The Purple team may have needed some late inning heroics to complete a dramatic comeback victory in Game One of the Purple-Gold World Series, but on Thursday night they cruised to a Game 2 win 12-4.
The hope for the 2021 LSU baseball team is that junior righty Jaden Hill can live up to his lofty potential and be the ace of the Tigers staff. Hill delivered Thursday night. Facing LSU’s best batters, Hill only allowed one run in three innings, struck out two and his fastball hovered around 95 miles per hour.
“That was the best he’s looked all fall,” Paul Mainieri said. “Tonight was very, very encouraging. He put it together.”
Junior second baseman Gavin Dugas had a strong game at the plate, going 2-4 with a double and drove in two runs, including a solo shot in the fifth that pushed the Purple team’s lead to 12-1.
Gavin Dugas crushes this solo homer into the left field bleachers to extend the Purple lead to 12-1 pic.twitter.com/wCmhGR1zIz— LSUBaseballData (@LSUBaseballData) November 6, 2020
“Gavin (Dugas) had a great night tonight,” Mainieri said. “He smoked a double down the line, hit a home run, and drove in a couple of important runs.”
In addition to Dugas’ home run, the Purple bats scored four runs in the second and third innings, and three in the fourth.
Game 3 of the Purple-Gold World Series, the final scrimmage of LSU’s fall preseason schedule, is set for Friday evening. Landon Marceaux will take the mound for the Purple team and goes up against Will Hellmers.