Stevenson, Foster producing for LSU

LSU BASEBALL NOTEBOOK: Andrew Stevenson's doing it all offensively for LSU; Jared Foster's made his case for a more significant role; Beau Jordan goes down with a knee injury

Center fielder Andrew Stevenson did a little bit of everything for LSU this weekend.

He went 5-for-9 at the plate, with three triples — including two Saturday. He scored six runs in the three games, stole a pair of bases in the second game and also had a highlight-reel catch against the CF wall in the third.

Stevenson said he made some tweaks to his swing in the week leading up to this weekend’s series.

“I’m just trying to settle my hands down, be quieter at the plate,” he said. “I’m able to see the ball better, and that’s paying off.”

Stevenson hit two triples Saturday, both into the right field corner. That’s the firs time an LSU player has done that since Leon Landry in 2010.

“All the sudden, the ball’s jumping off his bat again. Before, the ball was just coming off soft, now he’s attacking the ball, the ball’s jumping.”

Stevenson did have to come out early of the series finale. Mainieri said he tweaked his hamstring running the bases. Stevenson said it was “nothing big” and expects to play Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana, but Mainieri said they’ll monitor his injury over the next few days.

“We’re not going to push it,” Mainieri said. “We’ve got to make sure it heals well, so we have him for the year.”

FOSTER MAKING HIS CASE


Jared Foster got an opportunity this weekend to hit leadoff, and he took advantage.

Foster started the second and third games of this weekend’s series, going 4-for-7 at the plate with four runs. He had three extra-base hits — two doubles and a triple — and drove in a pair of runs as well.

Foster’s been resurgent at the plate, with his success starting before the season. He hit three home runs in preseason scrimmages, and now that’s carrying over into the real games.

“He might be the best athlete on our team, and that’s saying a lot,” Mainieri said. “He’s a true athlete. He’s starting to swing the bat with some aggressiveness and confidence. He’s got the talent, he just needs to do the hitting consistently.”

Now Mainieri’s left with decisions to make with his batting order. Though Foster’s made a case for a bigger role in these last two games, Mainieri’s not ready to give up on Jake Fraley as the left fielder.

Fraley started the first game of the series and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run. He entered Saturday’s game late and got another hit and another run.

“I’m not giving up on Jake Fraley by any stretch of the imagination,” Mainieri said. “We’ve got some good options. We’ve got a lot of guys capable of being starting players. I’m not going to lock myself in and say [Foster’s] going to be our leadoff hitter, but obviously he’s stepping up and earning some significant playing time.”

JORDAN INJURES KNEE


Freshman outfielder Beaui Jordan went down with an injury late in Saturday’s game. He tried to avoid a collision with Chris Sciambra on a pop fly to right-center field.

Mainieri said Jordan’s knee buckled on him while he dove out of Sciambra’s way. Mainieri said they don’t yet know the extent of Jordan’s injury, but they’re optimistic it won’t sideline him for an extended period of time.


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