Purdue’s Barco, Eoff Named All-Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s golfers Fernando Barco and Austin Eoff were named second-team All-Big Ten, the league office announced this afternoon.

It marks the second straight year, and third time in Rob Bradley’s four years, that at least two Purdue golfers have been named All-Big Ten. Prior to Bradley’s arrival, Purdue hadn’t had a pair of all-league golfers in the same season since 2007.

Barco, a senior from Lima, Peru, owns the second-best single-season stroke average in school history at 72.23 and has five top-20 finishes in nine events this year. Over his last five tournaments, he has finished tied for 12th, third, tied for 12th, tied for seventh and tied for 16th. He has had a counting score in 17 consecutive rounds and owns 11 rounds of even-par or better this year.

For his career, Barco ranks fifth on the career stroke average list (73.55) and he owns 15 career top-20 finishes in 33 career events.

Eoff, a senior from Benton, Arkansas, was also named to the second team after ranking third on the Purdue single-season stroke average list at 72.38 strokes per round. The career leader in stroke average (72.72), Eoff became the third player in school history to be named All-Big Ten four times, joining Lenny Hartlage (1984-87) and Peter Richardson (2004-07).

Owning one of the most-accomplished careers in Purdue golf history, Eoff is fourth in career top-10 finishes (16) and should Purdue advance to the NCAA National Championships, he will tie the school record for most events played (52). He owns the school record for consecutive top-10 finishes (8), which he accomplished from spring of 2015 to spring of 2016.

The duo will lead Purdue into the NCAA Regionals at the Kampen Course on May 15 to 17. Regional selections will be announced Thursday, May 4, at noon ET, on the Golf Channel.

Purdue Golf to Learn Regional Field Thursday

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 38-ranked Purdue men’s golf team knows its destination for regionals, but will have to wait until the official announcement Thursday, May 4, on the Golf Channel, beginning at noon ET.

The Golf Channel will broadcast the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship selection show on Thursday, beginning at noon ET. Eighty-one teams and select individuals will be sent to one-of-six sites around the country. From there, the top-five team finishers from the six regional sites will advance to the NCAA National Championships on May 26 to 31, at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Should Purdue be selected, it will compete at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, on May 15 to 17.

Purdue is looking for its fourth straight NCAA Regionals appearance, which will tie for the second-longest NCAA appearance streak in school history, behind the 19 consecutive appearances made from 1949 to 1967.

Purdue is 1-of-3 Big Ten schools to advance to three straight NCAA Regionals, joining just Illinois and Iowa on the list. Since 2013, Purdue and Illinois are the only Big Ten schools to reach the national championship round.

Purdue’s 28 NCAA National Championship appearance are the third most for a “northern” school, behind Ohio State (46) and BYU (30). Purdue’s 28 appearances in the national championships are the second most for a Big Ten school.

The five other regional sites include the University Club (Baton Rouge, La.; LSU), The Grove (Murfreesboro, Tenn.; MTSU), Stanford Golf Course (Palo Alto, Calif.; Stanford), UT Golf Club (Austin, Texas; Texas) and Washington National Golf Club (Auburn, Wash.; Washington).

This will be the fifth NCAA competition held at the Kampen Course, but the first since the 2008 men’s national championships. The course has also hosted the 2001 women’s regional, 2003 women’s national championships, 2004 men’s regional and the above-mentioned 2008 men’s national championship.

Purdue’s Morgan Burke Honored with CSCAA’s McCaffree Award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) — Longtime Purdue athletics director and swimming & diving alum Morgan Burke has been honored for his contributions to the sport with the Charles McCaffree Award from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.

The McCaffree Award is presented annually to an individual connected to the sport of swimming & diving who has achieved outstanding success outside of the pool. Burke will be recognized at the CSCAA’s 57th-annual awards banquet May 8 at the Bahia Resort in San Diego.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition than Morgan Burke,” Purdue president Mitch Daniels said. “He has remained committed to supporting Purdue’s swimmers and divers since his undergraduate days as a member of the team, through his tenure as our athletics director, during which he could often be found poolside, cheering on our student-athletes and keeping personal track of their times and scores. Purdue is proud of his legacy as one of the outstanding athletics directors in the country, and we’re glad to see his particular commitment to swimming and diving recognized with this terrific honor.”

