Downs on Mound, Balanced Attack at Plate Gives Gold 2-1 Lead

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Cody Strong had three more hits Sunday to improve to 6-for-12 for the series.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Cody Strong had three more hits Sunday to improve to 6-for-12 for the series.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 29, 2013

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- The Gold Team scored in six of the nine innings while pounding out 15 hits and Gavin Downs led the way on the mound with 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball, carrying Gold to an 11-2 victory in game three of Purdue baseball's five-game Black and Gold Series Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.

The Gold Team took a two games to one series lead Sunday. Every batter in Gold's lineup had a hit and six different players recorded an RBI for the second game in a row.

Downs (1-0) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and 16 of the 21 that came to the plate against the right-hander. He surrendered only two singles, struck out four and did not issue a walk. With the Gold Team in front 6-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Downs gave way to the bullpen after consecutive batters reached on errors by infielders.

Jordan Lewis enjoyed a big day in the nine hole for the Gold Team, reaching base safely four times and recording four RBI. Cody Strong (Gold) and Derek Black (Black) both had three hits.

Matthew McHugh excelled at the plate and on the mound for the Gold Team. Along with going 2-for-5 with a walk and an RBI, the freshman also worked three innings of relief, surrendering only an unearned run while not issuing a walk. He induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play in the seventh and pitched over a leadoff double from Ted Snidanko by retiring the Black Team's 2-3-4 hitters in order the following frame.

The Gold Team sent nine men to the plate during a three-run fourth inning rally that extended its lead to 5-0. All three runs scored with two outs and the bases loaded. Matt McHugh had an RBI infield single followed by a walk to Sean McHugh and hit by pitch of Kyle Wood.

The Black Team's pitchers issued 11 free passes (seven walks, 4 HBP) Sunday. Like Lewis, Sean McHugh, Strong and Wood reached base safely four times each in the game.

Meanwhile, the Gold Team won despite committing four errors. However, the only free pass issued by its pitchers was a hit by pitch in the sixth inning.

The Gold Team did flash some leather as well Sunday. Shortstop Steve Maniago made a nice diving stop en route to starting the inning-ending 6-4-3 double play in the seventh. Jeff Evak had an impressive diving catch in center field to take a hit away from Josh Estill and end the bottom of the fourth.

Game four of the Black and Gold Series is set for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. All Black and Gold Series games at Alexander Field are open to the public.