Oct. 2, 2013
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Four different players had three hits and freshman Matt Frawley worked 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his second quality relief outing, helping the Black Team even Purdue baseball's Black and Gold Series at two games apiece with a 14-5 victory Wednesday afternoon at Alexander Field.
The fifth and deciding game of the Black and Gold Series is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. The final team intrasquad of the fall is open to the public at Alexander Field.
The first five hitters in the Black Team's lineup were a combined 13-for-24 with 11 RBI, leading the way amidst a 19-hit day. Ted Snidanko (3-for-5) connected for a three-run homer to left field with an 0-2 count to cap the scoring in a five-run second inning that gave the Black Team an early lead.
The Black Team scored in six of the eight innings played Wednesday. Down 6-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Gold Team got back in the game with a four-run rally. But the Black Team matched that number in the top half of the fifth and cruised from there.
Frawley (1-0) took over on the mound after Matthew McHugh's two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the fourth. He finished off the frame, erased a leadoff walk in the fifth by inducing an inning-ending double play and went on to finish off the game. The right-hander has now worked eight innings of one-run relief over two appearances in the series.
Hayden Grant had three hits, three RBI and three runs scored. He delivered the second of the Black Team's three consecutive two-out, run-scoring hits in the second inning, opened the top of the fourth with a double that caromed off the third base bag and recorded a two-run single in the fifth inning. The freshman also made a nice play defensively at third base when he handled a hot shot off the bat of Cody Strong to open the bottom of the third.
Strong was one of four players for the Gold Team that recorded a pair of hits. The Gold Team strung together four consecutive two-out hits in the fourth inning to chase Black Team starter Eddie De LaRiva after the sophomore had surrendered only one hit in his first three frames.
Jack Picchiotti's double off the right field wall ignited the fourth inning rally for the Gold Team. But it could have been an even bigger rally if not for a good running catch by Snidanko in right center to take away a potential leadoff double from Conner Hudnall.
Brandon Krieg and Kyle Upp also had three hits for the Black Team. Josh Estill, Jack Amaro, Derek Black, Snidanko and Upp all reached base safely four times. Gold Team pitchers issued eight walks, a big reason why the Black Team had at least two base runners in every inning.
Matt McHugh (8-for-19, 3 RBI), Strong (8-for-16, 5 runs) and Snidanko (8-for-18, 4 RBI) all have recorded eight hits over the first four games of the series.