WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) – This weekend’s scheduled Big Ten road series with Michigan State has been moved to the Boilermaker Softball Complex in West Lafayette due to field conditions and weather.
The series will be played at 4 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Purdue will be the designated home team in the series.
Purdue (16-16-1) will open home action on Friday after spending the first seven weeks of the season on the road. The team returns 17 players from its 2013 squad which posted a 21-32 mark, an 8-14 Big Ten mark and Big Ten Tournament second round appearance.
Seven position starters and three starting pitchers return, while five newcomers join the roster. Head coach Kim Schuette is in her first season with the Boilermakers after spending the last eight years as head coach at Eastern Illinois.
The Boilermakers are in the midst of a six-game win streak, including a 4-0 record last week. Purdue topped UCF 2-1 on Tuesday in its spring break finale, then swept Penn State to open Big Ten play. The Boilers defeated the Nittany Lions 10-3, 9-2 and 13-4 in University Park, Pa. The team also beat the Dutch National Team 8-6 in a Wednesday exhibition game.
The Boilermakers will face tough foes in 2014, including 10 teams ranked or receiving votes in the preseason Top 25. Purdue will play eight games against the Top 25: No. 5 Michigan twice, No. 6 Alabama, No. 10 Texas, No. 15 Florida State twice, No. 18 Baylor and No. 23 Georgia. The team also will take on vote-getters in Auburn, Houston (twice), and Wisconsin (three times) boosting the tally to 15 games against ranked foes or those receiving votes.