PURDUE BASEBALL UPDATE
March 11, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
PURDUE PRESS RELEASE
Probable Pitching Matchups
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.-- Purdue baseball continues its spring break trip with two more games in large metropolitan areas, visiting Cincinnati and Louisville this week for games against the Big East Conference teams that call those cities home.
Tuesday's game at Cincinnati (4-8) is slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch at Marge Schott Stadium. Wednesday's game at No. 4 Louisville (12-2) is set for noon and has been designated Elementary School Day at Jim Patterson Stadium. Both stadiums feature an artificial FieldTurf playing surface.
The Boilermakers (4-9) split their abbreviated two-game weekend series at Illinois-Chicago to open their spring break trip. The now seven-game adventure through the Midwest concludes with a weekend series at Evansville.
Purdue has played the Bearcats three times in recent seasons at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge in Florida, but will be visiting Schott Stadium for the first time since April 2005. The Boilers have won five of their last six meetings with UC dating back to 2003.
The Cardinals scored five times over the final two innings to break a 4-4 tie and defeat Purdue, 9-4, Feb. 16 in the first meeting of the season at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. Louisville has won 10 of its 11 games since. And with a March 6 midweek game at Eastern Kentucky getting canceled due to inclement weather, the Cardinals are currently in the midst of a 20-game homestand.
Because the Boilers' game at UIC Sunday was rained out, Robert Ramerwill get the start on the mound at Cincinnati. He should be able to start Sunday's series finale at Evansville as well. Wednesday's starter at Louisville most likely won't be determined until after the UC game.
Saturday, Purdue snapped a seven-game losing streak thanks to an offensive outburst that featured season-high totals for runs (17) and hits (20). Six different players had multiple hits. The Boilermakers had only scored 20 runs in their seven straight losses.
Purdue shutout Cincinnati, 6-0, at the 2012 Big East/Big Ten Challenge in St. Petersburg, Fla., but only two active Boilers played in that game. Stephen Talbott was 1-for-3 as the starting left fielder and Brett Andrzejewski worked a scoreless eighth inning in his team debut. Lance Breedlovecarried much of the load that night with seven shutout innings, striking out 11.
The Cardinals are again ranked as high as fourth nationally in the Baseball America Top 25 poll after sweeping a three-game series against Alabama over the weekend. Louisville has outscored its opponents, 110-36. The seven runs Alabama scored in Sunday's 10-inning game were a season high against U of L.
Cincinnati closes out a seven-game homestand Tuesday, with the game against Purdue serving as the pseudo rubber game of the homestand as well as UC's midweek opener. The Bearcats swept a three-game series against New York Tech the opening weekend of the month, but lost all three to Eastern Michigan this past weekend. After outscoring New York Tech 37-6, UC only scored seven runs in the three games against EMU. The Bearcats lost a Feb. 22 game against Michigan State in Greenville, S.C., 14-6.
The Cardinals have been putting the ball in play regularly and stealing bases frequently. To go along with a .315 team batting average, U of L has already drawn 97 free passes (61 walks, 36 HBP) while averaging only 4.7 strikeouts per game. Louisville has also stolen 59 bases in 73 attempts, including four against Purdue in the first meeting.
The Boilermakers won at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2011 in their last visit to Louisville. Talbott played the hero with a 10th-inning walk-off single at Lambert Field last season.