Burke left an indelible mark on Purdue as athletics director from 1993 to 2016, while making his name as one of the visionary leaders in intercollegiate athletics. Prior to his retirement, Burke had the fourth-longest tenure among athletics directors at FBS institutions.

Recognizing the need for contemporary facilities, Burke and his staff identified and addressed construction and renovation projects benefiting every program since the start of the new millennium – with an investment of more than a quarter of a billion dollars. Among the new construction projects was the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, which opened in August 2001. It helped elevate the national profile of Purdue swimming & diving, providing the training amenities and environment that allowed David Boudia to develop from an NCAA champion to an Olympic gold medalist. The facility has also served as the host of the 2005 and 2010 NCAA Women’s Championships, the 2006 U.S. Open and six Big Ten Championships.

Burke was promoted to university vice president in February of 2014.

In 2010, Burke was honored as the Football Bowl Subdivision Central Region Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

Beyond Purdue, Burke is past president of the Division 1A Athletic Directors Association and previously served on the NCAA Leadership Council, which identifies important issues surrounding the future of the NCAA and reports to the Board of Directors. He also served on several Big Ten boards (Executive, Program/Budget and Compliance committees) and NCAA working groups (Championships and Competitions and Postseason Football committees).

A 1973 industrial management graduate and captain of the swimming team his senior year, Burke was a member of Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honorary. He earned a master’s degree in industrial relations from Purdue in 1975 and law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1990.

Known as the athletics director who came down from the grandstands because he was an avid fan and member of the John Purdue Club long before he was appointed to lead Purdue Athletics, Burke has vowed to return to the stands to cheer on the Boilermakers in retirement.

John Klinge – Purdue Women’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach, 2008-present (also a Purdue swimming alum)

“Morgan has been a tremendous leader for Purdue Athletics. The Purdue swimming & diving family could not be more proud of his career and the impact he has made on our programs, Purdue Athletics and the countless student-athletes he has impacted.”

Dan Ross – Purdue Men’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach, 1985-present (also a Purdue swimming alum)

“I have known Morgan since he worked at Inland Steel and attended our meets, including the Big Ten Championships my freshman year in 1977. He has been a Purdue guy his entire life and indisputably will leave a legacy of impacting every sport at Purdue via facility upgrades and a cumulative goal-oriented athletics department. He was there for me through some tough times personally and professionally, and for that I am hugely indebted to him. I hope he and Kate can relax, cheer on their Boilermakers and someday realize with a smile their true impact on Purdue University. Morgan guided Purdue Athletics into the 21st century and beyond, and left it all the better as he passed the reins to Mike Bobinski.”

Cathy Wright-Eger – Purdue Women’s Swimming & Diving Head Coach, 1987-2008

“Morgan was the type of athletics director that a swim coach dreams about. He knew all the swimmers and divers, knew their times and even their splits. He is such an advocate for the sport of swimming & diving, and has always made decisions best for the entire sport. I have learned many leadership lessons from Morgan and will always hold a place in my heart for him.”

Purdue Softball Takes Series Opener 4-2

Purdue (15-21, 4-0 B1G) takes the series opener 4-2 against Iowa (6-21, 0-4 B1G) on Kaitlynn Moody’s complete game in which both runs were unearned. With the sophomore’s sixth win of the season the Boilermakers remain undefeated at home and have now won five consecutive contests.

 

“We had some key hits tonight at the right time,” said head coach Boo De Oliveira. “Our team showed a lot of fortitude by recovering from early errors. They are truly locked into the process of having a quick failure recovery, owning their confidence, and executing. It’s exciting to see them play at a high caliber and embrace the grind.”

 

Maya Hughes extended her hitting streak to five games with her fourth multi-hit performance in that stretch. The junior outfielder finished with a run batted in as well as a run scored which was set up by her third triple of the season. Mallory Baker also finished with a multi-hit game with an RBI, a run scored and two doubles, giving her nine in 2017.

 

Moody grinded out seven innings, allowing just two unearned runs to go along with three strikeouts. With her performance she lowers her earned run average to 2.73 on the season and has gone seven innings in each of her last three starts.

