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LSU starts Fall Series Today


LSURings BATON ROUGE — Game 1 of the LSU Baseball Purple-Gold World Series begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Alex Box Stadium. The three-game intrasquad series signals the conclusion of LSU’s five-week fall practice session.

Game 2 is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday and Game 3 starts at 3 p.m. Thursday. All games will be seven innings, and they are open to the public with free admission.

“The Purple-Gold World Series always generates a lot of excitement within our team,” said LSU head coach Paul Mainieri. “We’ve had a very productive fall practice period, and these games will give us a chance to evaluate our club in a competitive environment.”

Mainieri said that two returning starters – junior outfielder Leon Landry and sophomore infielder Tyler Hanover – will miss the games due to injury. Landry is recovering from toe surgery, and Hanover is nursing a strained groin muscle. Both players are expected to be a full strength when preseason workouts begin in January.

LSU hitting coach Javi Sanchez will serve as the head coach of the Gold team, and he will be assisted by Tigers’ equipment managers Matt Montgomery and A.J. Million.

LSU volunteer coach Will Davis will be the head coach of the Purple squad, and he will be assisted by undergraduate assistant coach Buzzy Haydel and equipment manager Josh Pope.

The Gold team will start junior right-hander Ben Alsup on the mound in Game 1, while the Purple will counter with freshman right-hander Michael Reed.

Game 2 will match Gold junior right-hander Daniel Bradshaw versus Purple junior right-hander Austin Ross. Gold sophomore left-hander Chris Matulis will face Purple junior right-hander Anthony Ranaudo in Game 3.

The coaches conducted a draft on Monday in order to form the two squads for the series. Below are the rosters for this week’s games:


Manager: Javi Sanchez
Assistant Coaches: Matt Montgomery, AJ Million
47 Ben Alsup, RHP
36 Austin Nola, SS
24 Daniel Bradshaw, RHP
8 Mikie Mahtook, OF
25 Joey Bourgeois, RHP
9 Wet Delatte, INF
20 Shane Riedie, RHP
33 Micah Gibbs, C
38 Kyle Koeneman, INF
29 Jordan Rittiner, LHP
14 Wes Luquette, C
13 Alex Edward, OF/INF
5 Mason Katz, INF


Manager: Will Davis
Assistant Coaches: Buzzy Haydel, Josh Pope
44 Paul Bertuccini, RHP
34 Blake Dean, INF
21 Johnny Dishon, OF
16 Matt Fury, INF
35 Matt Gaudet, OF/INF
7 Grant Dozar, INF
45 Mitch Mormann, RHP
3 Trey Watkins, OF
20 Edmond Sparks, C
18 Michael Reed, RHP
32 Zach LaSuzzo, LHP
28 Forrest Garrett, LHP
23 Anthony Ranaudo, RHP
12 Austin Ross RHP
22 Matty Ott, RHP
27 Beau Didier, INF

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