Newcomer Jones Lifts Purple Past Gold, 4-2

LSU's Austin Nola slides into home plate.
LSU's Austin Nola slides into home plate.
Hilary Scheinuk
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE - LSU freshman third baseman JaCoby Jones delivered a pair of hits, including an RBI double in the sixth inning that broke a 2-2 tie, to lead the Purple to a 4-2 win over the Gold Wednesday in Game 1 of the Purple-Gold World Series at Alex Box Stadium.

The intrasquad series continues with Game 2 at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, and it concludes with Game 3 at 3:30 p.m. Friday. The Purple-Gold World Series culminates LSU's five-week fall practice period.

"It was a well-played game with a lot of energy and enthusiasm coming from the dugouts," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. I thought our young players performed well, and we displayed some pretty good arms on the mound."

The Purple snapped a 1-1 deadlock in the top of the third when centerfielder Mikie Mahtook lifted a sacrifice fly to right field.

The Gold tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Alex Edward walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch by Ryan Eades and scored on a sacrifice fly by leftfielder Jimmy Dykstra.

The Purple regained the lead in the top of the sixth as rightfielder Raph Rhymes singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on an RBI double by Jones.

The Purple extended its lead to 4-2 in the top of the seventh. Catcher Jordy Snikeris was hit by a Michael Reed pitch to start the inning, and after a pair of wild pitches, he scored on designated hitter Matt Fury's RBI single.

Eades was credited with the victory for the Purple, as he worked two relief innings and allowed one run on one hit with two walks and two strikeouts.

Gold reliever Chris Cotton was charged with the loss, surrendering one run on six hits in three innings with no walks and one strikeout.

Starting pitcher Tyler Jones worked three innings for the Purple squad, allowing one run on two hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Gold starter Kevin Gausman pitched three innings, and he was charged with two runs on three hits with two walks and one strikeout.

Purple reliever Kevin Berry picked up the save, working two scoreless innings while allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

"Kevin Berry demonstrated that he's a guy we'll be able to count on coming out of the bullpen," Mainieri said. "I thought he looked pretty sharp."




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