 

Hughes kicked off the game with a bang, roping a ball to right and coasting into third for an easy triple. Baker took advantage of the leadoff hit with a double to score Hughes and lift Purdue to a 1-0 advantage in the first.

 

The Boilermakers struck again in the second inning as Lexi Huffman doubled to right to score Erika Beeler who was pinch running for Moody after she reached second on an error by the Iowa shortstop. The lineup then turned over to Hughes who singled to score Huffman.

 

After the Hawkeyes chipped away at Purdue’s lead in the third, capitalizing on a pair of errors to pull within one, the Boilermakers responded in the fifth when Baker doubled to left and an error by the Hawkeyes’ third baseman in an attempt to record the third out of the inning allowed Baker to score.

 

Moody finished the game with four scoreless frames to hold off Iowa and seal the victory for the Boilermakers.

 

The series continues in Bittinger Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

Purdue Baseball Visits Ohio St. for First Time Since 2012

WEEKEND SERIES INFORMATION
Purdue (13-11, 1-2 B1G) at Ohio State (10-14, 0-3 B1G)
Friday to Sunday, March 31 to April 2 at 6:30, 6 and 1 p.m. ET / Game 2 on BTN, BTN2Go
Bill Davis Stadium / Columbus, Ohio
All-Time Series: OSU leads 145-62-1 / All-Time in Columbus: OSU leads 77-23
2016: OSU swept a 3-game series (April 29-May 1 in West Lafayette)
Last Series in Columbus & Purdue’s Last Series Win vs. OSU: Purdue won 2-of-3 (March 2012)

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday: Tanner Andrews (Jr, RHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State
Saturday: Gareth Stroh (So, LHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State
Sunday: Mike Kornacker (So, RHP) vs. TBA for Ohio State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) – For the last of its seven consecutive weekends on the road to begin the season, Purdue baseball makes its first visit to Ohio State in five years.

First pitch at Bill Davis Stadium in the Ohio’s state capital is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday (all times ET). The Boilermakers will make their season debut on the Big Ten Network on Saturday.

Purdue has not visited Columbus since winning the 2012 Big Ten Tournament at Huntington Park, the home of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. The Boilermakers’ first conference weekend of that dual-championship season was its last visit to Ohio State’s campus. The Buckeyes were the first-ever opponent at Alexander Field in 2013 and also made the trip to West Lafayette in 2014 and 2016.

Ohio State is in the midst of a nine-game homestand that concludes Wednesday with a midweek game against Kent State. While Purdue plays its first two conference weekends on the road, the Buckeyes are at home for their first two. But they’re just 2-6 since opening their home schedule March 18, getting swept by Xavier and Minnesota the last two weekends.

The road team has won each of the last seven Purdue-OSU series dating back to 2007. The teams did not play in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

BATS QUIET SINCE SCORING 16 IN MIDWEEK OPENER
• The Boilermakers have experienced lots of ups and downs offensively over the first month and a half of the season. During the recent seven-game win streak, the offense peaked with a 16-run outburst in the midweek opener at Ball State. But Purdue has scored just eight runs in its five games since. The pitching has picked up the slack and helped the Boilermakers win two of those games. Purdue has surrendered runs in only nine of the 43 innings in which it has been in the field over the last five. However, 15 of the 19 runs against have been scored in just five frames.
• Evan Warden (14) and Harry Shipley (12) enter the weekend ranked 1-2 nationally in hit by pitch. The Boilermakers lead the Big Ten in that category (36) as well as sacrifice bunts (25) and sac flies (17). Purdue is also second in doubles (54), but has had the most base runners erased in the conference via ground ball double plays (18) and caught stealings (14).

