Oct. 4, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
-- Angelo Cianfrocco
connected for a gapper into right field in the final inning, plating Kyle Wood
from first base for a walk-off win for the Black Team, 2-1, Thursday evening in the finale of Purdue baseball's Black and Gold Series at Alexander Field.
The Black Team was able to salvage one win in the intrasquad series after the Gold Team took the first four games.
Both teams scored a two-out run in the third inning. Scoring opportunities were otherwise at a premium after the teams combined for only 10 hits on the night. Jack Picchiotti of the Black Team threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate from left field to end the top of the sixth inning. Patrick Kenney tried to score from second base on a two-out single through the left side by Patrick O'Brien. Wood and O'Brien were the only players to record multiple hits on the night.
Wood singled up the middle with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning of the eight-inning game. Cianfrocco followed with the best-hit ball of the night, splitting the gap in right center for the walk-off double.
Gold Team starter Mike Gaglianese surrendered only two hits over four innings of one-run ball. After walking Pichiotti with Mike Mullen on second base in the third inning, Wood followed with an opposite-field RBI single to right. Gaglianese retired eight of the nine batters he faced in his other three innings.
Black Team starter Mike Lutz escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but a two-out walk came back to haunt the freshman right-hander an inning later. Stefano Belmonte doubled to left to score Josh Estill from first base for the Gold Team's lone run of the night.
Matt Gibbs, Marcus Beckman, Jack DeAno and Kyle Upp teamed up for five scoreless innings of relief out of the Black Team's bullpen to backup Lutz. DeAno worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning against the top of the Gold lineup and Upp went 1-2-3 through the 4-5-6 portion of the order the following frame.
Kyle Johnson worked two innings of scoreless relief and Kenney a scoreless seventh inning for the Gold Team.
Purdue's 2012 Big Ten championship team ring ceremony and dinner is set for Friday at 6 p.m. at Alexander Field. The event will mark the beginning of the program's alumni weekend on campus. The 2012 team will also be honored at halftime of Saturday's Purdue-Michigan football game.