LSU Baseball

There’s plenty of expectations for the 2019 LSU baseball team. LSU entered the season as the No. 1 team in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball Top 30 and NCBWA.

A major reason for the hype is because of LSU’s freshman class, which ranks first in the country by Baseball America. LSU’s talented freshmen certainly flashed their potential during a successful opening weekend on the diamond.

LSU swept visiting Louisiana-Monroe 12-7, Army 6-5 and Air Force 17-5 during the opening weekend of the season on Feb. 15-17. LSU (4-0) continued their winning ways on Feb. 19 with a 6-5 victory vs.visiting Southeastern.

The Tigers remain atop the Collegiate Baseball Top 30 and NCBWA polls.

LSU’s freshmen have tallied six total hits (two home runs) and seven RBIs through the first four games. The pitchers have thrown just under 20 innings and have allowed 15 runs (two unearned).

Cade Beloso came through with a clutch three-run walk-off home run vs. Army.

Drew Bianco hit a two-run home run in Sunday’s victory vs. Air Force.

Right-handed pitcher Jaden Hill allowed one run, four hits, one walk and had eight strikeouts in five innings vs. Air Force.

Right-handed pitcher Landon Marceaux allowed one run with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings vs. Army. Right-handed pitcher Cole Henry allowed four runs and seven hits with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings vs. Southeastern.

The returning LSU players are appreciative to have a talented cast of newcomers infused into the mix.

“It’s amazing to see how poised they have been,” sophomore third baseman Hal Hughes said to The Advocate.

The plan is for LSU’s prized freshmen to learn on the job now so that by the time the postseason rolls around they’ll seize their opportunities.

“The more they play, the more confident they get, the more comfortable they get with the bright lights, the more we can count on them,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said to The Advocate.

LSU hosts Bryant in a three-game set on Feb. 22-24, with the games televised on SEC Network+.

As LSU strives for a seventh national championship, the freshmen will definitely serve a significant role.

“The first four games of the season we’ll have three freshman starting pitchers, which is rather unique for a team ranked No. 1 in the country,” Mainieri said to The Advocate, “but I think it’s a demonstration on how high I am on those three freshmen.”