Gold Wins Baseball Series

by Alissa Cavaretta
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Gold Wins Baseball Series

BATON ROUGE, La. – A three run first inning propelled the Gold team to a 3-2 win against the Purple squad in Game 2 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series Friday night at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. 

With the win, the Gold squad evened the series, forcing a sudden death international rules inning to determine the winner of the annual Purple-Gold World Series. 

In the extra inning with runners on first and second and one out, Bryce Adams drilled a double to the right-centerfield wall to drive in a run as the Gold team took the 1-0 win against the Purple squad.

The Tigers return to action Friday, Feb. 17, against Air Force for the 2017 season opener. 

“I thought this was a terrific way to end fall practice,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “The game we played tonight and last night were our two best performances of the fall. We had another great crowd tonight of a about 2,000 fans, and that helped our players compete with a lot of intensity and enthusiasm. Fall practice has given us a great deal of optimism heading into the season.”

The Gold team took the lead in the top of the first inning after centerfielder Antoine Duplantis doubled in shortstop Josh Smith, who reached after being hit by a pitch. With runners on first and second, left fielder Beau Jordan doubled down the right field line to extend the Gold’s lead to 3-0.

The Purple team cut the lead to 3-2 after third baseman Chris Reid led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a single to right-centerfield. Centerfielder Zach Watson reached on an error in the next at-bat and moved to third on an errant throw, which scored Reid.

Leftfielder Brennan Breaux followed with a RBI ground out to score Watson.