Mastodons and Hoosiers Tangle Wednesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons took the road to Indiana on Wednesday March 9 for a match against the Hoosiers.

Match day information
Purdue Fort Wayne (0-11) at Indiana (4-6)
When: Wednesday March 9 | 4 p.m. ET
Or: Champ Bart Kaufman | Bloomington, Ind.
Video: BTN+
Live statistics: Link
Time: Partly cloudy, high 53
Series history: Indiana leads 5-0. Both teams last played in 2009, when the ‘Dons lost 4-2. All five meetings took place in Bloomington.

Likely beginners:

Purdue Fort Wayne: HPR Rex stills (MPM 5.06, 0-0)

Indiana: LHP Jack Walker (13.50 ERA, 0-0)

Recognition of the Hoosiers: Indiana has victories over Louisiana, Miami (Ohio) and two at Missouri State. The Hoosiers face Cincinnati on Tuesday, before the game with the ‘Dons. Bobby Whalen leads the Hoosiers in batting with a .390 average. Matthew Ellis has a team record five homers. Grant Holderfield has a 1.23 ERA out of the bullpen.

New faces: The Mastodon 2022 roster includes 15 returning from last season and 18 newcomers.

Have a day! : Braedon Blackford hit three home runs in a doubleheader against California Baptist (February 26).

#3 is Streaks: Braedon Blackford has a seven-game hitting streak and a nine-game scoreless streak.

Language time: Jack Lang is eighth in the Horizon League in hits with 12.

Homer time: Six different juggernauts have homed this season. This total includes four Mastodons who are in their first season with the ‘Dons’: Braedon Blackford (3), Cade Fitzpatrick (1), Ben Higgin (1) and Isaiah Hart (1).

Call it a career: Jack Lang returns for 2022 after starting all 46 games last year. He played 163 games with 155 starts in his career. If he kept a starting spot for every scheduled game, he would finish with 208 games played and 196 starts. Both totals would rank second in program history. Only Shane Trevino (2012-16) would own more games played (234) and started (228) as Mastodon.

Look at me, I can be… Garette Lake is the only Mastodon to play every game at the same position for the ‘Dons. He’s started at center in every ‘Dons game this year.

Miller Time: Justin Miller has 142 career strikeouts, the 10th most in program history.

Put HOF on the signature: Former Mastodon Brad Smock was inducted into the Mastodon Hall of Fame in February. Smock was a Mastodon mainstay for the ‘Dons in their later Division II years. The catcher ranks fourth in program history in runs scored (124), fifth in hits (191), fifth in total bases (273) and sixth in at-bats (626).

Following: The ‘Dons will travel to St. Louis this weekend.


~Feel the rumble~

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