LSU senior shortstop Austin Nola and junior second baseman Casey Yocom each collected two RBIs Tuesday to lead the Purple to a 6-1 win over the Gold in Game 1 of the Purple-Gold World Series at Alex Box Stadium.
The intrasquad series continues with Game 2 at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, and it concludes with Game 3 at 3 p.m. Friday. The Purple-Gold World Series culminates LSU’s six-week fall baseball practice period.
Yocom and Nola paced the Purple’s 10-hit attack, which also featured an RBI single by sophomore catcher Ty Ross, a pair of singles by sophomore third baseman Jake Barrios, and doubles by sophomore leftfielder Jackson Slaid, junior centerfielder Arby Fields and freshman first baseman Evan Powell.
Purple starting pitcher Kevin Gausman, a sophomore right-hander, was credited with the win, allowing no runs and striking out five in first three innings of the six-inning game.
“I thought we saw a very good ballgame today,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said.
“There were a lot of positives; Gausman was dominant on the mound, and the Purple team was able to scratch across some runs with clutch at-bats. We also played outstanding defense; Nola and Yocom turned a double play that was a tremendous effort.”
Sophomore right-hander Ryan Eades pitched the first two innings for the Gold, allowing two runs and recording three strikeouts. Junior rightfielder Mason Katz highlighted the Gold’s offensive output with a double off the wall against Gausman.
“I think this game was indicative of the type of team we’re going to be this year,” Mainieri said. “We have the chance to be dominant on the mound, play outstanding defense and be a hard-nosed, scrappy group of hitters at the plate. That formula worked well for the Purple team today.”
The Purple will start freshman right-hander Aaron Nola on the mound in Game 2 on Thursday, while the Gold will counter with freshman left-hander Cody Glenn.
BLOOD DRIVE HELD DURING SERIES: LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is hosting a blood drive during the Purple-Gold Baseball World Series that began Tuesday at Alex Box Stadium and continues Thursday and Friday.
All fans, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to donate blood at the Lifeshares Blood Center mobile unit that will be stationed at Alex Box from 3 p.m. 7 p.m. on all three days of the series.
Games begin at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and at 3 p.m. on Friday. Fans who donate will have the chance to receive LSU men’s and women’s basketball posters.
ERNST, SAGSTROM TAKE PART IN INTERNATIONAL SPIRIT COMPETITION: In Trinity, Texas, LSU’s NCAA Champion women’s golfer Austin Ernst will represent the United States in the Spirit International Golf competition that begins Wednesday at the Whispering Pines Golf Course.
Ernst won the NCAA Women’s National Golf Championship in May at Bryan, Texas.
This fall, she helped the No. 2 ranked Lady Tigers to two team wins and earned her third career individual victory in the Cougar Classic.
Ernst averaged a team best 72.8 for her 12 rounds in the fall.
LSU freshman Madelene Sagstrom will be representing her home country of Sweden.
SAGSTROM RECOGNIZED BY GOLFWEEK: Madelene Sagstrom, a freshman on the No. 2-ranked LSU women’s golf team, was recognized as one of the freshman to watch by Golfweek Magazine writer Julie Williams after her performance in the fall portion of the season.
Williams listed a group of four freshman as being “under the radar” when the season began but “who can no longer be called unknowns.”
Sagstrom is ranked 40th in the country in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.
LSU TO FACE RIVAL AUBURN IN SEC TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND: In Orange Beach, Ala., the No. 2-seeded LSU soccer team will face No. 7-seeded Auburn at noon Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament.
LSU is 12-6-1, 8-3 SEC; Auburn is 11-6-2, 5-5-1. The winner will advance to the semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday against either No. 3-seeded Tennessee or No. 6-seeded Kentucky.
Sunday’s final kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPNU.
“We expect this to be one of the most competitive tournaments this conference has seen ? any of the eight teams in the field can take home the title, and each could earn an NCAA Tournament berth next week,” LSU coach Brian Lee said.