LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU bolted to a 6-0 lead after three innings on Tuesday, and eight pitchers combined to work nine scoreless innings as the Tigers blanked Grambling State, 7-0, in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
LSU improved to 25-15 with its fourth win in its past five games. Grambling dropped to 14-20 with Tuesday’s loss.
The shutout was LSU’s fifth this season and improved the Tigers’ record in midweek non-conference games to 10-0 on the year.
The Tigers open a three-game SEC series at 6 p.m. CT Friday against No. 1 Arkansas in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
“Grambling has been playing really good baseball recently, and they were coming off a three-game conference sweep last weekend, so I was definitely concerned about this game,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “But, I thought our guys played exceptionally well all day.
“We had just played an emotional series at Ole Miss, Arkansas is coming in this weekend, and our players are in the middle of final exams, so the coach has to worry about a ‘trap’ game. (Starting pitcher) Ma’Khail Hilliard gave us three terrific innings, and all of the pitchers threw the ball well. It was a good, solid victory for us, now the guys can focus on their final exams, and then we’ll get ready for Arkansas.”
Hilliard (3-0) earned the win as he worked three shutout innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and five strikeouts.
Seven relief pitchers combined to limit Grambling over the final six innings to no runs on four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Grambling starter Antoine Valerio (3-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered six runs on nine hits in 2.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
LSU grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning when shortstop Jordan Thompson launched a solo homer – his seventh dinger of the year – and designated hitter Cade Beloso ripped an RBI double into the right-centerfield gap.
The Tigers added four runs in the third as first baseman Tre’ Morgan doubled and scored on rightfielder Dylan Crews’ single; centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo provided a two-run double and second baseman Zach Arnold lifted a sacrifice fly.
A solo homer by leftfielder Brody Drost – his fourth blast of the year – extended LSU’s lead in the seventh inning to 7-0.
Tigers Blow An Eight Run Lead In The 8th Inning, Ole Miss Then Wins 10-9 With A Walk Off Homer In The 9th
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
OXFORD, MS: After winning their first SEC series of the season, the Tigers will be looking to sweep the Rebels on Saturday in Oxford, and through the first seven innings things were looking really good. LSU would go into the bottom if the 8th inning leading 9-1. Ole Miss would explode for eight runs in the bottom of the inning, to tie the game at 9-9. The Rebels would pull out the win in walk off fashion, 10-9. What a gut-wrenching way to lose a ballgame that you dominated for seven and a half innings.
Below is our Game breakdown.....
The Tigers would pick up where they left off on Friday night, as they would continue to swing the bat early. Tre' Morgan would leadoff the game with a single to right field. Dylan Crew would then double down the left field line moving Morgan to third. Gavin Dugas would step to the plate next with runners on second and third with no outs. Dugas would fly out to deep center field, allowing Morgan to tag up and score giving LSU the early lead.
That would be all the Tigers could produce in the inning as Ole Miss pitcher Drew McDaniel would record the final two outs to end the LSU scoring threat.
Will Hellmers would start on the mound for the Tigers and would quickly handle the Rebel hitters in order, three up-three down to end the 1st inning with LSU on top 1-0.
The Tigers would continue to hit off of McDaniel as Jordan Thompson would leadoff the top of the 2nd with a solo homerun over the right field fence. After Beloso and Bianco would both ground out, Alex Milazzo would rip a double down the right field line. Tre' Morgan would step up and come up a huge timely hit, as he would single to right field scoring Milazzo, extending the LSU lead to 3-0. Crews would strike out to end the top of the second, but the Tigers would have a solid inning.
Hayden Dunhurst would leadoff the bottom of the 2nd with a double to right center field. Hellmers would then hit Justin Bench with a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. TJ McCants would then ground into a double play with Dunhurst advancing to third. Hellmers would get Cael Baker to ground out to end the 2nd inning with LSU leading 3-0.
Gavin Dugas would leadoff the 3rd inning with a deep homerun to center field. Giovanni DiGiacomo would then single to right field. The Tigers bats would stay alive as Cade Doughty would single to center field putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Thompson would step up to the plate and lay a sacrifice punt down the third base line to move both runners up. Beloso would strike out for out #2.
Drew Bianco would now have an RBI opportunity, and he would come through against his dad's team as he would single to center field, scoring DiGiacomo and Doughty. Ole Miss skipper, Mike Bianco had seen enough, going to his bull pen to bring in Austin Miller to try and stop the bleeding. Miller would strike out Milazzo, but the Tigers would extend their lead to 6-0 as we would head to the bottom half of the inning.
Hellemrs would leadoff the inning issuing a base on balls to Hayden Leatherwood, then he would hit the next batter to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.
Jacob Gonzalez would step up and ground into a double play, moving Leatherwood to third base. Peyton Chatagnier would double to left field to bring home the run before the Tigers would get the final out of the inning.
With LSU up 6-1, the Tigers would look to stay hot at the plate to continue on building their lead. Morgan would draw a leadoff base on balls, followed by Crews reaching first base on a throwing error.
After Dugas would strike out, DiGiacomo would single to right field, scoring Morgan and moving Crews to third. Cade Doughty would step to the plate next and hot a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Crews home for another run.
Thompson would then single up the middle, forcing a Ole Miss pitching change. Jack Dougherty would take the mound to record the final out, stranding two runners on base. The Tigers were now leading the Rebels, 8-1.
Blake Money would replace Hellmers on the mound to begin the 5th inning. Money would retire the first two Ole Miss hitters before TJ McCants would end up with a ground rule double. Baker would then single to 3rd base putting runners at the corners.
Money would get Leatherwood to pop up for the final out.
Bianco would leadoff the inning getting hit by a pitch. He would then advance to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Milazzo would step up next and lay a bunt down the 3rd base line advancing Bianco to third. After Morgan would strike out, Crews would single to bring Bianco home from third.
The Rebels would record the final out of the inning stranding two Tigers on base.
After Money would give up a double with two outs, Mainieri would bring Javen Coleman to get the final out. We would head to the 6th inning with LSU now up 9-1.
