GOP Defeats Democrats 8-7 Ending 7 Year Skid (June 23, 2016)

The Republicans celebrate after defeating the Democrats 8-7 at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on June 23, 2016 in the Congressional Baseball Game for Charity. The game ended a 7 year losing streak for the GOP. In photo, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) (left) wearing a Rajin' Cajuns' jersey and Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.) with the University of Alabama jersey support the winner's trophy. (Photo by Jeff Malet)

Jeff Malet

The congressional baseball game will go on as planned Thursday -- with a distinct Louisiana influence.

After U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise was one of five injured in a shooting at a practice Wednesday morning in Virginia, the Republican and Democratic teams will wear official LSU gear, provided by the university, during the game to honor the majority whip.

LSU confirmed it's sending LSU team hats and t-shirts to Washington D.C. for lawmakers to wear. Scalise graduate from LSU in 1989 with a computer science degree and a political science minor.

"We are grateful to Congress for thinking of Rep. Steve Scalise during this difficult time and recognizing him by wearing LSU gear in support of his recovery," LSU President F. King Alexander said in a statement. "Rep. Scalise is a proud LSU alumnus and great supporter of the university, and we are proud to help out even in this small way. The thoughts and prayers of the entire LSU community are with Rep. Scalise, his family and all of those injured."

After he first was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, Scalise joined the Republican baseball team, saying it was a good way for a newcomer to make connections.

“It’s a good way to meet colleagues in a short period of time,” said Scalise a few months after he took office in a special election to replace Bobby Jindal, who had just been elected governor. “You see guys on the floor and you really know them rather than just walking by them.”

Scalise has continued to play on the team, while his colleague U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond became a star of the Democratic team when he joined Scalise, also a former Louisiana legislator, in Congress.

The congressional baseball game is more than a century old. Democrats and Republicans face off in a game for charity.

Advocate staff writer Ross Dellenger contributed to this report.