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    LSU opens the 2017 season on Feb. 17 vs. Air Force.

    Published: October 12, 2016, 03:00 PM (CT)
    by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID


    BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2016 LSU baseball recruiting class is rated No. 4 in the nation in the annual Baseball America magazine recruiting rankings.


    Ole Miss is No. 1 in the Baseball America recruiting poll, followed by North Carolina, Florida, LSU, TCU, Stanford, Arizona State, Florida State, Washington and Arizona.


    LSU’s class was ranked No. 7 last month by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


    The 13-man recruiting class includes seven pitchers and six position players. The new Tigers are participating with the veteran players in fall workouts and scrimmages, which began on September 25 and continue through November 6.


    LSU will enter the 2017 season as the only team to earn an NCAA Tournament National Seed in the each of the past five years, and the Tigers are only the second squad in NCAA history to secure five consecutive National Seeds.


    The 2017 season opens on February 17 when the Tigers play host to Air Force in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
     



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    Purple-Gold World Series Starts Thursday
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    Published: November 02, 2016, 01:52 PM (CT)
    by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID
     
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    Alex Lange defeated Baylor in 2015 at Minute Maid Park.

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    Tickets for Houston College Classic on Sale Now
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    Published: November 07, 2016, 02:12 PM (CT)
    by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive


    HOUSTON — Tickets for the 17th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which will be held from March 3-5, 2017, are now on sale. The three-day, six-team, nine-game tournament, which is held at Minute Maid Park every spring, will feature six premier programs from the Big 12 and SEC conferences.

    The 2017 field could be the strongest lineup in tournament history, as it featured five teams that finished ranked in the top 25 in the USA Today Coaches final 2016 poll. The 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will include TCU (#3), Texas Tech (#6), Texas A&M (#9), LSU (#12), Ole Miss (#18) and Baylor.

    The 2017 field is composed of five teams that hosted 2016 NCAA Regionals, in fact four of the teams advanced to Super Regionals in TCU, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and LSU. Additionally, TCU and Texas Tech both advanced to the College World Series.

    Historically, the College Classic has hosted the No. 1 team in preseason polls six times in tournament history and has hosted two eventual College World Series Champions. Several current Major League players have played in the Classic, including Alex Bregman, David Price, Michael Bourn, Gerrit Cole, Mike Leake and Anthony Rendon, to name a few.

    Adult and youth daily tickets and three-day tournament passes are available for purchase online at www.Astros.com/CollegeClassic. Fans can purchase premium tickets or group tickets, for groups of 20 or more, by calling 713-259-8030. Daily tickets purchased in advance are available for $19 for adults and $14 for youth (ages 14 and under). Three-day tournament passes can be purchased for $42 for adults and $24 for youth. Select parking in the Astros controlled lots will be sold for $20 (Diamond Lot) and $10 (Lot A).

    For interest in hosting a special event at the ballpark over the weekend, please call 713-259-8800. Student tickets will also be available for the tournament, but will only be sold once the box office opens in January.

    This year marks the second straight year that the tournament will carry the name the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, which was set forth by a multi-year naming rights agreement between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament and will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.

    “This event provides us with a wonderful platform to share our story of having changed the lives of more than 1.3 million children,” said Chris Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “We are grateful for the Astros Foundation and some of the country’s premier collegiate baseball programs for joining us in our mission of providing world class care to children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.”

    The tournament’s television schedule will be announced at a later date.

    2017 Shriners Hospital for Children College Classic Schedule*

    Friday, March 3

    Ole Miss at Baylor, 12:05 p.m.
    Texas Tech at Texas A&M, 3:35 p.m.
    TCU at LSU, 7:05 p.m.

    Saturday, March 4

    Texas Tech at Ole Miss, 12:05 p.m.
    Baylor at LSU, 3:35 p.m.
    Texas A&M at TCU, 7:05 p.m.

    Sunday, March 5

    LSU at Texas Tech, 10:05 a.m.
    TCU at Ole Miss, 1:35 p.m.
    Texas A&M at Baylor, 5:05 p.m.

    (home teams listed second)
    * - times subject to change

    For more information about the tournament, please visit Astros.com/CollegeClassic.
     
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    LSU No. 2 in Collegiate Baseball Poll
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    Published: December 20, 2016, 12:39 PM (CT)
    by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU is ranked No. 2 in the 2017 Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll released Tuesday, marking the sixth straight season the Tigers will begin the year among the Top 10 teams in the nation.

    LSU, the nation’s leader in wins (249) over the past five years, is also the only team in the country to have earned an NCAA Tournament National Seed in each of the last five seasons (2012-16).

