WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue baseball wrapped up its Old Gold & Black Series, the three-game set ending in a 1-1 stalemate after Saturday's series finale was canceled due to unfavorable weather.
The Boilermakers' fall scrimmages at Alexander Field came to an end this week. The program will continue to prepare for the upcoming 2018 campaign, which begins the weekend of Feb. 16 to 18 with a series at Baylor. Purdue's complete 2018 schedule will be announced next month.
GAME 1: GOLD 7, BLACK 5 /// BOX SCORE
After the Black Team scored five unanswered runs to overcome a five-run first for Gold, Owen Jansen's two-run double in the top of the six proved to be the difference in the scheduled six-inning affair. Jansen also had a two-run triple down the right field line in the first inning.
Evan Kennedy (Black) connected for a three-run homer to right field in the fourth inning, winning a lefty-lefty matchup with Patrick J. Smith.
Alec Olund (Black) doubled and scored on Nick Evarts' RBI single in the bottom of the second. Olund's leadoff walk in the fifth inning led to the game-tying run after Olund stole second, took third on a fly ball to right field and scored on Tyler Powers' squeeze bunt.
Matt Doan (Gold) delivered a two-out, two-run single in the top of the first for after an early error extended the inning.
Nick Wojtysiak (Black) pitched two scoreless innings. He worked a 1-2-3 frame vs. the heart of the order in the top of the third and Gold did not hit the ball out of the infield against him in either inning.
Kyle Van Hoeck and Cameron Williams worked 1-2-3 frames for Gold. Trevor Chaney struck out a pair while pitching over a one-out hit by pitch to close out the victory in the bottom of the sixth.
GAME 2: BLACK 9, GOLD 3 /// BOX SCORE
The Black Team scored all nine runs over the final two innings of the seven-inning affair. Luke Florek delivered a game-tying, two-run double in Black's four-run sixth inning. After Gold scored in the bottom of the frame to make it a one-run game, Olund came through with a two-run single early in the seventh.
Starters Cory Brooks (Gold) and Bo Hofstra (Black) both impressed on the mound. Brooks retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced over four innings of two-hit ball. He worked a pair of 1-2-3 frame, pitched over Kennedy's leadoff double in the top of the second, and retired eight consecutive batters at one point. Hofstra gave up just one hit through three innings. He retired nine of the 12 batters he faced, including the final six in a row.
Hunter Wolfe (Black) struck out the side in order in the bottom of the fifth. The lefty retired the final six batters he faced after the first four all reached base safely.
Wolfe minimized the damage in the fifth inning, stranding runners at second and third after Patrick W. Smith's two-run double to right center gave Gold a 2-0 lead. That extra-base hit came with the bases loaded and no outs. But Gold did not score again in the frame.
Powers scored from second base on a wild pitch in the seventh inning. He had singled home Olund earlier in the frame.