Black Team Wins High-Scoring Affair to Take 2-0 Series Lead

PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM Chris Antonelli had three hits & two RBIs for the Gold team.
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Chris Antonelli had three hits & two RBIs for the Gold team.
PURDUESPORTSDOTCOM

Sept. 30, 2011


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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An early 8-0 lead helped the Black team withstand a valiant comeback effort and earn an 11-10 victory in game two of Purdue baseball's Black & Gold Series Friday afternoon at Lambert Field.

The win allowed the Black team to a two games to none lead in the five-game fall series. Game three is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

The teams combined for 21 runs on 25 hits in the wild offensive affair Friday. The top third of the Black team's lineup - David Miller, Andrew Dixon and Barrett Serrato - were a combined 7-for-15 with six runs scored. Serrato recorded a game-high four RBIs. Jon Bradford and Dixon both had three hits for the Black team.

Trailing 8-0 entering the bottom of the fourth, the Gold team scored 10 times over the next four innings and left the potential tying run at second base when its four-run seventh inning. The 4-5-6 portion of the Gold team's lineup - Sean McHugh, Brandon Krieg and Chris Antonelli - were a combined 7-for-12 with four RBIs and four runs scored. Antonelli led the way with three hits.

Robert Ramer set the tone for the Black team on the mound, working four innings of one-run ball. He retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced. Mike Sudbury closed out the win, allowing an inherited runner to score and surrendering an unearned run before retiring the final five batters he faced. He put together a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the eighth to finish off the win and preserve the one-run lead.

Brett Andrzejewski was the Gold team's top performer on the mound. The righthander worked two innings of one-hit relief. He worked a 1-2-3 top of the fourth against the 2-3-4 portion of the Black team's lineup. Four of the six outs he recorded were via ground balls.

Five hits and an error led to five-run first inning for the black team. Stephen Talbott, Bennett Oliver and Jon Bradford teamed up to account for three consecutive run-scoring hits. Gary Downey, Serrato and Kevin Plawecki accounted for run-scoring hits later in the game.

Antonelli's two-out RBI single in the fourth inning allowed the Gold team to crack the scoreboard for the first time. The following frame, Eric Charles, Cameron Perkins and McHugh strung together three consecutive run-scoring singles. Krieg and Antonelli drove in runs with back-to-back hits in the four-run seventh.