2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
LSU's primary starter in right field in 2013 as a true freshman … should again hold down the starting RF position in 2014 … brings a left-handed hitting presence to the lineup that can handle the bat and absolutely fly around the bases … possesses a tool that cannot be taught, game-changing speed … a member of the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as a kinesiology major.
Played in 63 games (59 starts – 33 in right field; 26 in center field) … batted .307 (74-for-241) with seven doubles, one triple, 18 RBI, 48 runs and six stolen bases … 5-for-9 (.556) in the College World Series with one double … hit a team-best .400 (14-for-35) in all of LSU's postseason games with one double, two RBI and three runs … batted .478 (11-for-23) in five NCAA Tournament games with one double, one RBI and three runs … 5-for-9 (.556) in NCAA Super Regional vs. Oklahoma with one RBI and two runs … 2-for-5 with one double, one RBI and two runs scored in win over McNeese State (April 30) … batted .500 (6-for-12) against Auburn (March 22-24), recording one double and one RBI while scoring seven runs in three games … 4-for-5 vs. Washington (March 10) with one RBI and one run scored; also 4-for-5 vs. BYU (Feb. 21) with one double and two runs scored.
PRIOR TO LSU
The 2012 and 2010 Louisiana Class 1A Most Valuable Player … also named Northeast Louisiana Pitcher of the Year in 2012, and was voted to the All-State Academic Composite Team … recorded a career batting average at Ouachita Christian of .454 with 168 hits, 52 stolen bases and a 1.00 pitching ERA … batted .474 as a senior in 2012 and posted a 0.72 ERA on the mound … hit .492 with 18 steals as a sophomore and .462 with 17 steals as a freshman … was also the 2011 and 2010 MVP of the Louisiana state football title game as a wide receiver and defensive back … earned All-America and All-State accolades as a football player … received the Buddy Blair Award for Academic Excellence as a dual-sports performer … a member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Mark Joseph Laird … parents are Jack and Beth Laird … dad is a graduate of LSU Law School … has three older brothers, John, Matt and James … brother Matt played baseball at UL-Monroe … chose to attend LSU because “I've always wanted to go to LSU to further my education. I also dreamed of playing college sports at one of the best schools like LSU” … majoring in kinesiology at LSU … born March 29, 1993 in Monroe, La.
Laird's LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 6 at Alabama (4/20/13)
Hits: 4 twice; most recently vs. Washington (3/10/13)
Runs Scored: 4 vs. Southeastern Louisiana (2/22/13)
Doubles: 1 seven times; most recently vs. UCLA (6/16/13)
Triples: 1 vs. Ole Miss (5/17/13)
Home Runs: none
RBI: 2 three times; most recently vs. New Orleans (5/14/13)