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 29, 2012
(Spoiler Alert)… B1G Tournament Champs
is in the books, and the regular season is over with the Dreamteam claiming
their first B1G title since 1909.
could mean only one thing: Let the postseason competition begin.
top six teams of the B1G, Columbus, Ohio plays host to the B1G Baseball
Tournament. One of the best times of the year, Columbus does a superb job of
accommodating the best of the B1G. For 2012, #1 Purdue and #2 Indiana earned
first-round byes and would await the games between #3 Penn State v. #6 Ohio
State and #4 Michigan State v. #5 Nebraska. With the brackets set, let’s see how
it all shook out.
top-seeded Boilers arrived a day early to get accustomed to the field conditions
of Huntington Park as well as take in live action of the day’s first games. We
mention the “field conditions” as for some, they are the best we play on all
year, while for others they are never good enough.
free time, we witnessed a Purdue-like comeback by the Cornhuskers as they
tallied seven runs in the ninth inning, but unfortunately came up short in a
10-9 defeat to Michigan State.
a short batting practice session on the field, we headed to BD’s Mongolian Grill
and enjoyed the best Columbus has to offer: Fried Oreos. This delicious,
heart-attack friendly dessert combines two American favorites in the Oreo and a
deep fryer. Some wonder if anything could make this combination better, and the
answer is “yes” as a side of hot fudge and vanilla ice-cream completed God’s
greatest creation. An unofficial BD’s record of 23 orders was placed, leaving a
group of double-stuffed players ready to take on the hometown Buckeyes the
in the week, Kevin “the Great Hambino” Plawecki and “Diamond” Joe Haase were
named B1G players of the year for their respective positions, and they lived up
to their titles in the opener of the B1G tournament that featured the largest
crowd of the weekend (2,500+). Haase threw eight strong innings, allowing only
three runs while the “Hambino” hit perhaps his biggest home run of the season in
the bottom of the seventh. Trailing by one, Plawecki hooked the first pitch he
saw inside the foul pole, driving home Perkins in the process and giving the
Boilers a 4-3 lead. Each team would pick up a scratch run but yours truly, the
Dreamteam, came out on top with a 5-4 victory.
matchup would prove to have championship implications in two ways with us facing
off against the Hoosiers of Indiana, a team that we had yet to face during the
regular season. As usual, “there was nothing to fear as, “King” Lance Breedlove
was there” to go 7.1 strong setting up the shutout that Blake “You don’t gotta
go home but you gotta get the heck up outta here” Mascarello would finish out.
Offensively it was the return of small ball for us that would scratch across
three runs, two more than was needed to hold on to the victory and the
opportunity to clinch our first ever B1G Tournament Title.
saw us in primetime for the third night in a row awaiting the winner of the
Hoosiers v. Spartans, who would come out of the losers’ bracket to challenge us
for B1G Tournament supremacy.
innings would be needed in the early game and would see the Hoosiers edge the
Spartans to face the Dreamteam for the second time in 24 hours. A
Boilermaker/Hoosier championship game, you couldn’t write a better storyline.
forward to the middle of the fifth and things were looking good as we enjoyed a
three-run lead. However, after a squandered opportunity and questionable call,
the Hoosiers took the momentum and were able to score two runs in consecutive
innings, knotting the score at four apiece heading into the eighth. Kevin
“Daddy” Plawecki struck again for a leadoff home run in the eighth, solidifying
his B1G Tournament MVP title.
we could clinch our second championship of the season, the age-old rivalry that
can only be compared to Dodgers/Giants; Cardinals/Cubs; Army/Navy; and Purdue
Football/Middle Tennessee State Football added another chapter. With the score
tied in the top of the ninth, runners at first and third, Eric “Angry Eyes”
Charles chopped to third. In a series of throws David Miller was tagged out in a
rundown, and the ensuing errant throw would score Andrew Dixon. Frustration
would see both benches clear only to have cooler heads prevail in the end with a
6-5 victory. With the great team accomplishment came individual accolades in
Lance Breedlove, David
Serrato and Kevin
Plawecki representing on
the All-Tournament Team.
Two championships are in the books already for the Dreamteam and
after Memorial Day’s selection show, the road is now set for the third
championship of the Dreamteam’s season.
A 44-12 season has earned us the right to host “the Region”
regional (or is that the “Chicago” regional for all you region rats) featuring
Valparaiso, Kent State and Kentucky. Practice will begin on Thursday with yours
truly playing in primetime Friday evening against Valparaiso. As everyone knows,
anything can happen in the NCAA tournament and the Dreamteam looks to cap off
our season with continued success.
Thanks for Reading,
Cal Gunter and David Miller
(photos courtesy of Purdue Media Relations Office)