Oct. 5, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.- The Black team scored five unanswered runs over the final three innings to rally for a 5-3 victory in game four of Purdue baseball's Black and Gold Series Wednesday afternoon, officially claiming a series victory with its third victory of the five-game set at Lambert Field.
The series finale is set for Thursday at 5:10 p.m. at Lambert. The Black team leads the intrasquad scrimmage 3-0-1.
The Gold team brought the potential winning run to the plate in the bottom of the eighth, but Nick Burkelined out to second base with runners on the corners to end the game.
Thanks to early RBIs from Sean McHugh, Kyle Bischoff and Jake Hansen as well as four shutout innings from starting pitcher Joe Haase, the Gold team carried a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning of the eight-inning game. But the Black team recorded nine of its 11 hits from the sixth through eighth innings.
The comeback began with four consecutive singles in the top of the sixth. After Talbott and Kevin Plawecki executed a double steal, Barrett Serrato plated both runners with a base hit up the middle to make it a one-run game.
Relief pitcher Brett Andrzejweski helped the Gold team maintain the lead by inducing a key 6-4-3 double play ball off the bat of Kyle Upp with the bases loaded to end the top of the sixth.
Andrew Dixon's hustle double to left field led to the game-tying run in the top of the seventh for the Black team. Dixon stole third moments later and scored on Talbott's base hit through the left side.
Serrato led off the eighth with his third single of the day. He easily scored the go-ahead run on Oliver's double to left center after moving into scoring position on Jon Bradford's second sacrifice bunt of the day. Gary Downey also registered an RBI in the eighth with a standup triple to the wall in right center.
Blake Mascarello earned the win with three innings of scoreless relief. Black team starter Lance Breedlove retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced after surrendering the three runs, all scoring with two outs, in the first two innings.
Bischoff's RBI triple into the right field corner that plated Chris Antonelli in the second inning highlighted the scoring for the Gold team.