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LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – Catcher Tyler McManus launched a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to break a 3-3 tie and lift LSU to a 8-6 win over UL Lafayette in the first of two eight-inning scrimmages at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The Tigers edged the Cajuns, 9-8, in the second eight-inning scrimmage as infielders Jordan Thompson and Cade Doughty combined to drive in five runs for LSU.
“I thought we played really well,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “We left a few at-bats on the table, but we honestly haven’t gotten to that phase of situational hitting yet in practice. What I’m excited about is that the things we need to do better are all in front of us as part of our development process. Our plate discipline was really good, which created a lot of opportunities, and with the ability I believe our players have, we’re eventually going to crack through.”
LSU trailed the Cajuns, 3-2, entering the bottom of the seventh, but Thompson tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly to tie the game. The Tigers loaded the bases later in the inning, setting the stage for the grand slam by McManus to give LSU a 7-3 lead it would not relinquish.
LSU grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of second on Thompson’s RBI single that scored left fielder Gavin Dugas. The Cajuns responded to tie the game 1-1 in top of third and LSU took a 2-1 advantage in the fifth when Doughty was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Thompson from third.
UL Lafayette scored two runs in the sixth to take 3-2 lead before LSU mounted its comeback in the seventh inning.
LSU overcame an early 4-0 deficit in the second scrimmage, with Thompson’s three-run homer in the third inning giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead.
The Cajuns responded and held a 7-5 advantage in the fifth, but Cade Beloso delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, and Doughty’s run-scoring double in the sixth tied the contest at 7-7.
The Tigers scored the go-ahead run in the seventh when outfielder Dylan Crews drew a bases-loaded walk, and LSU extended the margin to 9-7 later in the inning on a passed ball.
Notable Stats from Scrimmage Game 1
Notable Stats from Scrimmage Game 2
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LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson on Wednesday announced the 21 members of the Tigers’ 2022 recruiting class that have signed national letters-of-intent with the program.
The class is ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game, and the players in the class will be eligible for competition in the 2022-23 academic year.
"Our entire staff has worked tirelessly since our arrival this summer to put this class together,” Johnson said. “It features some of the top players in the country, and it will help accelerate our pursuit of getting the Tigers back to Omaha. There is high-end talent at every position all over this class, and it is a group that will complement the great group of returning players we will have in 2023.
“This class reflects that there is no place better in America for the elite player to play college baseball. I know our fans will love seeing this group at ‘The Box’ in 2023 and beyond.”
The class features:
• 11 Top 100 players in the Perfect Game overall national rankings
• 10 players selected to play in the Perfect Game All-American Classic
• 4 of the top Junior College pitchers in the United States
• 13 players that are ranked #1 at their positions in their respective states
“I am proud of our entire staff for their efforts to helping us get to today,” Johnson said. “Our Recruiting Coordinator Dan Fitzgerald spearheaded this, with great contributions from our Pitching Coach Jason Kelly, Hitting Coach Marc Wanaka, Director of Operations Tyler Nordgren, Director of Player Development Perry Roth, and Director of Scouting and Video Jamie Tutko. This is a great day for LSU Baseball."
