BATON ROUGE, La. - Senior outfielder Raph Rhymes collected two RBI Friday and freshman designated hitter Chris Chinea added a solo homer to lead the Purple to a 7-1 victory over the Gold in Game 3 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series in Alex Box Stadium.
Though the Purple won Friday's game, the Gold captured the series as it posted a 5-1 win in Game 1 on Tuesday and a 4-2 victory in Game 2 on Thursday. The series consisted of three six-inning games and culminated LSU's six-week fall practice session.
The Purple would have been declared the winner of the series had it won Friday's game by at least seven runs - one more than the total run differential in the Gold's two victories. However, Gold reliever Chris Cotton kept the Purple off the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth to preserve the series win.
Cotton, a senior left-hander, walked junior catcher Ty Ross to lead off the sixth, but he recorded two strikeouts and a popout to end the inning.
"I think the past few weeks demonstrated that we can be outstanding in all phases of the game - hitting, pitching and defense," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We had a very good fall, and I'm convinced we'll be in the hunt for everything we'd like to accomplish this spring."
The Purple grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning Friday as senior Rhymes provided an RBI single and senior infielder Mason Katz drove home a run with a double.
The Gold narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the second when sophomore catcher Tyler Moore led off the inning with a double and later scored on a Purple infield error.
The Purple, however, erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 6-1 advantage. Freshman outfielder Andrew Stevenson tripled and scored when Chinea reached on an error. Junior outfielder Sean McMullen ripped a two-run triple and Rhymes lift a sacrifice fly to cap the uprising.
Chinea's solo homer in the bottom of the fourth increased the Purple lead to 7-1.
LSU, the reigning Southeastern Conference champion, opens the 2013 season on February 15 versus Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.