Both teams would go scoreless in the 6th inning.... Thompson would get on base on a fielding error, but the Tigers would leave him stranded on 1st.
Coleman would send Dunhurst to 1st base hitting him with a pitch. Dunhurst would then advance 2nd via a balk. Coleman
would then get the next two hitters to fly out, before sending Baker to 1st with a walk.
Coleman would be able to strike out the side to send us to the 7th...
Both teams again would go scoreless... LSU would go three up-three down...
Coleman would give up back to back singles to start the bottom of the inning, followed by a base on balls to load the bases with no outs. But Coleman would dig down deep and get the next three hitters out. A pop up to 1st base, a strike out, then a floy out to center field. We would head to the 8th with LSU still in control, 9-1...
The Tigers would hope to add to their lead in the 8th, but Tyler Myers who would start the inning on the mound for the Rebels was able to handle the Tiger hitters in order, three up-three down.
Coleman would return to start the bottom of the inning. McCants would leadoff with a single to right field. Coleman would then retire the next two Rebels. After issuing a walk to Van Cleave, things were still looking good for the Tigers with runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs.
That's when the bottom feel out. Gonzalez would step up next and single to right field, scoring McCants and advancing Van Cleave to third.
Chatagnier would step up next and blast a three run homer to center field to cut the LSU lead to 9-5. The homerun seemed to shake Coleman up as he would begin to fall apart.
Graham would single to right field, then advance to 2nd base on a wild pitch. Coleman would then hit Dunhurst, putting
runners on 1st and 2nd with still only two outs.
Paul Mainieri would pull Coleman, replacing him with Garrett Edwards. The runners would move up to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch. Edwars would then walk Justin Bench to load the bases.
With the Tigers still only needing one out to get out of the jam, it wasn't meant to be. TJ McCants would blast a grand slam to center field to tie the game up at 9-9.
Paul Mainieri would end up getting tossed from the ball game after arguing with the home plate umpire about a couple of questionable pitches that looked like strikes but weren't...
The Rebels would send their top closer, Taylor Broadway to the mound to start the 9th inning. Brody Drost would hit a one out double to right center field and it seemed like the Tigers were in business to take the lead back. But Broadway would strike out Bianco and then Milazzo to end the LSU threat.
Ty Floyd would take the mound for the Tigers and try to send the contest to extra innings, however Kemp Alderman would leadoff for the Rebels and end the game as he would blast the first pitch from Floyd over the right field fence to end the ball game. The Rebels would steal one from the Tigers, 10-9 to avoid the series sweep.
“We knew the game wasn’t over with the lead that we had, and I was concerned because Ole Miss has a great hitting team, and this was a very hitter-friendly environment. They’re never out of a game in this ball park." Mainieri noted.. “We used five true freshmen pitchers in the game today, and they all competed as hard as they could. We just couldn’t get to the finish line, unfortunately. The two wins we had earlier in the weekend were great wins against a Top 10 team on the road, so we can build upon this series victory and continue to develop as a team.”
With the loss LSU falls to 24-15 overall and 6-12 in the conference... Ty Floyd would be charged with the loss as his record would drop to 0-2 on the season...
Next up for the Tigers is a home contest against Grambling State on Tuesday, April 27th at 4:00pm before the #1 ranked Arkansas Razorbacks come town on the weekend for a three game SEC series...
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
OXFORD, Miss. – LSU junior right-hander AJ Labas fired a complete game Friday night, and leftfielder Gavin Dugas smashed a grand slam to highlight a five-run ninth inning, as the Tigers defeated ninth-ranked Ole Miss, 7-2, at Swayze Field.
LSU improved to 24-14 overall, 6-11 in the SEC, while Ole Miss dropped to 27-12 and 9-8.
The teams conclude the series at 12 p.m. CT Saturday in a game that will be streamed on SEC Network + and broadcast on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
Labas (3-0) limited Ole Miss to two runs on 10 hits in nine innings with one walk and six strikeouts. His outing marked the first nine-inning complete game by an LSU pitcher since April 24, 2018, when Labas threw a complete-game shutout against Lamar.
“AJ has been doing this all year, he had one rough start early in the season, but since then he’s been automatic,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He pitched courageously; he doesn’t have overpowering stuff, but he makes great pitches. He competes all the way through, and he’s been a big leader for our team.
“Fortunately, we got some runs for him in the ninth inning and made it a little bit easier for him. What an awesome performance for AJ and a great win for our team. Our players have been working hard all year and have kept a great attitude, and I’m very proud of these kids.”
Ole Miss starting pitcher Doug Nikhazy (4-2) was charged with the loss, as he worked six innings and allowed two runs – one earned – on seven hits with three walks and 11 strikeouts.
Labas and Nikhazy were locked in a scoreless duel until the top of the sixth inning, when the Tigers plated two runs. Dugas led off the inning with a double, and he advanced to third base on a single by third baseman Cade Doughty.
Dugas scored on a sacrifice bunt by centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo, and Doughty later scored on first baseman Tre’ Morgan’s RBI single.
Ole Miss narrowed the gap to 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth when leftfielder Kevin Graham unloaded a solo homer, his eighth dinger of the year.
Still holding a 2-1 lead entering the ninth inning, LSU erupted for five runs. Morgan led off with a single, rightfielder Dylan Crews was intentionally walked and third baseman Jordan Thompson bunted and reached safely on a throwing error by third baseman Justin Bench.
With the bases loaded, Dugas launched a pitch from Ole Miss reliever Jackson Kimbrell over the left field wall for his 11th homer and second grand slam of the season.
LSU second baseman Drew Bianco added an RBI single as the Tigers sent 10 men to the plate and seized a 7-1 lead.
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
OXFORD, MS: LSU would travel to Oxford hoping to take a SEC road series against the 12th ranked Ole Miss Rebels, as they continue to fight and battle to stay in NCAA postseason consideration. On Thursday night they took a step in the right direction as they upset the Rebels with a 5-4 comeback victory. Landon Marceaux, Garrett Edwards, and Devin Fontenot pitched very well for the Tigers, while at the plate, the timely hit happened when it was needed. It was a great, much needed team win.....
