I have been busy here with football and Rachel has been doing a great job with the volleyball coverage, but I haven't written much about the other fall sports. Here is a quick digest of how Purdue's teams are doing:
The season started well as Purdue went 6-2-1 with a 1-0 conference win over Ohio State and 2-1 overtime win over Northwestern. It has since fallen completely apart with eight straight losses. The Boilers are now 2-9-0 and may miss the conference tournament that they are going to host. Only the tp 8 teams in the conference standings qualify for the conference tournament. They have to win their final matches against Indiana (1-9-1) and Michigan (7-2-1) and get some help to have any chance.
At least they have a chance to get the Golden Boot back against IU. The Hoosiers are in last place in the Big Ten. Purdue hosts IU Saturday night at 7pm.
Matthew McClintock is doing well, but the rest of the team is not. McClintock was the top Big Ten finisher at the NCAA Pre-Nationals last weekend and was sixth overall 12.2 seconds behind the leader. The men's team opened the season with a victory in the 10-team Belmont invitational but was fourth in the Indiana Intercollegiate race. The women's team was second in the Indiana Intercollegiates and both teams were 30th in the NCAA Pre-Nationals.
The fall season has been productive for the men's team as they were second in the 12 team Jack Nicklaus Invitational at Ohio State. This weekend they are taking part in the Bridgestone Golf Collegiate in Greensboro North Carolina.
The Black and Gold Series concluded with the Gold Team winning all five games at Alexander Field. Here were some of the highlights from the five games:
Brett Haan - In a pair of starts Haan went 10.1 innings and went 1-0 for the Gold Team with a 1.74 ERA.
James Jewell - Jewell was on fire, batting .467 in 15 at bats. He hit one of only four home runs over the weekend and drove in five runs.
Jack Picchiotti - Picchiotti hit .400 for the weekend and had six RBI.
Jeff Evak - Evak was the best hitter on the black team, hitting .421 with a home run and two of the eight RBI that the black team had.
Alex Lyons - In three relief appearances Lyons had a 1.50 ERA in six innings pitched.