BATON ROUGE -- Catcher Micah Gibbs and shortstop Austin Nola drove in two runs each to lift the Gold team to a 5-2 victory over the Purple in Game 1 of the Purple-Gold World Series Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium.
The Purple-Gold World Series is a three-game intrasquad series that concludes LSU’s five-week fall practice session.
Game 2 is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday and Game 3 starts at 3 p.m. Thursday. The seven-inning games are open to the public, and admission is free.
The Gold collected seven hits in Tuesday’s contest, including a two-RBI double by Gibbs. The junior from Pflugerville, Texas was 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk.
Nola, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, also contributed a two-RBI double for the Gold squad.
Right-hander Ben Alsup, a junior from Ruston, La., earned the victory for the Gold, limiting the Purple to one run in four innings with six strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Joey Bourgeois, a transfer from LSU-Eunice, pitched two scoreless innings to earn the save for the Gold.
“I thought it was a pretty crisply played ball game despite the chilly weather,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “Alsup delivered a solid performance as a starter, and I was very pleased with the pitching overall.”
Senior first baseman Blake Dean, who is returning from off-season shoulder surgery, was 2-for-4 with a double for the Purple squad.
“it was great to see Blake swinging the bat the way he did today,” Mainieri said of the all-American from Crestview, Fla. “He seems to be progressing very well in his recovery from the surgery.”