Purdue (9-4) at Southeastern Louisiana (11-6)
Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ET
Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field / Hammond, Louisiana
All-Time Series: First Meeting
Purdue at Nicholls State (4-12)
Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. ET
Ben Meyer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field / Thibodaux, Louisiana
All-Time Series: First Meeting
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Tuesday: TBA for Purdue vs. TBA for SELU
Wednesday: TBA for Purdue vs. TBA for Nicholls
METAIRIE, La. – Purdue baseball continues its eight-game spring break trip by remaining in Louisiana for midweek games vs. first-time foes Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls State.
The Boilermakers fly from New Orleans to St. Louis on Thursday morning, but first they’ll have short bus trips to Hammond and Thibodaux for 7 p.m. ET night games Tuesday and Wednesday. Southeastern Louisiana’s campus is 50 miles north of the team hotel in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. It’s another 50-mile bus ride west to the edge of Bayou Lafourche on Wednesday for the game at Nicholls State.
The Lions and Colonels are both members of the Southland Conference.
Purdue has not played a pair of first-time opponents on consecutive days since splitting with Kennesaw State and Georgia State during the 2016 season-opening weekend at the Atlanta Challenge. Nick Dalesandro delivered the big hit in the win against GSU, a two-run double in the ninth inning to break a 3-3 tie. It remains the only game of the junior’s college career that he did not start. Georgia State men’s basketball was staying in the same hotel as the Boilermakers this past weekend; the Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Sunday to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Boilermakers aim to get back to its winning ways after dropping three of its last four games. The series loss at Tulane to open the spring break trip was the first weekend this season in which the Purdue did not post a winning record.
BOILERMAKERS LEADING THE BIG TEN
- Purdue enters the week tops in the conference in team batting average (.307), on-base percentage (.406) and slugging percentage (.453). Six different Boilermakers are leading the league in at least one category.
- Skyler Hunter – Batting Average (.431)
- Jacson McGowan – Home Runs (6), On-Base Percentage (.508), Slugging Percentage (.837)
- Tanner Andrews – ERA (0.99)
- Harry Shipley: Sacrifice Bunts (4)
- Ben Nisle – Sacrifice Flies (3)
- Nick Dalesandro – Runners Thrown Out Stealing (8)
HUNTER WITH A HIT IN THE FIRST 13 GAMES
- Skyler Hunter has hit safely in each of the 13 games this season, recording multiple hits seven times. That’s the longest hit streak by a Boilermaker since Eric Charles enjoyed a 15-game run late in the 2011 campaign. Other single-season hit streaks of at least 13 games since 2007 includes…
- Ryne White – 24 in 2007
- Cameron Perkins – 20 in 2011
- Brandon Haveman – 20 in 2009
- Eric Charles – 14 in 2009
- Jon Moore – 14 in 2008
- Ryne White – 14 in 2008
- Jordan Comadena – 14 in 2007
- Ryan Bridges – 13 in 2010
- Brandon Haveman – 13 in 2008
- Ben Wolgamot – 13 in 2008
QUICK LOOK AT SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
- The Lions have qualified for an NCAA Regional three times in the last four seasons and won at least 35 games every year since 2009. Under fifth-year head coach Matt Riser, Southeastern has won a pair of Southland Conference titles and earned the program’s first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament (2016). This year, the Lions won five of their first six games and already have midweek wins vs. in-state rivals Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU and Tulane.
- Southeastern has 52 stolen bases in 17 games. Drew Avans (.340, 17 walks, 10 steals) and Cody Grosse (.338, 16 runs, 9 steals) rank 1-2 on the team in both batting average and steals. Grosse is from Plainfield, Illinois. Eight different Lions have already homered this season and their balanced lineup features five players with at least 10 RBI.
- On the mound, right-handers Jace Nini and Corey Gaconi started the midweek games last week vs. Toledo and Tulane. Will Warren (9 Ks in 8 2/3 IP) and Trey Shaffer (16 Ks in 11 IP) have been Southeastern’s most effective relievers.
QUICK LOOK AT NICHOLLS STATE
- The Colonels had the same record (29-27) as Purdue last season and were also .500 in conference play, posting 21 of their 29 wins at home. They struggled early this season, losing 10 of their first 11. But Nicholls won three straight last week and was competitive in all three games of its conference-opening weekend vs. Northwestern State despite losing the series.
- Lee Clark has been the Colonels’ top run producer, leading the team with seven extra-base hits and 13 RBI. Ethan Valdez (.367, only 6 Ks in 60 at-bats) and Joey Morales (.327, 10 RBI) are also off to solid starts at the plate. Defensively, Nicholls has committed 30 errors in 16 games, leading to 33 unearned runs.
- Jacob Bedevian and Bryan Taylor started last week’s midweek wins vs. Sacred Heart, but both pitched in Sunday’s rubber game vs. Northwestern State. Cayden Hatcher (3.22 ERA, 23 Ks) has led the pitching staff. The right-hander has not walked a batter in 22 1/3 innings while making six of his eight appearances in relief. Nicholls’ staff has given up 60 extra-base hits in 141 innings this season.