LSU right-hander Zack Hess
Bridgette Hogan

Baseball Opens Fall Practice with Four-Inning Scrimmage

Alissa Cavaretta
Alissa Cavaretta
Communications Student Assistant

BATON ROUGE—The 2018 LSU Baseball team took the field for the first time Sunday afternoon with practice and a four-inning scrimmage as the Tigers began their six-week fall practice period in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

The fall practice session will continue through November 10. All workouts in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field are free and open to the public.

For the last month, the Tigers have engaged in strength and conditioning drills and individual workouts on the field. The 2018 season begins on February 16 when LSU plays host to Notre Dame at The Box.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri, who has directed the Tigers to six consecutive NCAA Tournament National Seeds, said that practice was a success for the first day but that the Tigers have a long way to go before opening the 2018 season.

“Like every early scrimmage in the fall, I thought there were several good points,” head coach Paul Mainieri said. “There were several good things out there today, but we have a long way to go as well.”

Right-handers Zack Hess and Todd Peterson fired the first two innings of the scrimmage for the Gold and Purple teams, respectively. Freshman right-hander Devin Fontenot entered to pitch for the Gold team in the third inning and fired 2.0 shutout innings with two strikeouts. 

“I thought Devin Fontenot threw in the game like he has been throwing in his side sessions, nothing but strikes. He hit 92 with sink. He touched 93, had a good changeup, a good breaking ball and mowed them down. He’s going to help us a lot, that kid. At times Zack (Hess) looked really good. At times Todd Peterson looked really good, but they put up some good at-bats against those guys as well,” Mainieri added.

 To highlight the offense, junior newcomer Hunter Feduccia had a triple and a double for the Gold team. Back on the field for the first time since the 2016 season, Bryce Jordan played first base for the Tigers and knocked a double to left-center. Freshman infielder Hal Hughes ripped a two-run double for the Purple team, and catcher Braden Doughty also had a double.

“Our infield defense was a little shaky all day today, even before the game, but it’s going to tighten up,” Mainieri explained. “I think it’s going to end up being the strength of our team. It will get better, and so will our defense behind the plate. It was nice to see Hunter Feduccia get a couple of knocks like he did all summer and last year at LSU-Eunice. I think he, (Mason) Doolittle and Braden Doughty have been real bright sports this fall. I think Hal Hughes has been a real bright spot as well. He had a two run double off of Hess, and he’s been making all of the plays in the field.”

The Tigers return to practice Monday at 3:30 p.m. with a four-inning scrimmage beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Practice Schedule

Monday- Practice at 3:30 p.m., Scrimmage at 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday- Practice at 3 p.m., Scrimmage at 4:15 p.m. 

Wednesday- Off Day