FOUR BOILERMAKERS RIDING NOTABLE STREAKS
• Nick Dalesandro, Ross Learnard, Skyler Hunter and Tanner Andrews all enter the weekend riding a notable streak. Dalesandro and Hunter have reached base safely in 20 and 14 consecutive games. Leanard and Andrews have pitched 14 and 13 consecutive scoreless innings. Dalesandro’s reached base safely streak is the longest among active Boilermakers and the first 20-game single-season run by a Purdue player since Kyle Wood (24) in 2014. Learnard (17 IP) and fellow reliever Dalton Parker (19 2/3 IP) have both allowed run(s) in only one inning this season. Learnard’s streak is the longest by a Purdue pitcher since Matt Gibbs worked 17 consecutive scoreless innings, also all as a reliever, in 2014.
• The Boilermakers are 5-1 on Fridays this season behind Andrews. He’s the first Purdue pitcher since Joe Haase in April 2012 to work at least six scoreless innings in consecutive starts. Haase was also the last Boilermaker to lead Purdue to three shutout wins in a season, which Andrews has already done. Andrews is big reason why Purdue has won two weekend series and has yet to be swept this year. From 2014 to 2016, the Boilermakers only won three weekend series. Purdue has won as many games this month (10) as it did in all of last season. The Boilermakers had not had a 10-win month since going 10-5 in May 2012, a month that culminated with the Big Ten Tournament title in Columbus.

QUICK LOOK AT OHIO STATE
• The Buckeyes’ sweep at Alexander Field the final weekend of April last year ignited their late-season surge. They won 18 of 22 down the stretch, including five games at the Big Ten Tournament to claim the title, en route to qualifying for an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2009. But Ohio State lost a number of experienced upperclassmen from last year’s team and has struggled on weekends this year. The Buckeyes are just 6-13 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
• Fishers, Indiana, native Tre’ Gantt leads OSU in batting average (.318), hits (28), runs (18), doubles (6) and walks (18). Jacob Barnwell (.301) is the only other regular batting over .270 as the Buckeyes’ team batting average has dipped to .240. Ohio State has hit 22 home runs in 24 games, but the long balls have accounted for 33 percent of their extra-base hits (67). The Buckeyes are fourth in the Big Ten in homers but only ninth in slugging percentage (.393). By comparison, of Purdue’s 71 extra-base hits in 24 games, only 11 (15 percent) have been homers.
• Right-handers Jake Post, Adam Niemeyer and Ryan Feltner have comprised the weekend rotation for much of the season, but Ohio State has opted to not announce its starting pitchers prior to the series this week. Seth Kinker has excelled as a relief ace, surrendering just four extra-base hits while striking out 21 in 22 innings. He has a win and three saves in 12 appearances. Lefty Connor Curlis (25 Ks in 20 2/3) earned the game two start against Minnesota last weekend in place of Niemeyer.

Baseball: Purdue 3, Kent St. 2

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (www.purduesports.com) – Purdue baseball took advantage of having the chance to bat last for the first time this season, scoring twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to rally for a 3-2 walk-off win vs. Kent State in the home opener Tuesday at Alexander Field.

Pinch runner Milo Beam scored the game-tying run on a balk after going first to third on a hit-and-run single by Skyler Hunter. Logan Poisall followed with the game-winning RBI on a slow chopper to shortstop that went for an infield hit. Poisall joined Alec Olund and Nick Dalesandro as active Boilermakers with a walk-off hit.

Purdue (13-10) won its home opener for the 12th time in the last 16 years dating back to 2002 and snapped Kent State’s six-game win streak.

All seven runs scored in the game were unearned after the Boilermakers took advantage of a pair of passed balls and an error gave the Golden Flashes (15-7) an extra out in the sixth inning.

Jack Dellinger worked 7 1/3 innings of four-hit ball in the longest outing of his freshman season. He struck out five and did not issue a walk. The top of the sixth was the only inning in which he allowed multiple base runners. Ross Learnard (2-0) retired five of the six batters he faced to lower his ERA to 0.53 this season and extend his consecutive scoreless innings pitched streak to 14.

Hunter’s two-out single in the ninth inning extended his reached base safely streak to 13 consecutive games. Nick Dalesandro singled twice to push his reached safely streak to 19 straight games, but Kent State closer Zach Spangler (0-1) retired Dalesandro to open the ninth inning. After a long at-bat, Spangler struck out Jacson McGowan. But strike three caromed off the glove of catcher Pete Schuler. McGowan was able to beat the throw to first base on the dropped strike three to put the tying run aboard

Running for McGowan, Beam was able to make it to third base on Hunter’s single through the left side. After Hunter stole second, Beam’s activity at third base got Spangler to commit a balk, allowing both runners to advance. Poisall’s grounder got past Spangler, but was hit slowly enough that shortstop Josh Hollander had to rush the play and was not able to make a throw to first

Harry Shipley drove in Purdue’s first run with a RBI single down the right field line in third inning, plating Evan Warden after the Boilermakers’ second baseman had reached on an infield single to open the frame.

