Thompson sparks Gold to capture fall series over Purple

Tigers enjoy plenty of effective pitching from both teams

LSU's Gold centerfielder Dylan Crews gets the ball back into the infield. PHOTO BY: LSU athletics

The Gold team was declared the winner Sunday in the annual LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The teams played an eight-inning game on Friday night and two six-inning games on Sunday, and the Gold earned the series win by virtue of having more points in LSU’s situational scoring system that rewards elements like quality at-bats and effective base running.

Gold junior shortstop Jordan Thompson was 2-for-5 at the plate with a double and an RBI, and Gold freshman catcher Brady Neal produced a double and a walk.

Freshman leftfielder Mic Paul collected a triple and a walk for the Purple.

Gold starting pitcher Chase Shores, a freshman right-hander, worked two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. Freshman right-hander Aiden Moffett followed Shores and fired two scoreless innings with no hits and five strikeouts.

Junior left-hander Riley Cooper also recorded two scoreless innings for the Gold, allowing one hit with four strikeouts.

Junior right-hander Ty Floyd turned in a dominant outing for the Purple, allowing no hits in three scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

Sunday’s games concluded the team’s six-week fall practice period.

LSU will open the 2023 season on Friday, February 17, versus Western Michigan in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

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