On a quest to become the first Big Ten champs on the diamond since 1909, yes 1909, things have started well for the Old Gold and Black.
The Purdue baseball team is in first place in the Big Ten standings, two games ahead of its nearest competitors.
The caveat, there are still five Big Ten weekends (15 games) remaining.
The Boilermakers (24-5, 7-2) swept Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. over the weekend, the Boilers first sweep of a league opponent this season and Purdue’s first sweep on the road since 2001.
The Boilers won game one on Friday, 7-0, behind Joe Haase’s complete game. Haase, the right-handed senior, struck out four and allowed only two hits to the ‘Cats in the win. Haase needed only 99 total pitches to go the distance.
For his efforts, on Monday Haase was named the Big Ten’s Co-Pitcher of the Week.
Purdue knocked off Northwestern, 3-1, on Saturday.
Pitcher Lance Breedlove kept Northwestern off of the scoreboard until the seventh inning and that proved to be enough for a Boilermaker victory.
On Sunday, Andrew Dixon reached base five times in helping the Boilermakers to an 8-4 win.
Freshman pitcher Connor Podkul worked six innings of three-run ball to garner his first career Big Ten win and his first career pitching victory.
No. 19 Purdue visits Ball State on Wednesday.