Baseball Hosts Purdue Wednesday
Ball State Cardinals (23-20; MAC 11-10)
Wednesday: Purdue at Ball State (3:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Friday: Toledo at Ball State (3:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Saturday: Toledo at Ball State (1:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Sunday: Toledo at Ball State (1:00) -- Muncie, Ind.
Live on www.ballstatesports.com with Joel Godett
SCOUTING PURDUE: Purdue is 16-27 overall and 5-13 in the Big Ten Conference . . . The Boilermakers, coached by former Ball State graduate assistant Doug Schreiber (1991-92), swept a three game series at home vs. Southern Illinois last weekend.
THE SERIES: Ball State and Purdue have met 83 times and the Boilermakers own a 47-34-2 all-time edge . . . Purdue won last year's meeting in West Lafayette, Ind., by a 15-2 margin.
MALONEY MILESTONES: Rich Maloney, who tallied his 600th career victory in Ball State's win at Lipscomb Feb. 23, tallied his 300th career conference victory April 6 at his alma mater, Western Michigan . . . Maloney served as Ball State's head coach from 1996-2002 and Michigan's head mentor from 2003-12 before returning to the Cardinals . . . He owns a 308-176 career record in conference games between the Big Ten Conference and Mid-American Conference . . . In addition, Maloney owns a 152-70 record in MAC games . . . Maloney owns a 279-164-1 all-time coaching mark at Ball State and needs 21 victories to reach 300 wins with the Cardinals . . . The record for head coaching wins at Ball State is 323 by Pat Quinn, a current associate athletic director at the school . . . Quinn amassed 323 wins from 1983-95.
MAC SWEEP: In addition to registering a three game series at Eastern Michigan last weekend, Ball State has swept the Mid-American Conference's West Division weekly awards . . . T.J. Weir was named the MAC West Pitcher of the Week, while Wes Winkle was named the Player of the Week.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Scott Baker ranks ninth in the nation in pitching victories with nine . . . . Baker and Chris Marangon are tied for 15th nationally in games started with 12 apiece . . . Baker ranks 49th in the nation with 77 strikeouts . . . Baker is 61st in the country with a 1.88 ERA.