Below is our game recap.....
The Tigers would strike early, taking advantage of three Ole Miss throwing errors in the top of the 1st inning to plate two runs. LSU would end up leaving two runners stranded taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 1st, as Ole Miss starting pitcher Derek Diamond did a great job of getting out of the error nightmare inning with no more damage being done.
Landon Marceaux would get the first two Rebel hitters to ground out as it looked like it would be a three up-three down inning. However, Kevin Graham would step up and rocket a solo homerun over the left center field wall. Marceaux would issue a base on balls to the next hitter up, but get the final out without allowing anymore noise from the Rebels. We head to the 2nd with the score LSU 2, Ole Miss 1....
Both pitchers would flex their muscles as Diamond would face the minimum with a three up-three down 2nd, while Marceaux would give up a leadoff single but the Tigers would play solid defense to keep the Rebels off the board in the inning.
For the second straight inning LSU would go down quickly and quietly, as Diamond would ring up the Tigers in order in the 3rd.
Marceaux would record his second and third strike outs of the contest as Ole Miss would leave two base runners stranded for the second inning in a row, as we would head to the 4th with LSU still leading 2-1.
LSU would once again go three up-three down as Diamond would have retired his 10th straight Tiger hitter in a row to end the top of the 4th.
Hayden Leatherwood would leadoff with a solo homerun over the right center field fence to tie the score 2-2. Marceuax would allow a couple of base runners, but would strike out Kevin Graham for the final out to get the Tigers out of the inning, keeping the game all evened up at 2-2 after four played.
LSU would manage to get two on base with only one out as Milazzo would get hit by a pitch, followed by a single by Tre' Morgan, but the Tigers would be unable to bring them home leaving them stranded...
Marceaux would face four Rebel hitters in the 5th, allowing a single, but retiring the other three for a silent Ole Miss at bat.
Derek Diamond would continue to pitch a solid game as he would once again get the LSU hitters out in order. Three up-three down...
Cael Baker would leadoff the Ole Miss 6th with a single. Two batter later, Jacob Gonzalez would give the Rebels their first lead of the game with a two run homer over the right field fence.
The home run would chase Marceaux as Paul Mainieri would choose to go to the bull pen, bringing Garrett Edwards into the game to pitch. Edwards and the Tiger defense would record the final two outs to send us to the 7th with Ole Miss leading 4-2.
The Tigers would respond with some fight as Giovanni DiGiacomo would leadoff the 7th with a stand up double down the left field line. Mike Bianco would go to his bull pen, replacing Diamond with his top closer, Taylor Broadway in to try and get the final nine outs without allowing a score.
Broadway would do his job getting the next two LSU hitters out as Drew Bianco would fly out to deep right field, followed by a Mitchell Sanford strike out.
Tre' Morgan would step to the plate and get the big timely hit, as he would single to right field scoring DiGiacomo to cut the lead to one, 4-3.
Dylan Crews would be up next in the lineup and would blast a pitch to deep left field over the fence for a two run homerun, giving the Tigers the lead back, 5-4. Cade Doughty would fly out to end the top of the 7th.
Devin Fontenot would take the mound to try and protect the LSU lead. The Rebels would go quietly in the 7th inning, leaving a man on 1st base. We would head to the 8th with LSU leading 5-4.
The Tigers would try to add some insurance runs, but would strand two runners on base as we would head to the bottom of the inning.
For the second inning in a row Fontenot would issue a base on balls, but would easily retire the needed three outs to take us to the 9th inning of the contest.
Morgan would leadoff the inning with a single to right center field, followed by a Crews taking a base on balls. But Broadway would step up and retire the next three LSU hitters to end the threat.
Mainieri would have no one warming up in the LSU bull pen, leaving it Devin Fontenot's game to win or lose. Hayden Dunhurst would draw a leadoff walk. Justin Bench would then step up and hit a single to right field putting two on base with no outs for the Rebels.
Fontenot would dig down and strike out the next two Ole Miss hitters, bringing Baker up to hit. Baker would single to third base. A great play by Cade Doughty to keep the ball in the infield saved the winning run from scoring, leaving the bases loaded with two outs. Calvin Harris would step to the plate and strike out swinging as Fontenot would get the job done, saving the 5-4 LSU come back win.
With the win LSU is now 23-14 overall, 5-11 in SEC play. Garrett Edwards would get the win for the Tigers, improving his record to 2-2 on the season, while Devin Fontenot would earn his third save of the year.
Next up LSU will battle #10 Ole Miss in game two of their three game series in Oxford on Friday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm.
By: Brittney Achord
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA - With the Tigers sitting at 21-14 overall, 4-11 in the conference, and coming off a two-game losing streak to South Carolina, LSU would look to bounce back against UL-Monroe on Tuesday night.
It would take seven Tiger pitchers, and a scrappy night at the plate, but LSU would manage to shutout the Warhawks for a 5-0 victory.
Will Hellmers would start the night for the Tigers on the mound keeping the Warhawks scoreless through the 4th inning. Hellmers would be awarded the win tonight bringing his record to 6-1. The Warhawks would also see Zachary Murray, Alex Brady, Michael Fowler, Theo Millas, Ma’Khail Hillard, and Ty Floyd. Floyd closed out the 9th with bases loaded and a swing and a miss by ULM.
1st INNING: Scoreless Beginning
The game started out with a stalemate as the Tigers and the Warhawks held each other 0-0 going into the 2nd inning.
2nd INNING: Close, But No Cookie For Either Team
With two runners on base and two outs, the Tigers pulled together to get the third out keeping the Warhawks scoreless once again.
Cade Beloso would breathe life into Alex Box with a hard line drive double down right field line. Giovanni DiGiacomo showed speed like the Flash with a single to first, beating ULM Tyler Lien to the bag while Beloso would advance to third. Drew Bianco would then fly out to left field, stranding the runners leaving us scoreless again in the 2nd.
