BATON ROUGE - Grant Dozar's RBI single ignited a seven-run rally in the fourth inning Friday, as the Gold squad posted a 7-1 victory over the Purple in the deciding game of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series at Alex Box Stadium.
The Gold captured the series two games to one, as LSU concluded its five-week fall practice period. The Tigers open the 2011 season on February 18 versus Wake Forest in Alex Box Stadium.
"I thought our pitching was excellent in this series and throughout the fall," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We have several talented young arms, and they've made a lot of progress over the past few weeks. It's also evident that we have a very athletic team that plays good defense. We're excited about the potential of our new players with the solid core of veterans back from last season. We can't wait for the 2011 season opener to get here."
With the Purple leading the six-inning game 1-0, catcher Ty Ross led off the Gold fourth with a walk, and he was sacrificed to second base by Beau Didier. Purple pitcher Randal Meyer issued a walk to Jimmy Dykstra before Dozar lined a single to center field to tie the game.
The Gold took advantage of several bases-loaded walks to build its lead, and the seven-run outburst was culminated by a sacrifice fly from Alex Edward.
Dykstra was credited with the relief win for the Gold, as he pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit with three strikeouts.
Gold starting pitcher Kurt McCune turned in an excellent outing, allowing one run on two hits in three innings with one walk and four strikeouts.
Purple starting pitcher Nick Rumbelow was also effective, as he fired three scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout.
Gold reliever Kirk Cunningham retired the side in order in the sixth to end the game.