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2018 NCAA Baseball Tournament: Purdue vs. North Carolina A&T GameThread & How to Watch

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It is an elimination game in Chapel Hill.

Courtesy of Clinton Cole and Purdue Baseball

We’re up against it now. If the 2018 Purdue baseball season is going to last beyond today the Boilers need a victory over the MEAC champions. North Carolina A&T comes in at 32-24 after getting blown out 11-0 by the host Tar Heels yesterday.

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The Aggies are here by winning the MEAC tournament and it is just their second NCAA appearance. They went 0-2 in the 2005 Tournament, while Purdue is just 1-5 in three appearances counting this season.

We’re going to go with Gareth Stroh (5-2, 4.68 ERA) who is due for a dominant outing. The Aggies will likely go with Michael Johnson (7-1, 3.27 ERA), who has been excellent in the MEAC.

What benefits Purdue is the level of competition played. The Aggies are 1-5 against teams in the top 100, beating only No. 68 North Carolina Greensboro. Conversely, Purdue is 13-17 agaisnt the top 100.

A win would only be Purdue’s second ever in the NCAA Tournament and with 38 wins this year it would be the second most in a single season for us, short of 2012’s 45 wins.