The Boilers will finally be able to play a game at Alexander Field come Tuesday evening. For those who don't remember, Purdue was supposed to open up Alexander Field last year on April 1st, but due to construction issues, it just wasn't possible. That lead to hosting an NCAA regional in Gary last year, and although not ideal, was still a great turnout.
Nonetheless it's a new season and that can all be put behind us. There have already been 500+ season tickets sold, (or so I've heard) and the team is really looking forward to finally playing some games in front of their crowd.
Purdue will face UIC for the 3rd of 4 times this season. The Boilers played two games at UIC and split the series to start the spring break trip this year (the Sunday contest was cancelled due to weather). Tomorrow's game was moved up to 4 P.M. EST to account for the cold weather - the original start time was 6 P.M. EST
Senior Robert Ramer will look to throw for the Boilers, who have won 4 of their past 6 games - beating UIC, Cincinnati, and Evansville twice. The Boilers have also won 17 straight midweek games dating back to 2011.
Ramer pitched last Tuesday against Cincinnati, earning the victory while throwing 8 2/3 innings and giving up 4 runs. He leads the team in IP (29.1) and K/BB ratio (4.5:1).
Offensively, the Boilermakers have been lead by senior Jake Hansen (.365 BA) and junior Sean McHugh (.297 BA). Brandon Krieg and Stephen Talbott are a combined 13-17 on stolen bases.
Defensively there have been some adjustments in the past few games. Freshman Jack Amaro has moved to RF, Junior Connor Hudnall has moved from RF to 3rd base, McHugh from 3B to C, and freshman Jack Picchiotti has taken the last outfield spot in LF. This is in no way permanent, but has been the lineup that coach Schreiber has been going with most recently.
Alexander Field general admission season tickets are still available here - only $30 for Adults and $20 for youth.
Tickets for tomorrow's game are only $1 for general admission seating to celebrate the opening of Alexander Field.
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