    LSU is one of four Southeastern Conference teams appearing in the 2017 preseason Top 10, along with No. 3 Florida, No. 4 South Carolina and No. 6 Vanderbilt.

    Other SEC squads appearing in the Top 40 are No. 20 Texas A&M and No. 22 Ole Miss.

    TCU, which LSU will face on March 3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, is No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball poll. Other non-conference opponents appearing in the poll are No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette, No. 29 Texas Tech, No. 34 Tulane and No. 36 Southeastern Louisiana.

    LSU opens the 2017 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 17 versus Air Force in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

    "It’s always an exciting day when Collegiate Baseball releases their preseason poll because it’s a signal that the start of the college baseball season is right around the corner, ” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who has directed the Tigers to one national championship, four College World Series appearances, three SEC overall titles, five SEC division titles and five SEC tournament championships in 10 seasons. “Our 2017 team will approach going into this season just as every team before them has approached a new season. We have a confident group that believes we can play for all the marbles if we go out each day, play as hard as we can, and take it one game at a time.

    “We are honored to be recognized in this poll, as it is nice to see that others believe we have a quality team as well. However, we realize that we will have to earn everything that we get. Nothing is handed to you in college baseball, and particularly in the SEC. We embrace the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”

    LSU returns eight of its nine starting position players from last season’s team, including senior shortstop Kramer Robertson, senior second baseman Cole Freeman, junior outfielder Greg Deichmann, sophomore infielder Chris Reid, junior catcher Michael Papierski, junior outfielder Beau Jordan, sophomore outfielder Antoine Duplantis and junior designated hitter Bryce Jordan.

    Senior catcher Jordan Romero, senior infielder/outfielder Bryce Adams and sophomore outfielder Brennan Breaux are other returning players with starting experience.

    Senior left-hander Jared Poche’ and All-American junior right-hander Alex Lange are back for their third straight season as one of the best 1-2 weekend starting combinations in the country. The pitching staff will also feature senior right-handed closer Hunter Newman, who led the Tigers with eight saves last season.

    Other veteran pitchers include senior right-handers Russell Reynolds, Collin Strall and Alden Cartwright; junior right-handers Doug Norman and Austin Bain; and sophomore right-handers Caleb Gilbert and Cole McKay.

    The returning players are complemented by a talented 13-man class of newcomers that includes seven pitchers and six position players. The incoming class was rated as high as No. 4 in the nation in the annual recruiting rankings.

    Collegiate Baseball Pre-Season NCAA Div. I Poll
    (As of Dec. 20, 2016)


    Rank

    Team (2016 Record)

    Points

    1.

    Texas Christian (49-18)

    496

    2.

    LSU (45-21)

    494

    3.

    Florida (52-16)

    491

    4.

    South Carolina (46-18)

    489

    5.

    Oregon St. (35-19)

    485

    6.

    Vanderbilt (43-19)

    482

    7.

    Arizona (49-24)

    480

    8.

    Miami, Fla. (50-14)

    478

    9.

    Florida St. (41-22)

    475

    10.

    Cal. St. Fullerton (36-23)

    472

    11.

    Louisville (50-14)

    470

    12.

    Clemson (44-20)

    469

    13.

    East Carolina (38-23-1)

    465

    14.

    Louisiana-Lafayette (43-21)

    463

    15.

    North Carolina (34-21)

    460

    16.

    Virginia (38-22)

    458

    17.

    Long Beach St. (38-22)

    456

    18.

    U.C. Santa Barbara (43-20-1)

    454

    19.

    Coastal Carolina (55-18)

    450

    20.

    Texas A&M (49-16)

    448

    21.

    Washington (33-23)

    445

    22.

    Mississippi (43-19)

    443

    23.

    Sam Houston St. (42-22)

    440

    24.

    Stanford (31-23)

    438

    25.

    Arizona St. (36-23)

    435
     
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    Dunn Promoted, Fury Joins Baseball Staff
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    Published: January 04, 2017, 02:05 PM (CT)
    by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

    BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Wednesday that pitching coach Alan Dunn has been promoted to associate head coach and former Tiger pitcher Nate Fury has been named coordinator of baseball operations.

    Dunn, entering his sixth season at LSU, is regarded as one of the nation’s elite pitching coaches, and he was named National Pitching Coach of the Year in 2015. During Dunn’s five-season LSU tenure (2012-16), the Tigers have earned five NCAA Tournament National Seeds, two College World Series appearances, four NCAA Regional titles, two SEC championships, three SEC Western Division titles and two SEC Tournament crowns.

    Dunn has coached four Major League Baseball pitchers at LSU, including starting pitchers Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies, both of whom were first-round draft choices. Two other Dunn products at LSU – Nick Rumbelow and Nick Goody – have pitched as relievers for the New York Yankees.

