After Maroon scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game at 8-8, Gold plated six runs in the top of the ninth to clinch the series. The first three batters of the inning reached on a pair of walks and a hit batter. Following a strikeout, York singled to left to plate the winning runs.
Pitching dominated the opening three innings of the game before the offenses took over the final six frames.
Freshman Taylor Abdalla jump-started the offensive explosion with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Maroon a brief 4-2 lead.
Josh Gill led off the Gold half of the fifth inning with a double off the wall in center and three pitches later freshman Nick Rome hit a tape-measure home run to left field to tie the game at 4-4.
Maroon responded one inning later scoring three unearned runs after Josh Chappell reached on a throwing error to open the frame. Chappell moved to third on a deep fly to right field and scored the go-ahead run on an Abdalla single through the left side of the infield.
Gold starter Luke Briley then hit Shane Ardion with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Austin Young entered in relief of Briley and issued a walk to pinch hitter Zach Steed to load the bases for Boomer Blanchard. The senior shortstop responded with a two-run single to left field to give Maroon a 6-3 lead.
The back-and-forth affair continued into the seventh inning as Gold stormed in front 8-6 after plating five runs in the frame. After a walk and a single to lead off the inning, Rome singled to center to plate Casey Auttonberry for the first run of the inning. Skylar Barrentine pulled Gold within in a run as he reached on a fielding error which allowed Gill to score.
Matt Laird tied the game with a sacrifice fly to deep right field and York put Gold in front with a two-run double to left center to score Nick Wade and Barrentine.
As was the theme of the night, Maroon came right back in its next at-bat to tie the game. Jarrett Hammond led off the inning with a double off the wall in left and then Judd Edwards drew a four-pitch walk. Following a pitching change, Perry Smith and Abdalla each delivered RBI base hits to tie the game at 8-8.
Matt Cawthon picked up the win for Gold with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Ardoin took the loss allowing three runs over an inning of work - he did not allow a hit in the outing, but did walk a pair and hit one.
The teams will take Friday and Saturday off before returning to the diamond on Sunday at 4 p.m. for the final game of the series.
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