3rd INNING: Do Not Doubt Doughty
Will Hellmers and the Tigers would easily take down the ULM hitters in order, the Warhawks would go three up-three down to start the 3rd.
Tre’ Morgan had Tiger fans on their feet holding their breath with a double to right center that came inches from clearing the wall. Dylan Crews would ground out to shortstop, advancing Morgan to 3rd. Gavin Dugas would get hit by a pitch to advance to 1st. Cade Doughty stepped up to the plate and made it count with a single RBI to right field, scoring Morgan, and advancing Dugas to 3rd. The Tigers would leave both runners on base as we headed to the 4th inning with LSU up, 1-0.
4th INNING: Milazzo Magic
Hellmers would give up a leadoff single, before retiring the next three Warhawks hitters.
DiGiacomo would get the Tigers started in the 4th with a hard single down the left field line. He would then successfully steal 2nd with eyes praying on home plate. With two outs and DiGiacomo on 2nd, Alex Milazzo would step up to bat hitting a single RBI to left field, scoring DiGiacomo. A throwing error by ULM would help Milazzo advance to 2nd base. The Tigers extend their lead to 2-0.
5th INNING: The Tigers Continue to Pray on the Warhawks
The Tigers would send the Warhawks back to the dugout with no runs as ULM would strand two runners on base..
Crews would leadoff the 5th with a double to right center setting up Dugas with a RBI opportunity. Dugas would come through with single to bring Crews home for a 3-0 lead. However, it would be the only run the Tigers would muster as we would head to the 6th inning.
6th INNING: The Tigers Hold the Warhawks by the Tail Feathers
With a runner on 2nd and two outs, Trace Henry would rip a single to right field. Andrew Beesley would round third and head for home, but the Tigers would relay the ball in quickly to catch him in a rundown, tagging him out to end the scoring threat and the top of the inning.
Jordan Thompson would step up for the Tigers ripping a single to left field. DiGiacomo would then beat out the throw to first on a nice bunt to the pitcher advancing Thompson to 2nd. Bianco would then lay down a bunt and reach 1st base safely to load the bases with no outs for Milazzo. Milazzo would come up with the timely hit, nailing a single RBI to first, scoring Thompson. A throwing error by ULM would help Milazzo advanced to 2nd and allow DiGiacomo to cross the plate for another run. The Tigers would head into the 7th leading 5-0 over the Warhawks.
7th INNING: Scoreless Seventh
Both teams would fail to plate a run in the 7th inning, each leaving a runner on base..
8th INNING: Fading Momentum for the Tigers
Ma’Khail Hillard would take the mound for the Tigers to start the 8th inning, keeping the Warhawks off the scoreboard.
LSU would go three up-three down in the bottom of the 8th...
9th INNING: Swing and a Miss
Ty Floyd would close out the night for the Tigers. The Warhawks would manage to loaded the bases with two outs. Floyd would strike out Mason Holt swinging for the final, clinching the 5-0 victory.
“We were planning to have Hellmers work only two innings, but he was so efficient with his pitches, we decided to let him go three,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “That’s an amazing ratio of pitches per inning, and he gave us three very good innings."
Mainieri would add, “I think the highlight for me was the way (freshman left-hander) Javen Coleman threw the ball. He threw it exceptionally well, and I just loved his mound presence and self-confidence. The way he threw the ball I think can really help us this weekend.”
With the win LSU is now 22-14 overall on the season. Will Hellmers would earn the win for the Tigers, improving his record to 6-1...
Next up the Tigers will travel to Oxford, Mississippi to take on the 12th ranked Rebels for a three game conference series.
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior right-hander Landon Marceaux was named Monday by Collegiate Baseball newspaper as one of its National Players of the Week.
Marceaux, a product of Destrehan, La., defeated fifth-ranked South Carolina on Thursday, firing a career-high 12 strikeouts in a 5-1 victory. Marceaux worked seven shutout innings -- allowing just three hits and one walk – and he threw 107 pitches, 70 for strikes.
His previous career-best for strikeouts was 11, set this season on March 13 versus UT San Antonio.
Marceaux lowered his cumulative ERA to 1.65, and he has recorded 67 strikeouts in 54.2 innings while limiting opponents to a .185 batting average. He is No. 3 in the SEC in ERA, No. 4 in innings pitched, No. 7 in strikeouts and No. 7 in opponent batting average.
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – Fifth-ranked South Carolina posted two seven-inning wins over LSU Saturday in Alex Box Stadium, as the Gamecocks defeated the Tigers by scores of 4-2 and 9-0 in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
South Carolina is 24-10 overall and 10-5 in the SEC, while LSU is 21-14 overall and 4-11 in conference play.
The Tigers are back in action on Tuesday when they face the ULM Warhawks at 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be streamed on SEC Network+ and will be carried on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.
LSU held a 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning of the first game, but the Gamecocks struck for four runs and held on for the 4-2 victory.
In the nightcap, South Carolina starting pitcher Will Sanders (6-1) worked six shutout innings to lead the Gamecocks to the win.
“We were very close to having a great series win against the No. 5 team in the country,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, “but we weren’t able to close out the first game. Obviously, it was a tough day for us. You have a chance to win the first game and win the series, and it turns out to be a heartbreaking loss.
“We tried to put that loss behind us in between games, but it’s easier said than done. We were trying to piece our pitching together in the second game and trying to figure out how to adjust to the loss of a great starting pitcher (Jaden Hill). We just didn’t get off to a good start and got ourselves in a hole right away. From here, we’ve just got to keeping taking one game at a time and get ready for the next challenges.”
LSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 when third baseman Cade Doughty lined an RBI double, and the Tigers extended the advantage to 2-0 in the second on second baseman Zach Arnold’s sacrifice fly.
Meanwhile LSU starting pitcher AJ Labas blanked South Carolina through the first six innings before the Gamecocks rallied in the seventh. First baseman David Mendham and catcher Colin Burgess hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, and pinch hitter Noah Myers bunted the runners to second and third.
