BATON ROUGE -- Game 2 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series ended in a 1-1 tie on outstanding pitching performances from both squads Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium.
The Purple-Gold World Series is a three-game intrasquad series that concludes LSU’s five-week fall practice session.
The third and final game of the series will be held Thursday at 3 p.m. in Alex Box Stadium. The Purple squad must win by at least four runs Thursday to capture the series, after falling 5-2 in Tuesday’s game. Run differential determines the champion of the Purple-Gold World Series.
Thursday’s seven-inning contest is open to the public, and admission is free.
Purple starter Austin Ross, a junior from Shreveport, La., went four innings Wednesday, allowing one run and striking out six, while Gold starter Daniel Bradshaw pitched three innings, and allowed only one run while striking out five.
“Pitching was great today,” said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. “The real story was the relief pitching. (Freshman left-hander) Jordan Rittiner did an outstanding job for the Gold squad. (Senior right-hander) Paul Bertuccini was his typical self and knows how to pitch in the clutch.”
Sophomore Grant Dozar, a native of Morgan City, La., led the offense for the Purple team, as he went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles.
Junior catcher Micah Gibbs went 1-for-1 with a single and two walks for the Gold squad.
Koeneman, a transfer from Walters State (Tenn.) Junior College, finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and saw action in left field for the Gold.
The remaining four innings were marked by outstanding relief pitching from both teams. Rittiner, a native of Metairie, La., threw an impressive four innings for the Gold, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out six.
Bertuccini, also a product of Metairie, threw three solid innings of relief for the Purple, allowing no runs and striking out two.