Gold Three Outs Away From Game Three Win, Series Victory

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Sean McHugh had two hits & two RBI for the Gold Team Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM
Sean McHugh had two hits & two RBI for the Gold Team Sunday.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 30, 2012

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Conner Hudnall recorded three hits and Bennett Oliver drove in three runs, leading the way offensively as the Gold Team opened up a 10-6 lead and was three outs away from winning game three of Purdue baseball's Black and Gold Series Sunday afternoon at Alexander Field.

The game was stopped before the start of the bottom of the eighth inning (of an eight-inning game) due to practice hours limits. The Black Team will have a chance to bat when the game is completed Tuesday evening before the start of game four.

If the Gold Team can close out the victory, it will clinch a series victory. Gold already won the first two games of the five-game fall intrasquad series.

The Gold Team scored nine unanswered runs after the Black Team went up 4-0 thanks to a four-run third inning. Gold enjoyed a big inning of its own when it scored five times in the top of the fifth.

Sean McHugh had two hits and two RBI for the Gold Team. He delivered an RBI double in the five-run fifth inning. Stephen Talbott led the way for the Black Team with two hits and three RBI. He doubled home a pair to cap the scoring in the four-run third. Jack Picchiotti recorded three hits and Brandon Krieg had two hits for the Black Team.

Kyle Wood worked two innings of one-hit ball as the starting pitcher for the Black Team. He struck out the first two batters of the game and induced a 6-4-3 double play to erase the only hit he allowed.

McHugh and Hudnall each doubled home a run and a sac fly from Oliver led to the first tally in Gold's five-run fifth. An inning later, Kyle Bischoff and Patrick O'Brien were aboard when Oliver tripled down the right field line to extend the Gold Team's lead to 7-4.

Five consecutive batters reached base safely for the Black Team in third inning. Picchiotti scored on an infield single from Jon Bradford, who later scored on a wild pitch. Wood and Angelo Cianfrocco came around on Talbott's two-run double to left center.

Talbott and Krieg delivered consecutive two-out RBI singles in the seventh inning for the Black Team after an error extended the frame. That made it a three-run game but the Gold Team scored its fourth unearned run of the day in the top of the eighth when McHugh singled home Kyle Johnson.

Back-to-back singles from Josh Estill and Conner Hudnall followed by a walk to Stefano Belmonte loaded the bases for the Gold Team in the top of the seventh. Jake Hansen and O'Brien each drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run.

The conclusion of game three will be played at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with game four to follow. Game five Thursday has been tentatively scheduled for 6:50 p.m. All games are open to the public at Alexander Field.

2012 Black & Gold Series Schedule
Date Game Number Location Time / Result Coverage
09/27/12 Game 1: Gold at Black Alexander Field Gold, 5-3 GameTracker | Recap | Box | Rosters
09/28/12 Game 2: Black at Gold Alexander Field Gold, 7-2 GameTracker | Recap | Box | Rosters
09/30/12 Game 3: Gold at Black Alexander Field Gold, 10-6 GameTracker | Recap | Box | Rosters
10/02/12 Game 4: Black at Gold Alexander Field 6:30 p.m. GameTracker | Recap | Box | Rosters
10/04/12 Game 5: Gold at Black Alexander Field 6:50 p.m. GameTracker | Recap | Box | Rosters