Raph Rhymes collected two RBIs and freshman designated hitter Chris Chinea added a solo homer to lead the Purple to a 7-1 victory over the Gold in Game 3 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series Friday in Alex Box Stadium.

Though the Purple won Friday’s game, the Gold captured the series as it posted a 5-1 win in Game 1 on Tuesday and a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Thursday. The series consisted of three six-inning games and culminated LSU’s six-week fall practice session.

The Purple would have been declared the winner of the series had it won Friday’s game by at least seven runs – one more than the total run differential in the Gold’s two victories. However, Gold reliever Chris Cotton kept the Purple off the scoreboard in the sixth to preserve the series win.

Cotton, a senior left-hander, walked junior catcher Ty Ross to lead off the sixth, but he recorded two strikeouts and a popout to end the inning.

“I think the past few weeks demonstrated that we can be outstanding in all phases of the game: hitting, pitching and defense,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We had a very good fall, and I’m convinced we’ll be in the hunt for everything we’d like to accomplish this spring.”

In Thursday’s game Chris Sciambra drove in two runs and freshman right-hander Russell Reynolds allowed one run in three innings to lead the Gold team to a 4-2 victory over the Purple in Game 2.

Reynolds started on the mound for the Gold and scattered three hits over three innings while allowing one run.

Swimming and diving

The LSU swimming and diving teams swept Alabama at the Natatorium on Friday in front of a packed crowd.

“Anytime you put LSU and Alabama in a competitive situation there is going to be energy,” diving coach Doug Shaffer said. “It was a swimming and diving team effort. That is what is going to keep us achieving our goals at the conference and national level. We started the football team off on a good note.”

LSU’s 22nd-ranked men (2-1, 1-1 SEC) defeated No. 20 Alabama (1-2, 0-2 SEC) 196-104. LSU’s 17th ranked women (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) beat the Crimson Tide 2001/2-981/2.

LSU won 24 of the 32 events, including all four relays.

The LSU women’s 400 medley relay team of Katlin Sepp, Torrey Bussey, Rainey White and Amber Carter led off the meet by winning in a school record time of 3 minutes, 43.2.

The men’s 400 medley relay finished first as Michael Young, Ricardo Alvarado, Jimenez, Frank Greeff and Andrei Tuomola posted a time of (3:18.18).

The men’s diving team swept the one-meter event behind Kevin Leong (320.25), Sean McKinney (315.34), Jesse Lyman (275.48) and Daniel Helm (269.78). On the three-meter, McKinney (349.73) and Helm (346.80) finished 1-2, respectively.

On the women’s three-meter, Alabama’s Paige McCleary took first, but LSU’s Cassie Weil (309.80) and Alex Bettridge (295.20) secured second and third place finishes, respectively. On the one-meter, Bettridge (276.45), Weil (269.33) and senior Elle Schmidt finished 1-2-3.

The Lady Tigers finished 1-2-3 in the 200 free behind Megan Cox (1:50.92), Danielle Stirrat and Sally Wood.

Bussey went on to victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.13) and the 200 breaststroke (2:16.59). She also swam the lead-off leg for the first place 400 freestyle relay team that also included White, Danielle Stirrat and Carter.

Men’s basketball

BROADCASTS RETURN TO EAGLE 98.1: LSU Sports Properties and Guaranty Broadcasting announced Friday that LSU men’s basketball will return to WDGL-FM, 98.1 as its Baton Rouge flagship starting with Monday night’s broadcast of the exhibition game between LSU and the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

The weekly Johnny Jones coach’s radio show will begin Nov. 19.

Miscellaneous

LSU student-athletes, athletic trainers, cheerleaders, Tiger Girls and Mike the Tiger will come together to give back to the community for the school’s annual “Thanksgiving with the Tigers,” which will be held Nov. 12 at the Maravich Center.

The event is coordinated by the LSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.

Each LSU team will be given the opportunity to adopt an underprivileged child through St. Vincent de Paul for the evening. Each adopted child will eat a Thanksgiving meal with their team as well as receive gifts.