Nick Coomes saw his first live pitching since the College World Series on Sunday, and on Tuesday he cracked a single in his first at bat of LSU’s purple and gold world series.
Coomes underwent a successful hip surgery in July to clean up an issue that bothered him for the entirety of his debut season with LSU. Tuesday’s scrimmage was his first action of the fall.
“I was rusty to say the least,” Coomes said. “But it was nice to get back out there with the guys. Being out there all fall not being able to do stuff was aggravating.”
He finished the day 1-3 as LSU’s designated hitter. He was limited to swinging a bat, and he did not leave the batter’s box after his single landed safely in the right field grass.
“He’s coming along well, he’s not ready to run or play defense or anything, but we thought we might as well get him in there and get the feel of some action,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He got a hit and didn’t have to run to first base, he thought he was Babe Ruth.”
Coomes said he expects to be back to full strength in roughly three to four weeks.
“I’m pretty close,” Coomes said.
Coomes batted eighth for a purple squad that dropped the first of the three-game series 9-4.
Freshman right-hander A.J. Labas took the loss in Game 1, giving up three runs in 2.2 innings. He looked sharp through two innings, but allowed back-to-back RBI singles after a leadoff walk and an error in his final frame.
“His first two innings were really good,” Mainieri said. “He got himself in trouble with a walk to the nine-hole hitter leading off the third inning.
“… He’s not really in great pitching shape yet still because of him getting a slow start because of his back, but you can see what I like about him.”
Antoine Duplantis went 2-2 with an RBI triple and a sacrifice fly, and also made a brilliant catch on the run to rob Daniel Cabrera of extra bases in deep center field.
Catcher Hunter Feduccia led the offensive effort for the gold team, going 3-3 with a pair of RBIs.