Listed below are the members of LSU’s 2022 signing class:
Nate Ackenhausen, LHP
Owasso, Okla. (Eastern Oklahoma State)
· Recorded 56 strikeouts in 28 innings at Eastern Oklahoma State in 2021
Kaleb Applebey, RHP
Mount Carmel, Ill. (Wabash Valley CC)
· #2 Ranked Player in Illinois for Class of 2021 by Prep Baseball Report
Nick Bronzini, LHP
San Ramon, Calif. (California HS)
· #2 Ranked Left-Handed Pitcher in California by Perfect Game
· Ranked nationally as No. 128 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Micah Bucknam, RHP
Abbotsford, British Columbia (Mennonite Educational Institute)
· Drafted in 16th Round of 2021 MLB Draft by Toronto Blue Jays
· Ranked nationally as No. 186 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Justin Crawford, OF
Las Vegas, Nev. (Bishop Gorman HS)
· #1 Ranked Player in Nevada by Perfect Game for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 12 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Gavin Guidry, SS
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)
· #1 Ranked Player in Louisiana by Perfect Game for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 55 overall prospect by Perfect Game
· Member of the 2021 18U Team USA National Team
Griffin Herring, LHP
Southlake, Texas (Southlake HS)
· #4 Ranked Left-Handed Pitcher in Texas by Perfect Game
· Ranked nationally as No. 286 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Jared Jones, C
Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)
· #1 Ranked Catcher in Georgia; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 45 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Michael Kennedy, LHP
Troy, N.Y. (Troy HS)
· #1 Ranked Left-Handed Pitcher in state of New York; member of the 2021 18U USA National Team
· Ranked nationally as No. 77 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Paxton Kling, OF
Roaring Springs, Pa. (Central HS)
· #1 Ranked Player in Pennsylvania by Perfect Game for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 14 overall prospect by Perfect Game
· Member of 2021 18U USA National Team
Jacob Misiorowski, RHP
Grain Valley, Mo. (Crowder CC)
· #2 Ranked Player in Missouri for Class of 2020 by Prep Baseball Report
Aiden Moffett, RHP
Mount Olive, Miss. (Taylorsville HS)
· #1 Ranked Right-Handed Pitcher in Mississippi for Class of 2022
· Ranked nationally as No. 189 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Brady Neal, C
Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy)
· #1 Ranked Catcher in Florida for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 32 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Jaden Noot, RHP
Oak Park, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)
· #1 Ranked Right-Handed Pitcher in California for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 22 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Mic Paul, OF
Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS)
· #1 Ranked OF in Utah for Class of 2022
· Ranked nationally as No. 411 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Mikey Romero, SS
Menifee, Calif. (Orange Lutheran HS)
· #1 Ranked SS in California for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 23 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Zeb Ruddell, OF
Monroe, La. (Neville HS)
· #2 Ranked player in Louisiana for Class of 2022
· Ranked nationally as No. 246 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Chase Shores, RHP
Midland, Texas (Midland Lee HS)
· #1 Ranked Right-Handed Pitcher in Texas for Class of 2022; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 24 overall prospect by Perfect Game
Adrian Siravo, RHP
Gilmanton, N.H. (Weatherford [Texas] CC)
· 2021 Cape Cod League All-Star
Robby Snelling, LHP
Reno, Nev. (McQueen HS)
· #1 Ranked Pitcher in Nevada; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 71 overall prospect by Perfect Game
· 4-Star Football Recruit at McQueen HS
Tucker Toman, 3B
Columbia, S.C. (Hammond HS)
· #1 Ranked Third Baseman in South Carolina; played in Perfect Game All-American Classic
· Ranked nationally as No. 17 overall prospect by Perfect Game
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By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – Catcher Tyler McManus went 3-for-5 with a towering home run to left field Sunday to lead the LSU baseball team to a 13-5 win in their first fall scrimmage against the UNO Privateers at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
The scrimmage against the Privateers was the first chance head coach Jay Johnson had to see his team in action against an opponent not wearing the purple and gold. The teams competed in two 10-inning sessions with a 30-minute break in between.
“It was great,” Johnson said. “One of the reasons you do this is so you get some type of feel for the real thing, and it’s good for our players.”
Game No. 1
LSU wins 13-5
In the first session of the day, which got underway at Noon, UNO jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning after a double down the left-field line and an RBI single. Junior Cade Doughty led off for the Tigers in the bottom of the first and smoked a double to the right-centerfield gap, but LSU was unable to capitalize.
For the remainder of the game, UNO scored four runs, while the Tigers scored 13. In the bottom of the second inning, DH Brayden Jobert reached on an infield single and McManus brought him in with a home run to left. After a walk to sophomore Brody Drost, transfer Jack Merrifield doubled down the left-field line to put two runners in scoring position for Doughty. He would bring in Drost with a single up the middle, and sophomore Tre’ Morgan would knock a run in on a sacrifice fly to center.
