Purple-Gold World Series Begins

TigerSportsDigest.com was on hand for the LSU baseball team's Purple-Gold World Series on Wednesday at Alex Box. Go inside for the recap.

BATON ROUGE, La. --- The Purple Pirates downed the Gold Dragons 4-2 in Game One of the 2010 Purple vs. Gold World Series on Wednesday at Alex Box Stadium.

Here are some notes from the afternoon.

The lineups were as follows:


Tyler Hanover 2B

Austin Nola SS

Mikie Mahtook CF

Jamie Bruno 1B

Raph Rhymes RF

JaCoby Jones 3B

Kevin Berry DH

Jordy Snikeris C

Marcus Davis LF

Matt Fury DH

P Tyler Jones



Trey Watkins CF

Mason Katz RF

Alex Edward 3B

Tyler Ross C

Beau Didier SS

Jimmy Dykstra LF

Grant Dozar DH

Kirk Cunningham 2B

Kevin Koziol 1B

Jackson Slaid DH

Kevin Gausman P


New Arms Show Promise

Freshman Kevin Gausman took the ball for the Gold team Wednesday and showed flashes of why coach Paul Mainieri dubbed him the biggest signee of the 2010 class.

The sixth-round selection of the Dodgers tossed three innings and allowed two runs, neither of which was earned. He struck out a man and walked two. Gausman, who has a great 6-foot-4-inch frame, was between 90-92 miles per hour all afternoon with his fastball and displayed a sharp breaking ball around 78 mph. Right now he’s clearly the Friday night arm.

Fellow Freshman Ryan Eades threw two innings for the Gold team and allowed just one hit. He did have some control issues, walking two men. He allowed an earned run and had two strikeouts. Eades has a very athletic presence on the mound, and is still returning to form after having surgery to repair a torn labrum during his junior year at Northshore High School. His fastball was clocked consistently at 90 mph, but the coaches expect that number to go up as his shoulder continues to strengthen.

Junior College transfer Tyler Jones hurled three innings for the Purple squad. Jones touched 94 miles per hour in the first inning, but he settled in at around 91 mph for his final two innings of work. The right-hander allowed two hits, no walks and one unearned run while striking out three.

Striking Similarity

Freshman outfielder Marcus Davis bares an eerie similarity to former Tiger Jared Mitchell. Davis is well built at 6-foot-2 and 205 lbs. He swings the bat from the left side and can really run. He made a nice running catch in foul territory and gunned down Alex Edward at the plate to save a run in the 6th inning. Davis was a high school teammate of Tiger running back Spencer Ware at Princeton High school in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Big Shoes to Fill

The departure of Micah Gibbs leaves a massive hole behind the plate for the Tigers. Freshman Tyler Ross made a good case for himself to fill that vacancy on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3. 220-poud Floridian had a pair of hits, including an RBI single off of Gausman in the first. He also threw out a pair of base runners. He picked JaCoby Jones off of first base on a snap throw, and he also gunned down Austin Nola attempting to steal second.

The three-game set will continue through Friday with both remaining games getting started at 3:30.

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