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Purdue's new Alexander Field nears completion

The next time the Purdue baseball team is picked to host an NCAA regional, it will do so in its own backyard. This past season, of course, Big Ten champ Purdue was forced to go to Gary, Ind., where it hosted a regional at U.S. Steel Yard, because Lambert Field didn’t meet NCAA requirements. If and when it happens again, the nearly completed Alexander Field will be more than capable to host such action. See an updated picture, courtesy of the Purdue baseball Facebook page, of the stadium. That’s a nice college baseball park. Here’s a picture of the exterior,

Former Boiler Plawecki hits clutch pro home run

Former Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki is no stranger to hitting clutch home runs. It was only a little more than a month ago, in fact, that the Big Ten Player of the Year smacked this eighth-inning, go-ahead home run against rival Indiana in the Big Ten tourney title game featured here. Plawecki was up to his late-inning magic again Monday night, hitting his second career pro home run to tie the score in the ninth. Watch the home run here. Notice the similarities between the two bombs? Monday night’s was more of a laser, but the pitch location, the swing

Who was taken in 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft?

The 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft wrapped up Wednesday, with Rounds 16-40, and a total of 30 Big Ten products were selected during the three-day event. You can relive the entire draft with MLB.com’s Draft Tracker. On Monday, Purdue catcher and Big Ten Player of the Year Kevin Plawecki was taken with the 35th pick by the New York Mets. See all the Big Ten selections in this post, along with tweets and video. Also, visit MLB.com’s Draft Central for all your draft needs. Big Ten Players Selected 35. C Kevin Plawecki, Jr., Purdue – New York Mets Plawecki is 3rd

Kentucky ousts Big Ten champ Purdue, 6-3

No. 14 Purdue baseball got off to a good start with two runs in the first inning Sunday, but another rally by the opposition was the difference in a 6-3 loss to Kentucky that eliminated the Boilers from the NCAA Gary Regional. It was a memorable season for Purdue (45-14), which won the Big Ten title for the first time since 1909, claimed its first Big Ten tourney crown, qualified for the NCAA tourney for the first time since 1987 and hosted an NCAA Regional for the first time en route to setting a program record for wins. [Read full

Breedlove, Boilers fall against Kent State

(AP) Ryan Bores scattered nine hits in his first career complete game, and Jimmy Rider drove in three runs as Kent State extended its winning streak to 19 with 7-3 win over top-seeded Purdue. The Golden Flashes (43-17), who have the nation’s longest active streak, will play in a NCAA regional final for the second consecutive year. Bores (9-2) saved a pitching staff that worked through 21 innings in a 7-6 victory over Kentucky on Friday night. Rider — the career hits leader for Kent State and Mid-American Conference — had three more to give him 349. [Read more from

Purdue drops Valparaiso, 7-2

No. 14 Purdue baseball scored all seven of its runs with two outs and Joe Haase earned his program-record 11th win of the season with seven innings of one-run ball, leading the Boilermakers to a 7-2 win against Valparaiso Friday evening on the opening night of the NCAA Tournament. Purdue (45-12) will play Kent State Saturday at 8 p.m. ET at U.S. Steel Yard ballpark. The Golden Flashes outlasted Kentucky, 7-6, in a 21-inning marathon Friday, a game that ranks as the second longest in NCAA Division I Tournament history.  That game will air on BTN and BTN2Go.com. Read more

Tourney Time: Purdue Plays Tonight on BTN

BTN & BTN2Go is airing all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional. The other three teams in this one of 16 NCAA regional events: No. 2 regional seed Kentucky, No. 3 regional seed Kent State and No. 4 regional seed Valparaiso. Kentucky plays Kent State at 4 p.m. ET and Purdue plays Valparaiso at 8 p.m. ET. On Saturday, BTN will televise Purdue’s second game, which will be against Kent State or Kentucky in either the winners’ or losers’ bracket, given the double-elimination nature of the regionals. Should Purdue advance, it will

BTN to Air All Purdue Games in Gary Regional

BTN & BTN2Go will have live coverage of all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional, the network announced today. After winning both the Big Ten regular season and Big Ten Tournament, Purdue opens play in the 2012 NCAA Tournament at 8 p.m. ET on Friday. With an overall record of 44-12, Purdue earned the top seed in the Gary Regional and plays Valparaiso in its first game. On Saturday, BTN will televise Purdue’s second game, which will be against Kent State or Kentucky in either the winners’ or losers’ bracket, given the

Big Ten suspends Charles, Smith for tourney scuffle

On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference office announced it has suspended Purdue’s Eric Charles and Indiana’s Casey Smith for one game apiece for their roles in the bench-clearing brawl during Saturday night’s 2012 Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game. Charles will serve his suspension during Purdue’s opening NCAA Championship game Friday, while Smith will be suspended for Indiana’s 2013 season opener. Watch the play that resulted in the suspensions now. According to a BigTen.org release, the conference determined the actions of Charles and Smith violated Big Ten Conference Agreement 10.01.1.A.1 – “Striking or attempting to strike or otherwise physically abusing

Purdue, Michigan State Make NCAA Plans

After winning the Big Ten’s regular season and then winning the school’s first Big Ten tournament championship, Purdue’s baseball team now knows what they’ll be doing as a No. 1 regional seed in the first round of the NCAA baseball tournament. Michigan State landed in the field of 64, too. The Boilermakers will play Valparaiso in the first round on Friday and they’ll be hosting the NCAA regional in Gary, Indiana. Kent State and Kentucky are the other two teams in that regional. Our friends at Purduesports.com have plenty of baseball coverage that includes live game blogs for each Purdue