Devin Fontenot relieved Labas and gave up a two-run double to second baseman Braylen Wimmer to tie the game 2-2. Fontenot hit shortstop George Callil with a pitch before centerfielder Brady Allen broke the tie with a two-RBI double.
South Carolina right-hander Brett Kerry retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the seventh to earn his third save of the season. Reliever Andrew Peters (3-1), who worked the fifth and sixth innings for the Gamecocks, was credited with the win as he allowed on runs on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.
Fontenot (1-2) was charged with the loss as he allowed two runs on two hits in 0.2 inning with one strikeout. Labas worked 6.1 innings and was charged with two runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Sanders (6-1) walked one and recorded four strikeouts in Game 2, limiting the Tigers to no run on five hits in six innings.
LSU starter Blake Money (1-2) was charged with the loss, as he allowed five runs on five hits in one inning with one walk and one strikeout.
Mendham’s two-run homer in the first inning gave the Gamecocks and early lead they would not relinquish. South Carolina collected 14 hits in the contest, including a 3-for-4 effort by rightfielder Andrew Eyster, who drove in a run and scored twice.
Photos Below By: Michael Bacigalupi
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – Friday's LSU-South Carolina baseball game has been postponed to
inclement weather, and the teams will now play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The doubleheader will consist of two seven-inning games.
Fans will need a Friday game ticket in order to be admitted to Saturday's first game of the twin bill, and a Saturday game ticket will be required for admission to the second game of the doubleheader.
The second game will begin one hour after the conclusion of the first game, and the stadium will be cleared in between games.
Both games will be streamed on SEC Network +, and they may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
By: Jordan Taylor
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: LSU is coming off a much needed series win in Kentucky to give the team some life in the SEC standings. The road doesn't get easier as the season progresses with the SEC spread all over the top 25.
This weekend LSU welcomes the Gamecocks of South Carolina for not your traditional weekend series beginning on a Thursday afternoon.
The Gamecocks are riding a three game win streak into Baton Rouge for this series with a record of 22-9. They will meet a LSU team still trying to find rhythm with a 20-12, record but only 3-9 in SEC play.
LSU comes into Thursday night's contest holding the all time series lead 39-29-1.. The last meeting between these two teams came in Hoover, AL. when LSU would need 12 innings to beat the Gamecocks.
The matchup between pitchers tonight will be Landon Marceaux for LSU while Thomas Farr will start for South Carolina.
Below is our full game recap....
Landon Marceaux would draw the start for the Tigers and would have a three up three down inning to start the ball game.
Morgan would lead off slicing a single up the middle and would later move into scoring position after he recorded his 9th steal of the season, advancing to third on a catchers throwing error.
Tigers would strike first with a long gone two run homerun from Gavin Dugas to give LSU a 2-0 lead. LSU would come close to extending their lead as Giovanni DiGiacomo just missed a three run homerun that was caught at the wall to end the inning.
Marceaux would pick up right where he left off, with another strong, scoreless, three up three down inning..
LSU first two batters would fan quickly but the Tigers would avoid the three up three down inning after Tre' Morgan would get a two out base hit. However he would get thrown out trying to take second to end the 2nd inning.
The Gamecocks would go scoreless in the 3rd, stranding a runner on second base.
LSU would manage two runners on base with two outs, but would leave them stranded as Carolina's pitcher Thomas Farr would get the Gamecocks out of the jam. We would head to the 4th inning with LSU still on top, 2-0.
Marceaux would show signs of control issues early in the 4th. A wild pitch and a hit batter would set up runners at 1st & 2nd with only one out, but Landon would show a lot of grit coming back with back to back strikeouts to end the threat.
Tigers would go scoreless in the bottom of the 4th as Farr continue to pitch a strong game.
It would be a three up-three down inning for the Gamecocks as Marceaux would easily dominate another inning....
The scoreless inning streak would continue as LSU would fail to bring Crews home from 3rd base. The Tigers would still hold onto a 2-0 lead heading to the 6th.
The Gamecocks would show some life here in the 6th with leading off single to right field in front of Crews. Two batters later Marceaux would hit a Gamecock to give them runners at 1st and 2nd. A wild pitch would advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd setting up a RBI opportunity from the four hole in the lineup. Landon Marceaux would make the big pitch to get the big guy swinging in the dirt for a huge strikeout.
Jordan Thompson would make a diving stop that would save two runs from scoring to tie up the game, leaving two runners stranded, protecting their 2-0 lead.
Cade Beloso would leadoff with a single, against a new Gamecock pitcher, but the base runners would quickly vanish after South Carolina would roll up a 4-6-3 double play. The inning would end with a Travenski strikeout.
South Carolina would have something cooking after Mendham would send one into the right center gap for a stand up triple.
Marceaux would need to dig deep to get out this jam and that's exactly what he would do. After a huge strikeout to get the first out of the inning, Jordan Thompson at short would make a huge play as he would field a ground ball and instead of getting the out at first would gun down the runner at home to save a run. The final out would be recorded with a swing and a miss strikeout that would give Landon Marceaux a career high at 12 strikeouts.
The Tigers were looking for an insurance run and that they would get and a little bit more after
Tre' Morgan would get aboard with a one out walk. He would then go from first to home after Dylan Crews would rope a RBI double down the left field line to extend the lead to 3-0.
The hits wouldn't stop there as Dugas would follow Crews with a screamer to center field to put runners 1st and 3rd.
Cade Doughty would then bring Crews home with a sacrifice fly, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead heading to the 8th.
Devin Fontenot would be your new pitcher and he would make quick work of the Gamecock hitters as he would face three batters and strike out all three.
Cade Beloso would send a leadoff homer deep into the night that would clear the Diamond Deck in right field to extend the lead to 5-0. That's all LSU would get as they would head to the 9th up by five.
Fontenot would return for his second inning of work with another run added to his lead. The Gamecocks would get a runner aboard after a throwing error. Next hitter in the order would reach with a walk. Then the bases would load up after Fontenot would hit a batter. But Devin Fontenot would get out of the jam after the defense would roll a huge double play, then he would follow up with retiring the next batter on a swinging strikeout.
