Sept. 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Gold Team sent 10 men to the plate while scoring five times in the bottom of the third inning and rode the extended rally to a 7-2 victory Friday evening to even Purdue baseball's five-game Black and Gold Series at one game apiece.
Impressive relief work was once again a highlight of the night. Only two runs were scored after the third inning Friday. Newcomers Adam Dressler (Gold) and Brett Haan (Black) each worked three innings of scoreless relief and did not issue a walk. Tim McElroy also excelled for the Gold Team, retiring six straight batters over a pair of scoreless frames after surrendering a double to the first man he faced.
Gold Team captain Sean McHugh homered in the eighth inning as part of a two-hit night. He also drew a walk and scored during the five-run third inning rally. Cody Strong, Matthew McHugh, Conner Hudnall and Jeff Evak also had a pair of hits for the Gold Team. Six different players for the Gold Team recorded an RBI.
Ted Snidanko doubled as part of a three-hit effort to lead the way for the Black Team.
Patrick O'Brien ignited the five-run rally for the Gold Team and ended up batting twice in the inning. Strong, Kyle Wood, Hudnall, Steve Maniago and Evak each recorded an RBI during the big inning. Thursday in the series opener, a four-run inning helped carry the Black Team to victory.
The Black Team took an early 2-0 lead Friday thanks to three singles, an error and a double steal in the top of the first. Snidanko led off the game with a base hit and took third on an error. Kyle Wood struck out the next two batters before giving up consecutive two-out singles to Josh Estill and Kyle Upp. Estill scored on the back end of the double steal after taking third on Upp's single.
Wood (1-0) was in trouble again in the top of the second after a walk, single and sac bunt put runners on second and third with one out. The lefty struck out the next two batters to end the threat.
Black Team starter Jordan Minch (0-1) didn't record an out in the third inning until Hudnall's sac fly as the sixth batter to come to the plate. Strong and Matt McHugh followed O'Brien's leadoff double with singles. Consecutive walks to Sean McHugh and Wood kept the line moving. Maniago had an RBI ground out to second base and Evak delivered a two-out single to cap the scoring.
Maniago later led off the seventh inning with a double down the left field line and scored on a wild pitch.
Game three of the series is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. Every game of the Black and Gold Series is open to the public at Alexander Field.