sweeping the series with Penn State (4-1, 8-0 (5), and 9-0 (5).

Statistically Speaking: First baseman Michelle Mueller (.357) leads the Badger offense, while five other players also are batting .300 or better. Mueller has scored 17 runs and driven in 18 RBI. Outfielder Mary Massei (.354), outfielder Maria Van Abel (.353), second baseman Whitney Massey (.342), outfielder Kendall Grimm (.333) and shortstop Stephanie Peace (.313) round out the group. Massei has scored a team-best 27 runs, driven in 27 RBI and launched four home runs. Massey has driven in a team-leading 30 RBI and tallied 24 runs and 12 doubles, while Peace has scored 24 runs and added four home runs. Van Abel leads UW on the basepaths with 14 steals, while Grimm has added 10. Catcher/first baseman Molly Spence boasts a team-best seven home runs. As a team, Wisconsin is batting .302 with 23 home runs and 66 stolen bases.

Sophomore Cassandra Darrah (18-7) has done the bulk of the pitching for the Badgers, boasting a 2.15 ERA, 98 strikeouts and eight shutouts in 153 innings of work. Junior lefty Megan Mcintosh (4-5) has added 62 Ks in 66 innings, while sophomore Amanda Najdek (5-1) has struck out 28 batters in 52 innings with one shutout. The staff is allowing opponents to hit at a .262 clip.

Among The Nation's Statistical Leaders
The Boilermakers rank among the national top 50 in seven statistical categories, including the top 10 in four listings. The team is sixth in triples per game (0.35), eighth in stolen bases per game (2.05), eighth in batting average (.325), 10th in doubles per game (1.51), 22nd in slugging percentage (.475), 24th in scoring (5.72 runs per game) and 32nd in double plays per game (0.40).

Individually, sophomore outfielder Lindsey Rains ranks 17th in triples (4) and 35th in stolen bases per game (0.51). Senior shortstop Molly Garst ranks 24th in stolen bases per game (0.58), while junior first baseman Ashley Courtney ranks 31st in doubles per game (0.30). Freshman pitcher Lexy Moore ranks 35th in wins (19).