College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking Purdue Baseball with Nathan Baird

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy talks Purdue Boilermakers baseball with Nathan Baird of the Journal & Courier.

After struggling for the last few seasons, the Purdue baseball program took a decided step in the right direction in 2017 under first-year head coach Mark Wasikowski.

By the time the regular season was done, they had qualified for the Big Ten Tournament, and while that might not strike you as a big accomplishment on its own, when you consider that the team went 2-22 in league play in 2016, it’s clearly a big step forward. They had eclipsed their Big Ten win total from 2016 by the end of the second conference series of the season in 2017, a series win over Ohio State on the road. They also surpassed their overall win total from 2016 by March 18th of 2017 after completing a four-game sweep of Santa Clara, also on the road.

Now, Wasikowski and his staff are tasked with continuing to move the program forward, a challenge they certainly sound ready to take on, as we covered in a piece on Purdue earlier this offseason.

Among the topics discussed in this episode are:

  • The surprise of Purdue’s 2017 success
  • Why Wasikowski has been a good fit for the program
  • Differences between the 2016 and 2017 teams that played a role in the drastic improvement
  • The kind of team Purdue will have in 2018
  • The biggest challenges the coaching staff will face in getting Purdue to the next level

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.