Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Purdue’s New Pastime?

Although many of you are looking ahead to football season as the Spring comes to a close, don’t put away your Purdue spirit until fall. The baseball team is pretty darned good if you haven’t heard, and by good, I mean they could probably beat the Pittsburgh Pirates...but that’s not saying much.

The Boilers are ranked 16th in the nation and have been making a run through the Big Ten so hard, that you can hear the screams for mercy.

Purdue's pitching rotation is strong; with the three starters, Lance Breedlove, Blake Mascarello, and Joe Hasse, who have a combined record of 18-3 on the season...pretty impressive.  If only the Cubs had that kind of pitching, we wouldn’t have to hear whining all the time.

The team has 8 fielders batting over .300 and can score in bunches, just ask Ball State (High School) who got beaten 15-2 the other day.

I guess what I’m really saying here is if you haven’t started paying attention to Purdue Baseball yet, you should start now. Being 28-5 overall, and 10-2 in conference play, this team is doing big things, and is definitely looking for a spot in the College World Series.

At 15th in the nation, and coming out of the North, it’s difficult to see them winning it all. But with a little luck and improvement, this team has an outside shot. With the season going into early June, it will definitely give you something to do while you sit around and wonder if Danny Hope can get it together this season. Even if you haven't done it since you were a kid, you might as well watch America’s pastime.

If you have unlimited funds to work with (and who doesn't), you might want to consider heading out to California for the series against the 11th ranked Bruins of UCLA. If not though, there are still plenty of home games coming up to get to West Lafayette for...and good seats are still available.

It’s definitely an exciting time for Purdue Baseball, and with such a hot start; this team is looking to carry the momentum into the postseason and beyond. If you haven’t watched college baseball before, this is a great chance to start and support your Boilermakers.

The team is next in action at Lincoln, Nebraska from 4/20 to 4/22.


Brad said...

Hmm... Given that I live here in SoCal, I might have to go see Purdue @ UCLA. Thanks for the tip!

T-Mill said...

Mascarello is actually a reliever that has been lights out and has somehow earned 6 wins, a rarity in a college reliever. Connor Podkul, a freshman, has become the No.3 starter on weekends the last two weeks.

ATL_Boilers said...

Having been to Omahoe for the CWS a few times, I really wish I'd gotten to see Purdue play when I was out there.

If/when they make it out there it is definitely a great experience, and I couldn't imagine what it would be like to actually have a dog in the fight instead of just going as a casual observer.

I couldn't recomend making the trip more as a college sports bucket list type deal - though I'm not sure what it will be like when the new Rosenblatt opens up.

Nice first post, Panda

T-Mill said...


The new stadium opened last year and the reviews have been pretty positive. My wife has wanted to go for years when her Canes are out there, and one year we're just going to have to do it.

Angela Pickett said...

Purdue's game against Nebraska this Firday will be live on the Big Ten Network. It is at 7:30 ET.

Collin Fultz said...

Two guys on my dorm floor were on the baseball team. The stadium is a pretty fun place...small enough that you feel like you can talk to the players. All of the guys were really nice.

They also did a "free laundry" promotion during a 3 game weekend series. Day 1: Come to the game and get a laundry bag. Day 2: Bring back dirty clothes. Day 3: Pick up clean, folded clothes. Pretty sweet deal as a freshman.

Eric said...

I've been searching around on-line and can't seem to find where replica baseball jerseys are for sale. collegebaseballshop.com doesn't carry Purdue. I've found youth jersey's, but nothing for men. Anyone know where one might be found?

PandaBoiler said...

Eric, Haven't seem them around the Bookstores, I'm not sure there is much of a market for them at this moment, say we win a championship and then we will start seeing more than just the authentic hats.

Eric said...

yeah, PandaBoiler, I was hoping with the increased success, a market would have developed. My wife went to UVA and we were in Charlottesville recently. Their bookstores are filled with baseball and lacrosse jerseys for sale, since they've had a lot of success with those two programs. I'll keep rooting for the baseball team and watch for jersey sales soon enough.

thanks for the write up on the team. If only the Cubs could be so good...