Oct. 6, 2011
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - In an error-plagued game that featured eight fielding miscues, a pair of errors helped the Black team score three times in the third inning, a frame that carried the Black and Gold series winner to a 4-3 victory in the finale of Purdue baseball's fall intrasquad Thursday afternoon.
The Black team finished the five-game series with a 4-0-1 record, winning one-run affairs in games two and five.
The work of the relief pitchers highlighted the series finale. Five relievers backed up Black team starter Robert Ramer with 4 1/3 innings of hitless relief. Mike Gaglianese, Jack Roback, Mike Sudbury and Nick Wittgren each worked a scoreless inning. Wittgren recorded a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the 4-5-6 portion of the Gold team's lineup to close out the game.
Meanwhile, Matt Gibbs and Sean Collins each pitched a pair of scoreless innings of relief for the Gold team. Gibbs retired six of the seven batters he faced and Collins escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh thanks to an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play ball.
A fielding error by Gold team starting pitcher Joey Eichmann allowed David Miller to reach safely on a bunt attempt, igniting the Black team's three-run third-inning rally. Miller went first to third on Stephen Talbott's subsequent single, with Talbott taking second on the throw. Kevin Plawecki followed with an RBI ground out and Barrett Serrato plated Talbott with a base hit up the middle.
Serrato scored the final run of the inning on a throwing error by Gold team second baseman Steve Maniago. Of the eight errors in the game, four were committed by the second basemen.
The Gold team capitalized on three errors in the top of the fourth inning to make it a one-run game. A catcher's interference call loaded the bases with one out. Ramer induced a comebacker off the bat of Kyle Bischoff and even though Ramer bobbled the ball momentarily, the Black team still had time to throw out Bischoff to complete a 1-2-3 double play that would have ended the inning. Instead, catcher Kyle Upp threw the ball away allowing a pair of runs to score.
Gavin Downs relieved Ramer after the wild play and retired Jack DeAno on a fly ball to center field to strand the potential tying run at third base.
David Miller scored the only earned run of the game in the first inning for the Black team. He reached on a hustle double to left center and came home on a base hit up the middle from Plawecki.
The Gold team had taken the lead in the top of the first on an RBI fielder's choice from Cameron Perkins. Each of the first three hitters of the game reached safely, but Ramer limited the damage by inducing an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play ball off the bat of Brandon Krieg.
Purdue will have a few more fall practices this month in preparation for its 2012 season, which begins the weekend of Feb. 17-19 at the fourth annual Big Ten/Big East Challenge in the St. Petersburg-Clearwater area on Florida's Gulf Coast.