    Dunn has produced a total of 14 LSU pitchers that were selected in the Major League Baseball draft, including seven in the first 10 rounds.

    “I am proud to announce a new title for the man who I consider to be the very best pitching coach in all of baseball and a guy I wouldn’t trade for anyone,” Mainieri said. “Besides being the pitching coach, Alan Dunn will now be referred to as the Associate Head Coach for the LSU Baseball program. This is a title that best describes his value to our team as my right-hand man. As pitching coach of the team, he basically coaches half of the team on a daily basis and his influence on their performance cannot be overstated.

    “During his first five years as the pitching coach at LSU, our pitching staff has performed at the very highest level in the SEC, and he has continually tutored pitchers that have developed into high draft picks and future big leaguers. We have been a National Seed every year he has been here, and we have won more games than any team in the nation over the time he has worked with our pitchers. I don’t think that is a coincidence and, despite him being very humble and not looking for individual credit, I think this title is very symbolic of his value to LSU.”

    Fury, who pitched at LSU in 2013 and 2014, takes over the position that was held last season by Micah Gibbs, who was appointed the Tigers’ volunteer assistant coach last month. Fury, a native of Harahan, La., made 46 career relief appearances for the Tigers, posting a 5-2 record and a 2.45 ERA in 47.2 innings with 38 strikeouts. He made 20 relief appearances in 2013, helping LSU to a College World Series appearance, and he made 26 appearances in 2014, recording a 3-1 mark with a 2.15 ERA.

    Fury, who has an LSU degree in sports administration, was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2014 MLB Draft, and he pitched in the minor leagues for three seasons. He was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his LSU career.

    “It will be great to have Nate back with the LSU baseball program,” Mainieri said. “He once contributed in a big way as a vital relief pitcher on a College World Series team. He then pursued his dream of playing professional baseball and now will make significant contributions to our program once again, albeit in a different way. I know Nate loves the LSU baseball program and would do anything to serve it. He will handle a multitude of tasks and will represent the program in a first-class way.”

    Wednesday’s announcements complete LSU’s 2017 coaching staff, which also includes assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Nolan Cain and undergraduate assistant coach Sean Ochinko.

    “What a thrill it is for me personally to have four former players serving on the staff at LSU,” Mainieri said. “Nolan Cain, Micah Gibbs, and Sean Ochinko all played vital roles on our 2009 National Championship team, and Nate Fury played a significant role on our team that went to the CWS in 2013. Many successful coaches in other sports, like Coach K at Duke, have constantly utilized former players on their staffs. The obvious value in this is that these former players know how we operate the program, know what it takes to win, love the program and are very loyal to it, and bring so much youthful enthusiasm to our environment with the players.

    “They are all knowledgeable baseball minds that played professional baseball and are tremendous coaches. Along with Alan Dunn, the chemistry on our staff is exactly what you hope for as a head coach.”

    LSU, ranked No. 2 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, begins practice on January 27, and the Tigers open the 2017 season at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 17, when they play host to Air Force in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field
     
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    This is going to be a minor set back.

    DH Bryce Jordan out for the year with knee injury.

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    Baseball's Bryce Jordan Out for 2017
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    Published: February 08, 2017, 02:35 PM (CT)
    Updated: February 08, 2017, 08:10 PM (CT)
    by Brandon Berrio, Assistant Communications Director

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    Baseball Media Session - 2/8


    BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri announced Wednesday that junior Bryce Jordan suffered a severe knee injury during practice on Tuesday, and he has been ruled out for the 2017 season.

    Jordan, a native of Lake Charles, La., was a first-team All-SEC selection at the DH/Utility position last season. The passionate Jordan was an on-base machine and led the Southeastern Conference in hit-by-pitches in 2016 with 23, the most by an LSU player since at least 1984.

    "There is no one on our team than I have more respect for than Bryce Jordan," Mainieri said. "He is completely dedicated to our team, and he is an outstanding young man. Our team loves and supports Bryce, and our thoughts and prayers are with him as he begins the process of recovering from this injury."

    Jordan played in 58 games last season with 54 starts between DH and first base. He batted .293 with seven doubles, five homers, 33 RBI and 40 runs. During a stretch of games against Notre Dame and Tennessee, Jordan provided the game-winning RBI at Notre Dame and finished the series at Tennessee 5-for-11 with one homer, two RBI and two runs.
     
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    If a ball hits a metal bat on the LSU board.....does it make a sound?
     
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    Not to my knowledge
     
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    i did enjoy the preseason post though.... :thumb:
     
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    Can we start a 2017 thread for this please?
     
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