Baseball Returns from Summer Leagues
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU baseball players that participated in summer collegiate leagues are returning to Baton Rouge, ready to begin fall semester classes on Monday, August 24.
Several veteran Tigers excelled in summer league competition, sharpening their skills for the 2016 season as LSU seeks to earn its fifth straight NCAA Tournament National Seed and advance to the College World Series for the third time in four years.
“I followed our veteran players on a daily basis this summer, and I’m very proud of the way they performed on the field and the manner in which they conducted themselves,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who worked this summer as an assistant coach for the USA Collegiate National Team. “I’ve talked to several of the summer league coaches, and they have been extremely complimentary of the way our guys played and handled themselves.
“I tell our players that everywhere they go, they carry the LSU Baseball flag. How they play, hustle, follow team rules, and act on the field, as well as how they treat people and act away from the field, is all a reflection of our LSU program. They brought tremendous credit to our program this summer, and I feel great about that.”
LSU begins its six-week fall practice session on Sunday, September 27. The Tigers open the 2016 season on February 19 when they play host to Cincinnati in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.
Junior outfielder Jake Fraley was the leading hitter this summer for the Chatham Anglers in the wooden-bat Cape Cod League, batting .302 in 21 games with one homer, five RBI, 13 runs and three steals.
Sophomore right-hander Jake Godfrey pitched for Chatham, posting a 2.41 ERA in 18.2 innings as he recorded 18 strikeouts in six appearances (four starts).
Junior right-hander Hunter Newman excelled as a reliever for the Harwich Mariners, allowing just four runs on six hits in 17 innings with 11 strikeouts and a 2.11 ERA.
Junior infielder Kramer Robertson batted .310 for the Wareham Gatemen with a triple, five RBI and 10 runs scored. Sophomore right-hander Doug Norman pitched 17.2 innings for the Bourne Braves, recording 15 strikeouts in seven appearances (three starts).
Junior right-hander Collin Strall posted 12 strikeouts in 21 innings as a reliever for the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League, helping lead the team to the league’s championship round. Sophomore catcher Michael Papierski produced three doubles, seven RBI and eight runs in 23 games with the Eau Claire Express.
Sophomore infielder Greg Deichmann collected 10 doubles, one triple, five homers and 32 RBI for the Lakeshore Chinooks, and sophomore infielder/catcher Bryce Jordan batted .308 for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters with three doubles, two homers, seven RBI and 17 runs. Bryce’s twin brother – sophomore outfielder Beau Jordan – collected four doubles, one triple, one homer, nine RBI and 13 runs for Wisconsin Rapids.
Sophomore right-hander Jesse Stallings pitched 11.1 relief innings for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots in the Alaska League, posting eight strikeouts, one win and one save.
Sophomore right-hander Troy Whitty worked 22 relief innings for the Acadiana Cane Cutters in the Texas Collegiate League, recording 24 strikeouts while posting a 2.86 ERA.
Three LSU newcomers – infielder Cole Freeman, outfielder Cody Ducote and catcher Jordan Romero – helped lead the New Orleans Boosters to the prestigious All-American Amateur Baseball Association national championship in Johnstown, Pa. Freeman was the lead-off hitter for the Boosters, Ducote batted third in the lineup and Romero was the clean-up hitter as the team culminated the tournament with a 13-2 win over Boston in the title game.