South Carolina 1
Landon Marceaux was absolutely dominating with seven strong innings on the mound while getting out of every jam that was presented his way. A career night for strikeouts for the talented junior who's freshly new to this game one roll.
LSU would gain the lead early and never look back to take a much needed home win. Devin Fontenot came in and shut the door with strong pitching in the 8th followed by getting a big double play in the 9th.
Strong pitching, timely hitting, and sensational defense were keys in this victory over the Gamecocks. Couldn't of asked for a better outing from this Tiger team from the effort stand point, and playing a complete game from start to finish.
Landon Marceaux (4-3) 7.0 in, 3 h, 0 er, 1 bb, & 12 k's
Tre' Morgan 2-3
Gavin Dugas 2-4 Two run homerun
Cade Beloso 2-3 Solo homerun
LSU improves to 21-12 (4-9) on the season while South Carolina falls to 22-10 (8-5)....
Next up is game two between LSU and South Carolina Friday night at Alex Box Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:00pm..
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: Tuesday night's baseball game between LSU and Grambling State has been postponed due to the threat of severe weather moving through the Baton Rouge area...
Both schools will work on rescheduling the game for later date this season.
Next up LSU will host #5 South Carolina this weekend beginning on Thursday evening at 6:30pm......
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky broke open a tight 5-3 game with eight runs in the seventh inning Sunday as the Wildcats defeated LSU, 13-4, at Kentucky Proud Park.
LSU, which won the first two games of the weekend series, is 20-12 overall and 3-9 in the SEC. Kentucky improved to 20-9 overall and 6-6 in conference play.
LSU returns to action at 6:30 p.m. CT Tuesday when the Tigers play host to Grambling in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field. The game will be streamed on SEC Network +, and it may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
“I thought we played two great ball games on Friday and Saturday, and it was a two-run game in the seventh today before it got away from us,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “A lot of positive things happened this weekend, and we showed a lot of balance in our lineup to go along with some outstanding pitching. We’ll identify areas in which we need to improve and continue to look forward to another challenging week of games.”
LSU freshman right-hander Blake Money (1-1), making his first career start, was charged with the loss as he allowed five runs on six hits in four innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
Kentucky starter Zack Lee (3-2) earned the win as he worked five innings and limited the Tigers to one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Kentucky took its first lead of the series in the first inning when catcher Coltyn Kessler launched a two-run homer, his second dinger of the season.
The Wildcats extended the lead to 4-0 in the third on a two-run homer by centerfielder Austin Schultz, his first dinger of the year.
LSU narrowed the deficit to 4-1 in the fourth when designated hitter Cade Beloso delivered an RBI single.
Kentucky regained its four-run lead in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Jacob Plastiak, but LSU first baseman Tre’ Morgan launched a two-run homer in the seventh to narrow the margin to 5-3.
The Wildcats, however, erupted for eight runs in the seventh, as leftfielder Oraj Anu blasted a two-run homer and first baseman T. J. Collett lined a three-run double to highlight the outburst.
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
LEXINGTON, KY: The Tigers were looking to winning their first SEC series of the season, and that they did as they were able to hang on for a 8-6 win on Saturday night in Lexington against a scrappy Wildcats ball club. LSU would take a 7-1 lead into the 7th inning behind the solid pitching by AJ Labas. But as it has been through most of the season, the bullpen did all they could to try and surrender this one. The Tigers would hang on and pull out the victory....
Below is our full game breakdown.... GEAUX TIGERS!!
Dylan Crews would draw a one out, base on balls. Crews would then steal second and advance to third on a throwing error by Kentucky catcher, Coltyn Kessler.
Pitcher Ryan Hogenow would strike out Gavin Dugas, then get Cade Doughty to ground out, leaving Crews stranded on base...
AJ Labas would start on the mound for the Tigers and handle the Wildcats' hitters in order, three up-three down to send us to the second inning.
Hagenow would walk Jordan Thompson after striking out leadoff batter Giovanni DiGiacomo. The Tigers would find the bases loaded with only one out after Hagenow would hit Cade Beloso with a pitch, then walk Hayden Travinski.
Hagenow would continue to struggle as would then walk Zach Arnold to send a run across the plate. Wildcats head coach Nick Mingione had seen enough, bringing in Holt Jones from the bullpen to pitch to the LSU hitters.
Tre' Morgan would hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field allowing Beloso to tag up and score from third. Crews would then ground out to end the Tigers inning, leaving two on base, but holding a 2-0 lead.
Labas would give up a lead off single to start the bottom of the second, but would manage to retire the next three Wildcats in order to end any type of a Kentucky scoring threat.. We would head to the third inning with LSU up 2-0.
The Tiger bats would continue to show some type of muscle in the third inning, as Dugas would rip a leadoff triple to right field. Cade Doughty would step up next and hit a single to bring Dugas home.
After a DiGiacomo strike out, Doughty would advance to second base on a wild pitch. Jordan Thompson would then hit a single moving Doughty to third, putting runners on the corners with only one out for Cade Beloso.
Beloso would fly out to deep center field, allowing Doughty to tag up and score. Travinski would ground out to end the top half of the inning with LSU now leading 4-0.
Cam Hill would get the Wildcats on the board hitting a one out, solo homerun to left center. Labas would then strike out the next two Kentucky hitters to end the third inning with the score now, LSU 4, Kentucky 1...
Tre' Morgan would single up the middle after Zach Arnold would leadoff the fourth with a ground out. Morgan would then move to second base on a throwing error by the pitcher, trying to pick him off at first. After Crews would pop foul out, the Wildcats would bring in a new pitcher to face Gavin Dugas who would be up next.
Daniel Harper would enter the game to pitch. Dugas would respond, hitting a two out, two run homerun to left field. Doughty would go down swinging for the final out with LSU now up, 6-1.
AJ Labas would continue to pitch very well as he would face four Kentucky batters in the fourth only giving up a single. We would head to the fifth inning... LSU 6, Kentucky 1...
DiGiacomo would leadoff the top of the fifth with a single to left field. Thompson would then ground out, advancing DiGiacomo to second.
