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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May 2, 2012

Q&A Session with the Boilermaker Dreamteam


Finals week has arrived for the Boilermaker Dreamteam and this time of the year offers the best chance to take an exam over what we have learned to this point of our season. This is exam will be cumulative and no “crib sheets” are allowed. Please get out your #2 Ticonderoga pencils and let’s begin.


Q1) When Joe Haase starts on the bump for the Boilermakers…


A.)   Has a record of 11-0. If you answered this question with, “is being sponsored by Head and Shoulders” you receive half-credit.


Q2) With four home runs on the season, and responsible for half of the two home runs hit at Lambert Field this year, what is Purdue’s record when Barrett Serrato hits the long ball?


A.)   3-1. Despite El Conquistador’s effort, the only loss came at Ohio State earning them their first conference win of the season. Even Napoleon lost a battle.


Q3) The Dreamteam played in front of 6,247 Cornhusker faithful while squaring off against Nebraska. The attendance at this game…


A.)   Surpassed the total home attendance at Purdue home games by 10 as 6,237 fans have attended in a total of 11 home games. *If you attend games via the hill, please come in or at least use the restrooms so that we can enhance our attendance like Wichita State.


Q4) Of the states adjacent to Indiana (Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois), Purdue is undefeated against which state with a record of 8-0?


A.)   Illinois. The Boilermaker Dreamteam has defeated a combined four teams in the state of Illinois. Even former governors Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan weren’t able to muster up enough corruption for a single victory.


Q5) As a team facing Purdue Baseball, you would least likely want to face them…


A.)   On April 24 as the Dreamteam has gone 3-0 in the past decade on that date. If you answered any day, “don’t lose that confidence.”.


Q6) Junior RHP Robert Ramer has pitched three seasons for the Boilermaker Dreamteam. In those 15 games…


A.)   The Dreamteam has won 14 games, helping Ramer accumulate a 12-0 record after transferring from UC Riverside, leaving his kilt and bagpipes behind.


Q7) Of all the animals on the 2012 Edition of Noah’s Ark, Purdue Pete enjoys feasting on this animal the most..


A.)   Birds. The Boilermaker Express has run a train on the winged creatures this year, amassing a 5-0 mark with victories over Southern Miss (Golden Eagles), Louisville (Cardinals) , Anderson (Ravens) , Ball State (Cardinals) and Illinois State (Red Birds). “They’re overpopulated in this region and they’re decimating the grubworm population.”


Double Jeopardy time so place your wagers anywhere from the price of a single game ticket to the current auction price of the Lambert Field Scoreboard…


Q) What is the one movie no Dreamteamer hopes to find in his holiday stocking this December…


A.) One Hit From Home. The 2012 STD (Straight to DVD), was unfortunately the only movie that worked on the Boilermaker Express trip home from Illinois State (probably because it was the first time being viewed). Baseball superstar Jimmy Easton did his best Gordon Bombay impression by turning a lowly group of college players into state champions and even taught the star player, Brandon Elliot,  how to hit a curveball, thus giving The San Francisco Ballclub enough reason to draft him with the eighth overall pick. Attention Red Sox owner John Henry, maybe you should have hired this modern-day John Madden.


Now take a deep breath, turn in your exam and take the next five minutes to read a brief recap of the week's games.


Assuming you answered questions 4, 5, 6, and 7 correctly, you would already know that Purdue defeated the Redbirds of Illinois State 3-2 on April 24 behind the pitching of Robert Ramer.


Questions 1 and 2 provide the important details from Game 1 against Michigan State as the Dreamteam won 6-2 behind a Serrato slam and the stellar pitching of Joe Haase.


Saturday proved to be a thriller as the outcome seemed to always be in Jeopardy! as Eric Charles tied it up at 3 apiece with a two-run single on a full count in the bottom of the ninth, forcing the game into extra innings. The Boilers and Spartans traded hits, errors and failed opportunities before Cameron Perkins knocked in Tyler Spillner, giving the Boilermakers a 4-3 victory in 14 innings.


The series finale brought an end to the April schedule and a 2012 season first as Purdue was shut out 5-nil. The loss was only the third of the month for Purdue as they finished the month with a 14-3 record (10-3 B1G) improving their overall record to 34-7 (14-4 B1G). There are no mid-week games on tap as the student-athletes must fulfill their final academic commitment by taking final exams, but the Dreamteam will head west for a key weekend showdown with UCLA in a B1G-Pac12 match-up.


Thanks for Reading,


Cal Gunter and David Miller


(photos courtesy of Purdue Media Relations Office)