WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION
Purdue (3-12) at Jacksonville State (8-10)
Friday, March 15 to Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m., 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. ET / ESPN+
Rudy Abbott Field / Jacksonville, Alabama
All-Time Series: Purdue leads 3-0 / All-Time in Jacksonville: Purdue leads 3-0
Last Series: Purdue swept a three-game set (March 2004)
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: Andrew Bohm (R-So, RHP) vs. JSU’s Garrett Farmer (R-Jr, RHP)
Saturday: Patrick J. Smith (Sr, LHP) vs. JSU’s Trey Fortner (R-Fr, RHP)
Sunday: Ryan Beard (Sr, LHP) vs. JSU’s Dylan Hathcock (R-So, LHP)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s final weekend of pre-conference play doubles as the end of the program’s eight-game spring break adventure, which draws to a close with a series at Jacksonville State.
First pitch at the newly renovated Rudy Abbott Field at Jim Case Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. ET on Friday along with 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Jacksonville State’s campus is located in Jacksonville, Alabama. The Gamecocks have been a member of the Ohio Valley Conference since the 2003-04 school year. Case is one of the few active coaches in the country whose name is on the stadium. He has won over 500 games as the head coach of JSU since 2002.
For the second year in a row, the Boilermakers played games in four different cities during their spring break. But this year’s eight-game spring break was much different than last year’s extended road trip to Louisiana and St. Louis, headlined by the earliest home opener in program history Tuesday when Purdue was able to host Milwaukee. That came on the heels of impromptu trip to the hills of Marion, North Carolina, after the weather was not as cooperative in Omaha.
The Boilermakers’ only previous matchup with Jacksonville State was also on weekend No. 2 of spring break. Purdue swept a three-game set at JSU to cap an eight-game road trip through Birmingham, Atlanta and Jacksonville. The Gamecocks’ 2004 team went on to qualify for the an NCAA Regional after winning the OVC Tournament title. It was the first of four Regional appearances for JSU since joining the OVC.
Jacksonville State went 32-25 last season and was selected as the preseason favorite in the OVC this year by D1Baseball.com. The Gamecocks are the fifth 30-win team from a year ago that the Boilermakers’ will have played during a challenging pre-conference slate. Purdue has another five-game week coming up, punctuated by a series at Northwestern next weekend to open Big Ten Conference play.
WARMING UP WITH THE WEATHER
- Zac Fascia (7-for-18), Cole McKenzie (7-for-19) and Skyler Hunter (8-for-22) are batting a combined .373 during spring break. Hunter has hit safely in all five games. McKenzie has reached base safely in a team-high nine consecutive games dating back to the series finale at Texas.
RALLY ME THIS
- The Boilermakers have overcome at least a three-run deficit three times during spring break. The comebacks over the past week have included…
- Game 1 vs. NJIT: Purdue trailed 3-0 in the eighth inning before scoring three times in the frame to send the game to extra innings. The Highlanders won 9-3 after a sixth-run rally in the 10th.
- Game 2 vs. NJIT: Purdue trailed 2-0, 3-2 and 7-3. The four-run deficit was entering the bottom of the seventh. The Boilermakers took an 8-7 lead the following frame and won 9-8 in walk-off fashion on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth.
- At Indiana State: Purdue trailed 3-0 entering the top of the fifth, but rallied to tie it up the following frame. ISU scored the game-deciding run in the bottom of the sixth.
- In 130 games under head coach Mark Wasikowski, Purdue is 54-2 when leading after seven innings. However, the Boilermakers have not held a lead after seven innings yet this season. In their three victories, they were tied after seven twice and trailed NJIT 7-6 in game 2 of last weekend’s doubleheader.
THE LAST TIME…
- Purdue visited the state of Alabama: March 1, 2014 for a dual-team doubleheader in Birmingham. After the Boilermakers’ weekend series at Missouri State was canceled that weekend due to ice storms, Butler and Samford agreed to allow Purdue to join their series at SU’s Joe Lee Griffin Field. It was Boilermakers vs. Bulldogs twice that day in Birmingham, with Purdue defeating Butler but losing to Samford. The Boilermakers went on to beat Butler in three different cities that season.
- Purdue played an Ohio Valley Conference opponent: March 2017 at Southeast Missouri. For their third weekend of 2017, Wasikowski’s first year as head coach, the Boilermakers visited Cape Girardeau and took two of three vs. the three-time defending OVC regular-season champ. At the time, it was Purdue’s first non-conference series win on the road since March 2013. Southeast Missouri returns the trip this season, visiting Alexander Field for the final weekend of April.
BOILERMAKERS ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY THIS CENTURY
- 2018: Lost 15-1 & 11-9 at Saint Louis
- 2017: Won 3-0 at Santa Clara
- 2015: Lost 5-3 at Louisville
- 2014: Lost 6-5 at San Diego State (10 Innings)
- 2012: Lost 8-2 & 5-3 at Wichita State
- 2010: Won 4-3 at Eastern Kentucky
- 2009: Lost 15-5 at Illinois-Chicago
- 2007: Lost 11-7 at Samford
- 2006: Won 7-1 at Saint Louis
- 2004: Lost 18-16 at Georgia Tech
- 2003: Won 4-2 at Belmont
- 2002: Won 4-0 at Coastal Carolina
- 2001: Lost 8-6 at Cal State Northridge
- 2000: Lost 7-4 at East Carolina