Kent State relievers had retired seven consecutive Purdue batters entering the ninth inning, striking out four. The Boilermakers stranded Dalesandro at third base as the tying run in the sixth inning.

Two doubles, a sac bunt and an error gave the Golden Flashes the lead in the sixth inning. With a man on third and one out, Purdue brought the infield in. Dellinger got Luke Burch, KSU’s leading hitter, to hit a grounder to second base, but the ball got past Warden. That allowed the runner to score after Sam Hurt initially held his ground at third base on contact. Dylan Rosa made it hurt even more when he delivered a two-out RBI to left field.

The Boilermakers continue midweek play Wednesday when they host Valparaiso at 6 p.m. ET.

Purdue Men’s Golf Finishes 7th in Hootie at Bulls Bay

#BoilerNotes

  • Fernando Barco has recorded even or under-par rounds in seven straight rounds, tied for the second-longest streak for a Purdue player since the 2001-02 season.
  • Barco now has 10 even or under-par rounds in 20 total rounds thos year, tied for the second-best percentage in Purdue history (.500; Lee Williamson is first at 64.9 percent).
  • Jarle Volden has posted back-to-back top-20 finishes for the first time in his career, coming in 12th at both the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate and the Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational.
  • Purdue has recorded 10 even or under-par rounds this year, coming in just 23 total rounds. The 43.5 percent of even or under-par rounds is easily the best in school history (.342 set during the 2015-16 season; 13 / 38).

 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Purdue men’s golf team recorded its second round under par of the weekend, placing seventh at the competitive Hootie at Bulls Bay Invitational in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

The Boilermakers wrapped up the 54-hole event with a total of 3-under par 861 (285-290-286), finishing 17 shots behind champion, No. 34-ranked South Carolina (-20) and 13 shots behind No. 25-ranked Mississippi (-16). No. 23-ranked Auburn (-10), North Carolina State (-10), Georgia State (-5) and Kentucky (-4) also edged the Boilermakers.

 

Purdue did record head-to-head victories over No. 14-ranked Virginia, No. 27-ranked Missouri, No. 31-ranked Kansas and No. 45-ranked Houston.

 

As a team, Purdue has finished under par in three of the last four tournaments, posting a cumulative score of 17-under par. The Boilermakers are now averaging 289.00 strokes per round, just off the school record average of 288.19 set during the 2001-02 season.

 

Purdue has been even or under-par as a team in 10 of its 23 rounds this year, the third-most rounds of even-par or better in school history. Since the start of last year, Purdue has been even or under-par in 23 of its 61 rounds.

 

Fernando Barco continued his recent strong play with his third straight top-12 finish at 2-under par 214 (70-72-72). Barco was 2-over par through 12 holes before birdieing two of his final six holes to move back to even par for his round.

 

With his finish, Barco is now 11-under par combined in all three events this spring, averaging 70.89 strokes in nine spring-season rounds. Barco leads the team with a 72.35 stroke average, currently the second-best average in Purdue history.

 

Jarle Volden also had a strong tournament, placing tied for 17th at 1-under par 215 (70-72-73). His 215 is one shot off a career-best, 54-hole score and he now has two straight top-20 finishes after having just two in his first 17 career events.

 

Austin Eoff recorded a strong final round, surging to a top-25 finish at even-par 216 (74-73-69), good for a 24th-place tie. Eoff had four birdies and four bogeys on his opening nine, before playing his final eight holes in 3-under par to finish with a 3-under par 69 in Tuesday’s final round. His 69 marked his 60th career round of even-par or better and 16th career round in the 60s.

 

Brian Carlson tied for 51st at 5-over par 221 (71-73-77), while Timmy Hildebrand was tied for 57th at 6-over par 222 (76-74-72).

 

Purdue will close out the regular season April 15-16, when it hosts the Boilermaker Invitational at the Kampen Course.