Long ball plays role in Purple team’s 7-3 win over Gold

Game 2 washed out Saturday, 10-inning game set Sunday

LSU freshman Paxton Kling (left) is congratulated by his teammates after homering in Friday's Purple-Gold World Series. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

Freshman centerfielder Paxton Kling and freshman leftfielder Mic Paul each homered Friday to lead the Purple to a 7-3 win over the Gold in Game 1 of the LSU Baseball Intra-Squad World Series in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The Purple-Gold World Series, which signals the completion of LSU’s fall practice period, was rained out Saturday and a special 10-inning game has been scheduled Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Kling was 2-for-3 with one double, one homer and one RBI, and Paul went 1-for-1 at the plate with a homer, two walks and two RBI.

Junior designated hitter Hayden Travinski lined a two-run single, and junior catcher Alex Milazzo contributed an RBI single to spark a three-run Purple outburst in the fifth inning.

Junior third baseman Ben Nippolt highlighted the Gold offensive output with two hits, including a homer, and three RBI.

Purple starting pitcher Will Hellmers, a junior right-hander, worked three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts.

Gold junior right-hander Blake Money also fired three scoreless frames in a starting role with one hit and two strikeouts.

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