2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
Started 63 games at shortstop in 2018 as a true freshman, stepping into the starting role after an early-season back injury suffered by Josh Smith ... Hughes is the son of an outstanding college coach who has been around the game his whole life ... a terrific defensive player that can play anywhere on the infield ... very solid fundamentally at the plate and will gain more strength to become a productive and consistent hitter ... son of Pete Hughes, who is the head baseball coach at Kansas State and has served as head coach at Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma ... batted .281 with two doubles and 15 RBI for the Rockford (Ill.) Rivets of the Northwoods League in the summer of 2018 .. a member of the 2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a sport administration major.
Played in 65 games, starting 63 games at shortstop ... batted .221 (42-for-190) with eight doubles, one triple, one homer, 20 RBI, 25 runs and two stolen bases ... 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in LSU's NCAA Regional win over Northwestern State (June 3) ... collected a career-high three hits with one RBI and one run scored on May 6 versus Arkansas ... recorded a double and two RBI on March 11 versus Hawaii ... blasted first career homer versus Grambling (Feb. 27), a solo shot ... posted two hits and two RBI in back-to-back games versus New Orleans (Feb. 21) and Texas (Feb. 23)
Prior to LSU
Selected as first-team all-state Oklahoma by USA Today ... named the starting shortstop in the 2017 Oklahoma All-State Game ... voted 2017 Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma ... batted .360 last season with one homer, 17 RBI and 25 steals ... posted a .995 fielding percentage, committing just one error on the year ... four-year letterman at Norman North HS, where he became the winningest player in school history ... helped lead Norman North HS to district titles in 2014 and 2017, and regional championships in 2016 and 2017 ... a member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Hal Kent Hughes ... parents are Pete and Debby Hughes ... Pete Hughes is the head baseball coach at Kansas State, and he formerly worked as head coach at Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma ... Pete played college baseball and football and Davidson, and Debby played tennis at Davidson ... Hal has four siblings, one older and three younger ... on attending LSU – “I chose to come to LSU to play for the best program in coaches in college baseball.” ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born September 3, 1998, in Boston, Mass.
Hughes' LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 5 vs. Northwestern State (6/3/18)
Hits: 3 vs. Arkansas (5/6/18); vs. Southern (3/6/18)
Runs Scored: 2 three times; most recently vs. Northwestern State (5/15/18)
Doubles: 2 vs. Northwestern State (6/3/18)
Triples: 1 vs. Hawaii (3/10/18)
Home Runs: 1 vs. Grambling (2/27/18)
RBI: 2 four times; most recently vs. Northwestern State (6/3/18)