In Focus: Eyes on Omaha
Alex Edward Envisions a CWS Berth
This year’s group of Tigers is a unique blend of talented newcomers and seasoned veterans. One of the more experienced members of the LSU clubhouse is senior outfielder Alex Edward.
Edward is a Baton Rouge native and is now in his fourth season at LSU. Since an early age, he has always had a passion for LSU Baseball.
“I came to a lot of games as a kid,” Edward said. “I still remember chasing foul balls in the old Alex Box Stadium. LSU Baseball has definitely been a big part of my family and my life.”
For Edward, one recollection of the Old Box stands out above the rest – the Tigers’ NCAA Super Regional series versus UC Irvine in 2008. LSU erased a 7-2 deficit in Game 2 to stave off elimination and then overwhelmed the Anteaters in Game 3 to advance to the College World Series.
“One of my biggest memories at the Old Box came in high school watching the UC Irvine series. That comeback and that win was probably my favorite moment as a non-player.”
Edward was a standout on the baseball diamond at Parkview Baptist High School. Throughout the college recruitment process, Edward never considered playing baseball anywhere else other than LSU.
“On my first visit we were leaving the (LSU Baseball) office,” Edward said. “I looked at my dad and said, ‘this is the only place I want to go.’”
Since making his debut in 2010, Edward and the LSU Baseball team have seen a lot of success. Edward has come in in the clutch in many SEC and postseason games, including an RBI double in the ninth inning in last year’s Baton Rouge Regional against Oregon State.
Having won 27 of their first 29 games this season, Edward and the Tigers appear to be on the same path in 2013.
“In the offseason we worked extremely hard,” Edward said. “No one took a day off and I think that has shown so far this season. We also have a lot of depth on our roster. I think that has been a big key to our success.”
Throughout his career at LSU, Edward has showcased his versatility around the diamond. He has experience at first and third base, along with left and right field.
“In high school I became familiar with moving around to different positions,” Edward said.” Being versatile is definitely a good thing for me. It gives me opportunities to play in different spots.”
LSU coach Paul Mainieri appreciates Edward’s value to the Fighting Tiger squad.
“Alex Edward has been a tremendous asset to our program for the past four years,” Mainieri said. “He’s been a significant contributor and a starter in our lineup since his freshman year, and he’s delivered several clutch hits during his career. Alex is a young man that all of our players greatly respect, and he’ll continue to enjoy great success when he’s finished at LSU.”
When Edward is not practicing on the baseball field, he may be found on a different type of playing surface.
“(LSU first baseman) Mason Katz and I have this in common,” Edward said. “We like to play a lot of golf when we are not playing baseball.”
Edward is a sports administration major and hopes to stay involved with baseball after his playing career comes to an end.
“I hope to get involved in coaching,” Edward said. “I love working with kids. I hope to be able to help kids learn and develop as baseball players.”
However, before Edward’s time at LSU comes to a close, he will still have one desire on his mind – a trip to Omaha.
“That would definitely be a dream come true,” Edward said. “That is a strong focus of the seniors this year. It would be a great way to close out a great four years here.”