WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Purdue Sports) — After a canceled flight to Dallas led to the cancellation of Purdue baseball’s series-opening series at Baylor, head coach Mark Wasikowski was able to replace it with a three-game set against Western Michigan in Emerson, Georgia.
The Boilermakers and Broncos will square off in a neutral-site series at the Perfect Game Complex at the LakePoint Sporting Community. There are eight artificial turf baseball fields at the large venue located 35 miles north of Downtown Atlanta.
A season-opening doubleheader is set for Saturday at noon ET. Purdue and WMU will play again Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. Purdue Athletics is planning to offer GameTracker live stats and free internet audio for all three games this weekend.
Both teams had flights to Texas and series in the Lone Star State canceled Thursday. Western Michigan was scheduled to play at Houston Baptist. Baylor and HBU are now scheduled to play a three-game series in Waco this weekend.
Hundreds of flights were canceled at Midway on Thursday due to fog and poor visibility, including the Boilermakers' 2:30 p.m. CT flight to Dallas. Purdue returned to campus via its team bus Thursday evening and the Baylor series was officially canceled during the trip back to West Lafayette.
Thursday’s events were reminiscent of the first few weeks of Purdue’s 2014 campaign. Four years ago, the Boilermakers’ season-opening series at Tennessee didn’t begin until Sunday after snowy weather delayed Purdue’s departure from campus. The season began with a doubleheader in Knoxville. Two weeks later, icy weather led to the cancellation of an entire Purdue-Missouri State series in Springfield. Instead, the Boilermakers took a bus to Birmingham, Alabama, to play both Samford and Butler in a Saturday doubleheader.
The Purdue-Western Michigan series dates back to 1938, but the teams have not played since 2006. The Broncos were scheduled to come to Alexander Field for a midweek game in March 2015 but the game was canceled.
The Boilermakers also opened their 2016 season in Georgia, taking on Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Georgia State at the Atlanta Challenge.