Beloso would step up and single to right field scoring DiGiacomo. Travinski and Arnold would then both strike out back to back to bring Kentucky to the plate in the fifth, but not before LSU would plate anther run. 7-1 Tigers....
Kentucky would manage to get two runners on base in the bottom of the fifth, but Labas and the LSU defense would remain in control, registering the needed three out, to strand the runners on base.
The sixth inning would go by quietly and quickly with both teams going three up-three down as we would head to the seventh with LSU still up 7-1.
LSU would try to get the offense going in the top of the seventh. Thompson would single to left field with two outs. Beloso would then double down the left field line, Thompson would round third and head home but Kentucky would relay the ball perfectly to home plate to tag him out ending the LSU threat.
Labas would begin to run out of juice as he would give up a double to right center followed by a single to left field to put runners on first and third with no outs.
Mainieri would bring Ty Floyd in to replace Labas who had a fantastic night on the mound. Floyd would get the first out quickly. Cam Hill would then single, scoring a run and advancing another runner to third base. Floyd would then walk the next hitter to load the bases. A wild pitch would score a run and move up the runners. TJ Collett would then step to the plate and hit a single to plate two more runs for the Wildcats.
Devin Fontenot would replace the struggling Ty Floyd and quickly get a double play ground ball to get LSU out the inning. But the damage was done by Kentucky as we would head to the eighth inning with LSU now leading 7-5.
Kentucky pitcher Sean Harney would only face four LSU hitters in the top of the eighth, as the Tigers would leave a runner stranded...
Fontenot would get into a small jam in the bottom of the inning giving up a run, but would battle his way out of it with no more damage done... We would head to the ninth inning with LSU holding onto a 7-6 lead...
Doughty would single to center field with one out. DiGiacomo would ground out to advance Doughty to second. Thompson would step up to the plate with a timely hit as he would single to left field to score Doughty for an insurance run. The Tigers would strand two more runners on base as we would head to the bottom of the 9th with LSU up 8-6...
Garrett Edwards would enter the game and take care of the Kentucky hitters in order, three up-three down to end the game with LSU earning a huge 8-6 victory.
“I thought we played a good ball game for the second night in a row,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We came out again and had some really good at-bats and built a lead, and AJ pitched really well. I didn’t think Kentucky would go away, they didn’t, and they battled us right to the end. We were able to hang on, and it was a good win for us.”
With Saturday's win LSU is now 20-11 overall and 3-8 in the SEC... AJ Labas would earn the win to go
2-0 on the season, while Garrett Edwards recorded his 3rd save of the year...
Next, LSU will go for the series sweep on Sunday in Lexington. First pitch scheduled for 12:00pm....
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
LEXINGTON, Ky. – LSU junior right-hander Landon Marceaux worked a season-high 7.1 innings Friday night, and the Tigers blasted three homers in a 15-2 win over Kentucky at Kentucky Proud Park.
LSU improved to 19-11 overall, 2-8 in the SEC, while Kentucky dropped to 19-8 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
The teams meet in Game 2 of the series at 5:30 p.m. CT Saturday – the game will be streamed on SEC Network +, and it may be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.
Saturday’s game was originally scheduled to start at 1 p.m. CT; however, the threat of afternoon thunderstorms in the Lexington area pushed the starting time to the evening.
Marceaux (3-3) pitched 7.1 innings, limiting Kentucky to one earned run on seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He fired 99 pitches in the outing, 71 for strikes.
LSU collected 17 hits, including home runs by rightfielder Dylan Crews, leftfielder Gavin Dugas and first baseman Tre’ Morgan. Catcher Hayden Travinski and designated hitter Cade Beloso each contributed four RBI, and centerfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo had three hits and scored three runs.
“Landon pitched tonight the way he’s pitched all season; he was tremendous,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “We gave him plenty of offensive support – we had 17 hits and plenty of hard-hit balls that were outs. It feels great to get the win, but I always tell the players after a win or a loss, it’s just one game. Kentucky has a very good ball club, and when tomorrow’s game starts, the score is back to 0-0. We’ll enjoy this win for a little while and then turn our focus to Game 2.”
Kentucky starter Cole Stupp (3-2) was charged with the loss as he surrendered eight runs on 12 hits in five innings with no walks and four strikeouts.
Crews blasted a solo homer – his ninth dinger of the season -- in the top of the first inning to give LSU a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers expanded the margin to 3-0 in the fourth when Travinski lined a two-run single to score third baseman Cade Doughty and DiGiacomo, who had posted back-to-back singles to start the inning.
LSU exploded for five runs in the fifth Dugas unloaded a two-run homer, Beloso delivered a two-run single and Travinski lifted a sacrifice fly.
Morgan’s solo homer – his third blast of the year -- to lead off the sixth increased the LSU lead to 9-0.
Kentucky narrowed the gap to 9-2 with single runs in the sixth and seventh, but LSU erupted for six runs in the top of the ninth. The outburst was highlighted by a two-run double by Morgan, a two-run single by Beloso and Travinski’s RBI single.
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: LSU has lost six of their last seven games, so coming into Tuesday's contest with McNeese State, the Tigers were looking to come away with a much needed win, and that they did. The Tigers were able to get their bats going tonight as they easily beat McNeese State, 14-1....
Lets take a look at the game recap below....
Leadoff hitter Payton Harden would drive the first pitch of the ball game into left field just over the outstretched glove of LSU short stop Jordan Thompson for a single. After a pop up, Harden would steal second base to get into scoring position. LSU starting pitcher Garrett Edwards would retire the next two batters to strand the Cowboys' runner on base...
The Tigers would quietly go three up-three down in the bottom of the first inning..
Edwards would pitch a nice second inning, facing four McNeese hitters, stranding a runner on first base..
Jordan Thompson would draw a one out walk, then would be able to advance to second on a Cade Doughty fielders choice out at first base.
Giovanni DiGiacomo would then step up to the plate and drill a double to deep left field to score
Thompson from second. Christian Vega would get Travinski to ground out to first to end the inning, stranding DiGiacomo on base. We would head to the top of the third with LSU up, 1-0.