With the score 4-1 in LSU’s favor, the Tigers scored two runs in the bottom of the third after senior Gavin Dugas led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. A base hit up the middle from Drost would plate Dugas, and a throwing error by the Privateers allowed LSU to tack on another run.
In the fourth, the Tigers added three more runs, all coming with two outs. After Dugas drew a walk, Jobert collected a base hit. Senior Cade Beloso would step up to the plate with a runner on and smoke a two-run homer into the right-field bleachers to make the score 9-1.
“(Cade Beloso and Tyler McManus) are just mature hitters,” Johnson said. “They have a good number of at-bats under their belts. They separate balls from strikes; both of them have worked extremely hard since we got rolling at the end of August. Made a couple of swing adjustments, and they’re carrying them into their games and at-bats very nicely.”
LSU would plate two more in the bottom of the fifth, scoring a run for the fourth straight inning. The Tigers capitalized on Privateer mistakes, scoring on two wild pitches. Neither team would score again until the bottom of the ninth when Merrifield, Morgan, and Dylan Crews tallied base hits. Merrifield crossed home plate on Morgan’s double, and Morgan scored on Crews’ single to left field.
UNO added four runs in the top of the 10th after a walk, three doubles, and a wild pitch.
On the mound, LSU went to five different pitchers including transfer right-hander Eric Reyzelman. He finished the day with two innings pitched, retiring the side in both frames with three strikeouts.
“(Reyzelman)’s got a great arm,” Johnson said. “His fastball is getting up to 97, he’s pitching at the bottom of the zone, and he’s aggressive. I really liked his demeanor. I thought he pitched with a lot of confidence, a lot of conviction, and his stuff is plenty good enough. When he does that, he’s going to get outs.”
To start the day off, sophomore Javen Coleman pitched three innings, tallying four strikeouts, while only giving up one run. Following Reyzelman in the middle innings, sophomore Blake Money toed the rubber, pitching three solid innings. He gave up no runs on three hits and struck out two. Grant Fontenot and Jacob Hasty closed out the first session in the ninth and 10th innings.
NOTABLE STATS FROM GAME 1 VS UNO
Tyler McManus 3-5, HR, BB, 2 RBI
Brayden Jobert 3-6, 2B
Tre Morgan 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 RBI
Cade Doughty 2-5, 2B, BB, RBI
Blake Money 3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 Ks
Eric Reyzelman 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 Ks
Game No. 2
LSU wins 6-1
Just like in the first session, UNO got off to a good start in the first inning. The second batter of the session hit a home run to right field that put the Privateers ahead 1-0 early.
While the Tigers couldn’t get their bats going, UNO struggled to scratch any more runs across. LSU turned their fortunes, though, in the bottom of the fourth when Doughty smashed a double to straightaway centerfield. Morgan smoked a triple to the right-centerfield gap to score Doughty and tie the game.
Both teams remained at a stalemate until Beloso launched his second home run of the day halfway up the right-field bleachers to give LSU a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh. After Giovanni DiGiacomo reached on a base on balls, Brennan Holt and Will Safford bunted their way on base, showing off impressive speed.
Freshman Blaise Priester widened the lead with a double down the left-field line, scoring DiGiacomo and Holt, making the score 4-1. Safford scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.
After giving up the first-inning home run, the Tiger pitching staff was able to effectively limit the Privateers. Ty Floyd threw three innings and picked up six strikeouts, while only giving up the solo dinger.
Left-hander Bryce Collins came in to face one batter before freshman right-hander Cale Lansville took over. Lansville went 3.2 innings and tallied six strikeouts while allowing no runs on one hit. Right-hander Paul Gervase replaced Lansville in the top of the eighth and sat the Privateers down on strikes in order.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the bottom of the ninth after a single from Jobert and a double from Beloso to make it 6-1.