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Fighting Erstads vs Purdue Games 30-32

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Purdue (10-17, 4-1 Big Ten) at Nebraska (14-9, 4-2 Big Ten)
April 5-7, 2019
Hawks Field at Haymarket Park • Lincoln, Neb.


Friday, April 5 • 6:32 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Matt Waldron (3-0) vs. Patrick J. Smith (3-1)


Saturday, April 6 • 2:05 p.m. (CT)
Video Stream: BTN Plus
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Nate Fisher (4-1) vs. Andrew Bohm (0-3)


Sunday, April 7 • 12:02 p.m. (CT)
Radio: Husker Sports Network
Reece Eddins (1-2) vs. Ryan Beard (0-3)

Game Notes:
 Nebraska leads the all-time series against Purdue, 11-9, dating back to 1899. The Boilermakers hold a 4-2 edge in Lincoln against the Huskers.

 Players to Watch

  •     » No. 4 Skyler Hunter (Junior OF): Leads the team in batting average (.340), runs scored (15), hits (32) and triples (2)
  •     » No. 7 Zac Fascia (Junior C): Batting .263 with 25 hits and a team-high 11 RBIs
  •     » No. 32 Cole McKenzie (Junior OF/1B): Hitting .260 with 27 hits and seven RBIs


Rest of game notes here.

Edited by hskrfan4life
Updated with TV times
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From College Baseball Daily's Big Ten Preview:



Purdue (2018 Record: 38-21, 17-6)

It was an exceptional season for Purdue as they finished second in the Big Ten and lost in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament to the number one seed. They earned an at-large bid and went 1-2 in the Chapel Hill Regional.

Returning Players

Skyler Hunter and Ben Nisle will both be back in the outfield as they finished last year as two of the team’s top three hitters. Hunter batted .333 with 49 runs scored, 13 doubles, 1 home runs, 39 RBI, and 11 stolen bases. Nisle hit .304 with 7 home runs and 43 RBI.

Senior Ryan Beard should get a chance in the weekend rotation after making 11 starts last year with a 4.26 ERA in 57 innings pitched with 45 strikeouts. Bo Hofstra posted a 3.61 ERA in 52.1 innings pitched with 49 strikeouts. Dalton Parker had a 3.21 ERA in 28 innings pitched with 22 strikeouts. Andrew Bohm will have a bigger role in the pitching staff after posting a 4.50 ERA in 30 innings pitched with 29 strikeouts.


Three transfers will have a chance to come in and help bolster this lineup in Zac Fascia (Jr, C/1B/DH), Cole McKenzie (Jr, 1B/OF), and Johnny Sage (Jr, OF). Freshman Ryan Howe will have a chance to earn some playing time on the infield.

James Kulak is a left-handed pitcher that could see some significant innings as a freshman. 

Outlook for 2019

Purdue loses a lot of experience from last year’s NCAA Regional team, but the coaching staff feels like they will be much deeper in the outfield in 2019. They lose their top two starters and closer, but they may have more depth there this year. They hope to continue to become a more athletic and situationally sound team this season. They have a very difficult schedule early in the season that will tell us a lot about this team.



Predicted Order to Finish:

1. Indiana

2. Michigan

3. Minnesota 

4. Illinois

5. Purdue

6. Ohio State

7. Iowa

8. Michigan State

9. Nebraska

10. Rutgers

11. Maryland

12. Penn State

13. Northwestern


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