2012 Golden Spikes Award Watch: Kevin Gausman Strikes Out 11 In 5-4 Victory

Colorado's own Kevin Gausman continues to pitch successfully down in the bayou for the LSU Tigers. On Friday night, he did allow four runs on 10 hits over seven innings, but he was able to strike out 11 and win his seventh game in the 5-4 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. This was his third game of the season with 11 punch-outs, but one less than his career high (which also came this season). He showed good control once again by walking just one batter.

Gausman allowed most of the runs on singles, but back-to-back doubles to start the fourth inning allowed the first of two runs that frame. Chris Cotton and Nick Goody were perfect over the final two innings of the game to complete the win.

Former Colorado Rockies draft pick SS Austin Nola went 2-for-4 with three RBI in this game. The 48th-round draft pick singled in a run in the first inning and then doubled in the other two during the fifth inning. He attempted to stretch that hit into a move to third base, but a multi-throw relay pegged him out at third base, ending the inning.

Gausman is 7-1 in 10 starts with a 3.00 ERA in 69 innings pitched. He has allowed 60 hits and 20 walks while striking out 88 batters. He has pitched himself into a top 10 spot in the June MLB Draft.

For a complete recap of this game, visit LSU's official site.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Denver. For more Rockies coverage, head over to Purple Row. And for more on Major League Baseball prospects, visit Minor League Ball.

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