Ross, Gold Team Even Baseball World Series

LSU's Ty Ross
LSU's Ty Ross
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BATON ROUGE - LSU freshman catcher Ty Ross lined a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning Thursday to lift the Gold to a 4-2 win over the Purple in Game 2 of the Purple-Gold World Series at Alex Box Stadium.

The Purple-Gold World Series, which culminates LSU's five-week fall practice session, is tied at one game apiece. The third and deciding game of the series will be played at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Alex Box Stadium.

Freshman right-hander Kurt McCune will start on the mound Friday for the Gold squad, while the Purple will counter with freshman right-hander Nick Rumbelow.

Thursday's seven-inning game was tied at 2-2 in the top of the seventh when the Gold staged a rally against Purple right-hander Coklin Nguyen. After Trey Watkins grounded out, Mason Katz was hit by a pitch and Alex Edward doubled before Ross delivered a single to drive home the go-ahead runs.

Gold reliever Matty Ott retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to earn the save. Ott recorded two strikeouts to preserve the victory for freshman right-hander Sam Peterson, who entered the game in the fourth inning.

Peterson worked three innings, allowing two runs on one hit with one walk and three strikeouts. Peterson followed Gold starting pitcher Ben Alsup, who worked three perfect innings with four strikeouts.

"Obviously, the credit goes to our pitchers; they were outstanding," said LSU assistant coach Will Davis, who is serving as the manager of the Gold squad. "Ben Alsup was dominant at the start in retiring nine batters in a row, and I thought Sam Peterson did a great job in working out of some jams."

Purple starter Daniel Bradshaw also delivered a strong outing, firing three shutout innings with no walks and one strikeout.

The Purple broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when catcher Jordy Snikeris delivered a two-run single against Peterson.

The Gold rebounded to tie the game in the top of the sixth on RBI doubles by Kirk Cunningham and Kevin Koziol, setting the stage for the final outburst in the seventh inning.

"We challenged our hitters late in the game," Davis said, " and they came through with some big at-bats in the sixth and seventh."




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