Gold edges Purple, 1-0, to open LSU’s Fall World Series

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Catcher Alex Milazzo’s leadoff base hit in the fourth inning set up the game’s only run Wednesday night as the Gold team posted a 1-0 win over the Purple in Game 1 of the LSU Baseball Fall World Series at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

With the win in the six-inning contest, the Gold leads the series, 1-0. The teams will play Game 2 at 7 p.m. CT Friday, and if the Gold wins Game 2, it is the series champion; if the Purple wins Game 2 by more than one run, it will be the series champion.

“Overall, I just thought the pitching was really outstanding,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “If you would have given me a choice to see a 10-9 game or a 1-0 game, I’d rather see the 1-0 game because it shows that your pitching can be very competitive.

“Offensively, I thought there were several balls that were hit hard, but lined right at players. It was more of a pitchers’ duel than a big-hitting performance tonight. Our pitching staff has looked good all fall, and there have been days where we hit well, too. I’m not worried about our hitting; our pitching just looked really good tonight.”

Milazzo bounced a base hit up the middle to lead off the bottom of the fourth for the Gold. Leftfielder Mitchell Sanford then reached first on a throwing error by pitcher Jacob Hasty, moving Milazzo to third. A wild pitch from Hasty allowed Milazzo to score from third with one out and give the Gold the 1-0 lead.

Milazzo led the Gold at the plate, going 2-3 with singles in the second and fourth innings.

Gold starter Eric Walker pitched two hitless innings, recording one strikeout and allowing one walk.

Right-hander Aaron George took over on the bump for the Gold in the third inning and tossed two innings. He notched two strikeouts and allowed a hit. Trent Vietmeier fired the fifth and sixth innings for the Gold picking up three strikeouts.

AJ Labas, Jacob Hasty and Ma’Khail Hilliard combined to pitch six innings for the Purple. Hasty totaled three strikeouts and allowed one run on one hit with one walk. Hilliard had two strikeouts in the fifth inning, and Labas – the Purple starting pitcher – recorded one strikeout in the second inning to complement a 1-2-3 first inning performance.

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