Will Hellmers would enter the game for the Tigers after two nicely pitched innings by Garrett Edwards. After giving up a leadoff base on balls, Hellmers settle in and would put out the next three McNeese hitters.
The Tigers continue to struggle at the plate, again going three up-three down...
After putting out the first two Cowboy hitters, Hellmers would walk Julian Gonzalez, who would then steal second base. The Tigers would register the final out to leave the runner on base to end the top of the 4th.
McNeese head coach Justin Hill would decide to go to his bullpen, bringing in Zack May to relieve Vega. Gavin Dugas would leadoff the Tiger 4th inning with a single to left field. Brody Drost would step up to the plate next and would end up on first base after May hit him with a pitch.. With two on and no outs, Thompson would step up next and come through with a timely single to left field scoring Dugas.
2-0 Tigers as Coach Hill would decide to pull May, bringing in Hunter Reeves to face the LSU Hitters. Reeves would have little luck as Cade Doughty would hit a single right up the middle scoring Drost and advancing Thompson to third base.
DiGiacomo would then ground out to the pitch, bringing Thompson home. Hayden Travinski would then draw a base on balls. Zach Arnold would then ground out to the pitcher, moving Travinski to second and Doughty to third.
Dylan Crews would step up next with two outs and two on, and would rip a two RBI single up the middle. Crews would get caught trying to steal second to end the inning, but the Tigers would have a nice frame at the plate, extending their lead to 6-0.
Coach Mainieri would send Michael Fowler to the mound to replace Hellmers to start the 5th.
Fowler would give up a one out single, but would then strike out the next two McNeese hitters to take us to the bottom of the inning.....
Tre' Morgan would leadoff the inning being hit by a pitch giving him a free trip to first base. After Dugas would fly out, Drost would get on with a base on balls, setting up runners on first and second with one out. Thompson would step up to bat but would hit a grounder to the third baseman who would step on his bag to force Morgan out.
Cade Doughty would hit next and would launch a long fly ball that would hit off of the deep center field wall, for a two RBI double.
DiGiamoco would then ground out for the final out. But the Tigers would have an inning, adding two more runs to their lead... LSU 8 - McNeese St. 0...
Theo Millas would enter the game to pitch for LSU to begin the 6th, and on his first pitch he would give up a solo homerun to Nate Fisbeck.
Millas would quickly settle in and get the next two Cowboy hitters out before giving up a single down the third base line to Gonzalez. But McNeese would leave him on base as the Tigers would get their last put out of the top of the inning...
Hayden Travinski would leadoff the inning by launching his fourth homerun of the season over the
left center field wall... After a Zach Arnold strike out, Dylan Crews would draw a walk, forcing another pitching change by Justin Hill, as McNeese would send their sixth pitcher of the night, Brody Strahan, to the mound. Strahan would manage to get the next two LSU hitters out to avoid anymore damage done. After six innings LSU now leads 9-1.
Millas would return to the rubber and would need to throw several pitches to get the first two Cowboys out, as they would battle hard at the plate. Mainirei would decide to bring Jacob Hasty into the contest to get the final out of the 7th and would do so forcing a ground out.
LSU would go quietly in the 7th inning, sending four batters to the plate, leaving one on base.
Aaron George would take over the pitching duties in the top of the 8th and would pitch well as the Cowboys would go down in order quietly, three up-three down..
The Tigers would hope to add some insurance runs in the bottom of the 8th as Cade Doughty would start things off with a leadoff single to center field before taking second base on a wild pitch.
Zach Arnold would get hit by a pitch sending him to first base. Collier Cranford would enter the game to pinch run for Arnold. That would set up runners on first and second with no outs for Mitchell Sanford who would line a ball to deep right center field to the base of the wall for a two RBI triple. Sanford would then come home to score on a wild pitch to extend LSU's lead to 12-1. Will Safford would then step up to bat and draw a walk.
McNeese would make another pitching change, sending Sean-Michael Brady, their ninth pitcher of the night.
Cade Beloso would then single to left field, advancing Safford to second. Drost would be up next in the lineup and fly out to deep center field, allowing Safford to tag up and advance to third base.
Jake Wyeth would then fly out to right field scoring Safford from third.
Next up would be Cade Doughty who would double to left field bringing home Beloso.
The Cowboys would register the final out to finally stop the bleeding as we would head to the 9th with
LSU now up, 14-1.
Paul Mainieri would insert Trent Vietmeier in to pitch and he would easily take care of the Cowboys in the 9th, three up-three down, ending the ball game with a 14-1 LSU victory.
“It feels great to get a win, especially after a tough weekend,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “You don’t always know how the kids are going to respond when setbacks happen, and I was concerned because we were playing a very good McNeese team. But, I’m proud of the way we competed tonight and we earned a nice win....... I thought Gio really gave us a lift with his return to the lineup,” Mainieri said, “and Garrett Edwards gave us a lift as well with the way he pitched early in the ball game. I’m just happy for our kids tonight, because it puts them in a good frame of mind as we get ready to go to Lexington.”
With the win LSU is now 18-11 on the season. Garrett Edwards would earn his first win of the season (1-2).
With the SEC being so loaded this season, the Tigers need to continue taking advantage of playing these mid-week games against teams from inferior conferences that they can beat up, trying to help raise their confidence as they go into a SEC series weekend. It's like playing in a Super Regional every weekend. It's brutal competition....
Next up the Tigers will travel to Lexington to take on the Kentucky Wildcats.
LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior pitcher Jaden Hill will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2021 season due to a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow, coach Paul Mainieri said Monday.
Hill suffered the injury in Friday’s game versus Vanderbilt, and the diagnosis was confirmed Monday after team doctors conducted an examination of the elbow.
“It’s heartbreaking for all of us to receive this news,” Mainieri said, “but it’s especially disappointing for Jaden as a young man who has such a bright future in baseball. We will do everything we can to support Jaden in his return to full health. He has a tremendous work ethic, and I’m very confident he will overcome this setback.”