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 26, 2012
Big Ten Play Begins
week marks the beginning of conference play for most of the nation, including
the Big Ten. The Boilermaker Dream Team headed to Columbus, Ohio to begin our
journey to what hopes to be the first Big Ten Championship since 1909. This was
the first time that the Boilers had met up against the Buckeyes in three years
and proved to be worth the wait.
something about playing in conference that brings about another level of
difficulty. You feel as though your opponent knows you better than you know
yourself. In most instances this is the case, especially for fourth and
fifth-year seniors, as the hitting and pitching charts have collected
information/stats/tendencies since you first stepped on the field, leaving only
your Social Security number unknown. The Boilers arrived on Thursday evening for
a short practice session, allowing the athletes to get accustomed to the
artificial turf on Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium.
seemingly the worst day for baseball this season, brought some adversity to the
pre-game as we were forced to complete our batting practice indoors because of
lightning that appeared to be touching down in West Lafayette. Both teams waited
as minimal rain fell for over an hour leaving all to practicing rain delay
rituals such as debating the true average of ten, used to grade gir… well never
mind. The game would be postponed until Saturday, forcing yet another
doubleheader, as apparently the ‘astro-turf’ can get quite soggy.
the boys play, let ‘em play” -Herman Boone.
Led by a
strong pitching performance by “Bazooka” Joe Haase and clutch hitting by the now
self-proclaimed El Conquistador (you heard it here first) as well as Angelo “One
Man Band” Cianfrocco, the Boilers were able to take Game 1 8-5, opening up the
possibility of a Saturday sweep. After enjoying the team’s favorite Honey Baked
Ham (back from its Triple A assignment), “The Pack” put up three in the first
and did not look back as they would once again score eight, more than enough for
Lance “O-H-I-own you” Breedlove. Lance dominated the Buckeyes from start to
finish as he struck out 10, allowing only one, scrappy run in the ninth. Against
the state of Ohio this year, (Cincinnati, OSU) Breedlove has worked 16 innings,
yielding one run while striking out an impressive 21 Ohioans…Ohioites...batters
from the state of Ohio.
would prove to be a great day for the some 800 fans that sought to turn Bill
Davis stadium into the hostile environment that we had become accustomed to
during our pre-conference season. This was a battle from the beginning, as we
were down 2-1 going into the eight when the “You can’t stop them, you can only
hope to contain them” Pack came to life grinding out a 3-2 lead. Unfortunately,
the Buckeyes would strike back in the bottom of the eighth to “nick” out two
more runs which would prove to be enough, ending the game in a 5-4 loss.
we are driving home, reflecting on the weekend, not to mention still trying to
resolve the irony of “The” Ohio State and the word ‘integrity’ being used in
conjunction with one another (see photo left), we are looking forward to a solid
week at home after starting the year with six consecutive weeks on the road.
This week will play host to our home and home-conference openers. It looks to be
a great week of weather for baseball and we hope to see a good turnout at
Alexander…. I mean Lambert Field; unless someone knows how to finish a stadium
Rome was built in one day right?
and David Miller
(photos courtesy of Purdue Media Relations Office)