CARY, N.C. — LSU right-hander Kevin Gausman worked into the sixth inning Tuesday as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team knocked off Japan, 8-2, in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader at the National Training Complex Stadium.
Gausman, who will enter 2012 as a draft-eligible sophomore, limited Japan to one run on three hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven and walked one, recording a no-decision.
After falling behind 1-0 early, Team USA reeled off seven runs in the seventh inning to build a six-run cushion. Florida pitcher Brian Johnson, who entered for Gausman with two on in the sixth, got the win.
Team USA took a 2-0 lead in a five-game series against the Japanese with the win in Tuesday’s opening game.
Jones, McCune honored
LSU second baseman JaCoby Jones and pitcher Kurt McCune were named Tuesday to the Baseball America second-team Freshman All-America squad.
Jones, from Richton, Miss., batted .338 in his first season at LSU with four homers, 11 doubles and 32 RBIs. He batted .426 in the final 15 games of the season with five doubles.
McCune, a former Destrehan standout, spent most of his rookie season as LSU’s No. 1 starter. The right-hander went 7-3 mark with a 3.31 ERA in 14 starts, recording 68 strikeouts in 89.2 innings and limiting opponents to a .221 batting average.
Vanderbilt outfielder Tony Kemp (first team), Florida pitcher Karsten Whitson (first team) and Arkansas first baseman Ficociello (second team) were the other Southeastern Conference players on the BA squad.
North Carolina third baseman Colin Moran, who hit .335 with nine homers and 71 RBIs, was named the magazine’s Freshman of the Year.
Alsup, Ott start careers
Former LSU pitchers Ben Alsup and Matty Ott have been assigned to minor league teams as they each begin their careers in professional baseball.
Alsup, a right-hander selected in the 18th round by the Colorado Rockies in last month’s MLB Draft, has made one start for the Class A Tri-City (Wash.) Dust Devils, recording no walks and five strikeouts in four innings.
Ott, a right-hander chosen in the 13th round by the Boston Red Sox, has yet to make his debut for the Class A Lowell (Mass.) Spinners.
Alsup posted a 12-6 career mark in four seasons at LSU with a 4.77 ERA in 149 innings.
Ott, who went 1-3 this season with a 2.60 ERA, is LSU’s all-time saves leader with 33 in his three-year career.