Calvin Gunter is a senior pitcher from Noblesville, Ind. The left-hander
appeared in 15 games in 2011 with eight starts. Gunter went 5-3 with one save,
recording 40 strikeouts in 45.1 innings. He spent the 2008 season at Toledo
before sitting out the 2009 campaign after transferring to Purdue. Gunter was
1-3 in 2010 with three saves. He appeared in 22 games with four starts, fanning
32 in 36.2 innings. An Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2011, Gunter is
majoring in political science.
David Miller is a senior from St. Louis, Mo. Miller started
46 of his 53 games at shortstop a season ago for the
Boilermakers. He batted .281 with four doubles, three homers, 32
runs and 33 RBI. Miller led the Big Ten with 41 walks and an
on-base percentage of .465. He was plunked 14 times, fanned just
24 times and was 9 for 13 on stolen bases. Miller played two
seasons at Southwestern Illinois College before transferring to
Purdue. Miller is majoring in history with plans of becoming a
teacher and coach.
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March 5, 2012
Boilers Roll like the Tide through Auburn
Boilermaker Dream Team was back in action this past weekend in Auburn, Alabama,
alongside the Auburn Tigers, Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and Charleston
Southern Buccaneers. Our earlier constructive criticisms of ridiculous travel
routes seemed to have inspired AirTran to engineer a direct flight from
Indianapolis to Atlanta (a mere two-hour drive from our destination). Eureka! In
a strange turn of events, West Lafayette was experiencing the thunderstorms that
had plagued our first two weekends and the rest of the Midwest/South this
weekend, leaving a weekend forecast of partly-cloudy with the opportunity for an
8-1 start to 2012.
Friday night saw a strong turnout for the “War Eagle” faithful to
greet the Dream Team into SEC country. It would be the bats of the Big Ten that
would prevail as we picked up our sixth win of the year with a score of 9-8
against the Tigers. Rumors buzzed about Cam Newton throwing out the first pitch
but it was later found out that Cecil Newton requested another $180k from Auburn
for his son’s return to campus, NCAA investigation still pending.
Saturday’s game saw us face one of the best from Conference USA
in Southern Mississippi, the alma mater of ESPN favorite Brett Favre. Before Los
Boilers could realize the Eagles weren’t sporting Wrangler jeans, they trailed
9-3 with two outs in the seventh inning. Then in an effort to stop the bleeding,
Coach Schreiber made the move to the bullpen in Jack Deano after Roger and J.P.
witnessed an angel rubbing his right arm that had been in hibernation for the
past three years. After three consecutive hits, the bullpen gate opened, and
with it, the flood gates. A mere four batters later, the Boilers trailed by two
with the go-ahead-run at the dish in the form of Barrett “El Conquistador”
Serrato. Serrato launched a ball over Frank Thomas’ face in right center, giving
us an improbable 10-9 lead that would hold off for the remainder of the game.
The odds of scoring seven runs with two outs and nobody on are similar to West
Lafayette hosting the 2024 Olympics.
Purdue was able to finish the weekend with a 3-0 mark after
battling to a 5-2 victory over the feisty Buccaneers of Charleston Southern.
those that have read the first two journal entries. you may notice that of the
variety of activities we partake in over a weekend. Baseball and food consume
the majority of our time. This weekend would be no different, albeit in a more
positive light for two reasons. One, Honey Baked Ham was sent down on a Triple-A
assignment being replaced by Zaxby’s. Two, a celebratory dinner was had at
“Country BBQ” for our sixth and seventh wins. As far as us
northerners are concerned, “Country BBQ” has to be the birthplace of southern
hospitality. A buffet of pulled pork/BBQ chicken/coleslaw/potato salad and
banana pudding greeted us along with a warm welcome from the band that was
performing a medley of bluegrass. If you didn’t feel like you were at home here,
you wouldn’t feel at home in your own bed. Clearly, the Boilermaker Express runs
more efficiently when properly fed with a variety of food.
As another successful weekend comes to a close, the
student-athletes face one more week of class before departing on a trip for PCB
SB ’12!! Or so they thought, as instead they will be journeying across the
Midwest where they can only hope Carson Daly and the ‘Total Request Live’ crew
will show up either in Murray, Ky. or Wichita, Kan. “Hey, it could happen” -
Thanks for reading,
Cal Gunter and David Miller
(photos courtesy of Purdue Media Relations Office)