LSU Baseball BIO
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Nicholas Pontiff
Player Profile:
Nicholas Pontiff 30518
Position: Outfield
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 176 lbs.
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Metairie, La.
High School: Jesuit HS
Born: 12/18/1985

2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2007 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2006 SEC Academic Honor Roll

Talented player who made significant contributions during his career, appearing in 137 games as an infielder and outfielder . . . redshirted as a true freshman in 2005 . . . a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a management major ... received his LSU degree in May 2009.
 
SENIOR SEASON (2009)
Appeared in 33 games (eight starts) as an outfielder, batting .279 (12-for-43) with one double, two homers, six RBI and nine runs ... singled and scored a run in LSU’s College World Series win over Arkansas on June 19 ... launched one of three grand slams by LSU in a 22-10 win over Illinois on March 7 ... the Tigers' three grand slams tied an NCAA single-game record achieved on eight previous occasions, most by recently by Southeast Missouri State versus Freed-Hardeman on March 28, 2007 ... also unloaded a solo homer versus Illinois on March 6.

JUNIOR SEASON (2008)
Played in 35 games (13 starts), batting .239 (17-for-71) with four doubles, one homer and eight RBI ... started 11 games in right field, 1 in left field and one at DH ... launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning versus South Carolina (April 26), tying the score at 9-9 in a game LSU eventually won in 11 innings (11-10) ... delivered an RBI groundout during a five-run LSU rally in the ninth inning vs. UC Irvine in Game 2 of the NCAA Super Regional; Pontiff’s RBI reduced UCI s lead to 7-6; the Tigers scored three more runs in the inning en route to a 9-7 victory ... singled and scored a run in LSU’s College World Series win over Rice (June 17) ... 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI versus Nicholls State (April 15).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Played in 30 games (21 starts), batting .313 (26-for-83) with four doubles, one homer, 14 RBI and 12 runs ... LSU’s leading hitter in SEC games, batting .333 (22-for-66) in 18 games with two doubles, one homer, 13 RBI and nine runs ... hit .353 (12-for-34) in LSU’s last 10 games with two doubles, four RBI and six runs ... batted .346 (9-for-26) with runners in scoring position ... first entered the starting lineup on April 11 vs. Miss. Valley State and was a fixture for the rest of the at either 2B or DH  ... drove in five runs in the Mississippi State series (April 20-22) as he delivered key hits in the Tigers' victories in Games 2 and 3 . . . in the 6-5 win in Game 2, Pontiff launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5-5; in the 3-1 victory in Game 3, Pontiff delivered the game-winning hit -- a two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie.

REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Appeared in 39 games (14 starts), batting .189 (10-for-53) with two doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and nine runs scored . . . hit safely in six of his first seven games and committed only two errors in 73 chances . . . 3-for-4, two RBI and first career homer vs. Stetson (March 11) . . . collected two RBI in three consecutive games vs. Temple (Feb. 26) and vs. Stetson (March 11 and March 12).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2005)
Redshirted as a true freshman in 2005.

HIGH SCHOOL
Earned two baseball letters at Jesuit High, where he helped lead his team to a state runners-up finish in 2003 . . . played as the Blue Jays' starter at second base.
 
PERSONAL
Full name is Nicholas E. Pontiff . . . parents are Wally, Sr. and Terry Pontiff . . . older sister, Haley . . . older brother, the late Wally Pontiff Jr., was a three-year letterman (2000-02) at third base for LSU, earning all-SEC honors in 2001 and 2002 . . . Wally Jr. passed away in July of 2002 due to heart abnormalities . . . born December 18, 1985.
 
Pontiff’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats:  5 twice; last at Florida (3/30/08)
Hits:  3 four times; last vs. Florida (5/11/07)
Runs Scored: 3 vs. Harvard (3/25/09)
Doubles: 1 several times; last at Alabama (4/11/09)
Triples:  none
Home Runs: 1 five times; last vs. Illinois (3/7/09)
RBI: 4 vs. Illinois (3/7/09)
Stolen Bases: 1 vs. Nicholls State (4/15/08)

 

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