The Gold team evened up the Purple and Gold World Series by winning Thursday’s contest 4-2 on a blustery, pitcher-friendly day at The Box.
Freshman Tyler Ross’ two-run single in the top of the 7th inning broke a 2-2 tie and set up a rubber match between the two squads set for Friday afternoon.
On the Mound
Senior right-hander Ben Alsup pitched three perfect innings for the Gold team. The Ruston native fanned four hitters and only allowed two balls to leave the infield in a dominant performance.
Fellow senior Daniel Bradshaw started the game for the Purple team and threw three shutout innings. Bradshaw didn’t walk a man, allowed three hits and had a strike out.
Sophomore reliever Zach Lasuzzo relieved Bradshaw and had the most interesting line of the night. Lasuzzo threw two-plus innings without allowing a run. He allowed just one hit and walked five men. On the other hand, he recorded five of his six outs via the strikeout. Lasuzzo will be counted on out of a Tiger bullpen with very few proven arms.
One of the proven names is junior Matty Ott, and he looked like the 2009 Matty Ice on Thursday in his one inning of relief. The Tiger closer picked up the save, retiring the side in order and recording two strikeouts on nasty sliders.
At the Plate
Tyler Ross continued to play well. The freshman went 2-for-3 on the day with a couple of RBI’s. At the moment Ross seems to be a lock to get the opening night start behind the plate.
The Tigers are 4-for-4 on sacrifice bunts over the two ballgames. Bunting has been an issue that has plagued LSU in the past, but it seems to have been righted this fall.
The NCAA has instituted new bat regulations, and it has been apparent through the two games. The familiar PING associated with college baseball is gone. The only comparison I can find to the new sound is how the old bats sounded when the ball was hit off of the end of the bat. LSU’s lineup isn’t loaded with power bats this season, so look for more hit and runs and sacrifice situations, especially with these new bats.
TigerSportsDigest.com will have additional notes from the final game of the series.