March 8, 2013Eastern Indiana Sports
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Probable Pitching Matchups
Weekend Weather Forecast For Chicago
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Purdue baseball opens its annual spring break trip by traveling north this year, heading to the Windy City for a three-game series at Illinois-Chicago that should be playable thanks to the artificial field turf surface on the Flames' home field.
First pitch is slated for 5 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (all ET). Fifteenth-year head coach Doug Schreiberwill coach his 800th game as the leader of the program this weekend (most likely Saturday). The Boilermakers return home Sunday evening and begin the second half of their spring break trip Tuesday at Cincinnati.
While Chicago may have received even more snow than the Lafayette area earlier this week, the field turf at Les Miller Field makes the surface playable even if significant piles of snow remain outside the walls of the stadium. Purdue also played two games at UIC on the 2009 spring break trip.
Nine Boilers on the weekend travel roster are natives of the Chicagoland area. Returning to their native state this weekend includes: Jack Amaro (Naperville), Eddie De LaRiva (Blue Island), Joe Eichmann (Libertyville), Pat Gannon (Evergreen Park), Patrick Kenney (Gurnee), Mike Lutz (North Barrington), Tim McElroy (Roselle), Jack Picchiotti (Oak Park) and Kyle Wood (Orland Park). Meanwhile, associate head coach Jeff Duncanis a native of Joliet.
Purdue (3-8) has won five straight games against the Flames (3-6) dating back to 2009, outscoring UIC 52-10 while sweeping both ends of a home-and-home series the last two years. However, all four of those games were part of the midweek schedule; both teams have not seen the other's weekend rotation.