Baseball Travels To No. 13 Purdue Wednesday
What's On Tap . . .
Ball State steps out of Mid-American Conference play Wednesday afternoon as it travels to West Lafayette, Ind., for a meeting with No. 13 Purdue ... Game time is set for 4 p.m. at Lambert Field in the Cardinals return trip of a home-and-home series ... Wednesday's game begin a stretch of 11 road games in the Cardinals' final 14 regular season games.
Live stats will be available at www.ballstatesports.com/livestats ... Additionally, updates will be posted on Twitter @BallUBaseball.
Probable Starting Pitchers. . .
Ball State will send freshman right-hander Scott Baker to the hill Wednesday afternoon, but will use multiple pitchers in the non-conference contest ... Purdue will counter with left-hander Calvin Gunter.
Baker will be making his 13 appearance and fourth start of the season Wednesday ... He has a 6.84 ERA in 26.1 innings of work while striking out 24 and walking 21 batters ... He started last week against Northwestern Ohio working 4.1 innings and allowing four runs on five hits in the no decision.
Gunter will be making his 10th appearance and eighth start of the season Wednesday ... He as a 2-1 record with a 4.28 ERA in 33.2 innings as he has struck out 18 and walked 20 batters ... He worked 2.0 innings last week against Illinois-Chicago in relief and allowed just one hit.
Series History . . .
Wednesday's game marks the 84th meeting all-time between Ball State and Purdue, dating back to April 11, 1930 ... The Cardinals trail the all-time series by a 47-34-2 record as they have dropped five straight in the series and seven out of the last eight meetings.
Earlier this season, Purdue recorded a 15-2 victory over the Cardinals in Ball Diamond ... The Boilermakers scored 12 runs in the sixth inning to break open a 3-2 contest ... Purdue posted 17 hits in the victory and took advantage of five errors ... Left-hander Calvin Gunter, Wednesday's starting pitcher, worked 2.0 shutout innings of relief in the Purdue victory.
Coaching Comparison . . .
Ball State head coach Alex Marconi enters his second season at the helm ... Marconi posted a 15-35 record last year after working for five years as an assistant coach for BSU under former head coach Greg Beals (Ohio State).
Purdue is led by 14-year head coach Doug Schreiber who owns a 411-354 record during his career ... Schreiber spent two season as an assistant coach at Ball State (1991-92) under former head coach Pat Quinn.
Scouting The Cardinals . . .
Ball State enters Wednesday's game with an 11-26 overall record and a 6-9 mark in Mid-American Conference play ... The Cardinals have won four out of their last five games, including taking two out of three from MAC West leader Eastern Michigan over the weekend ... Ball State has scored 150 runs (4.1 runs/game) while posting a .244 batting average ... Opponents have scored 273 runs (7.4 runs/game) and is batting .297 against as a team.
Senior second baseman Mitch Widau leads the team with a .289 batting average ... Widau is third on the team with 33 hits and second on the team with 17 RBI ... Sophomore T.J. Weir leads the team with 36 hits, 19 RBI, nine doubles and two home runs ... Junior Wes Winkle also has posted 36 hits on the year with a .275 batting average.
In the bullpen, right-hander Chris Marangon leads the team with 15 appearances ... Marangon has a 4.50 ERA in 44.0 innings of work while posting two saves ... Left-hander Devin Wilburn has also appeared in 15 games and has a 6.05 ERA in 19.1 innings of work ... Left-hander Jon Cisna has a 7.63 ERA in 15.1 innings while fellow southpaw has a 5.73 ERA in 22.0 innings.
Scouting The Boilermakers . . .
Purdue enters the week with a 31-6 overall record and plays at Illinois State Tuesday evening ... The Boilermakers own a 12-3 mark in Big Ten play to sit alone in first place ... Purdue has scored 269 runs (6.4 runs/game) while posting a .327 batting average as a team ... Opponents have scored 143 runs (3.9 runs/game) and are batting .243 as a team.
Cameron Perkins leads the Boilermakers with a .384 batting average ... Perkins also leads the team in hits (58), RBI (43), runs (38), doubles (10) and home runs (6) ... Eric Charles is second on the team with a .378 batting average and is second with 54 hits ... Kevin Plawecki is second on the team with 31 RBI while leading the team with 16 doubles.
In the bullpen, Blake Mascarello leads the team with 18 appearances ... Mascarello has a 2.08 ERA in 43.1 innings of work while posting a 7-1 record ... Nick Wittgren has appeared in 16 games and has a 1.57 ERA in 23.0 innings while posting eight saves as the Purdue closer.
Looking Ahead . . .
Ball State returns to Mid-American Conference play this weekend as it travels to Toledo for a three-game series against the MAC West Division leading Rockets.