Jared Foster academically ineligible for year

LSU second baseman Jared Foster has been declared academically ineligible and will miss the rest of the season.

LSU second baseman Jared Foster will miss the rest of the season after being declared academically ineligible, the team announced Friday.

"Jared was playing well on the field. He was a good citizen in the community, but unfortunately he didn't get the grades that are required for him to be eligible," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri.

The academic semester concludes this week, and Foster apparently did not the make the grades to stay eligible. Mainieri said after the game Foster wouldn't have been made officially ineligible until early next week, but Mainieri opted to drop him from the roster a few days early.

Foster was enjoying his most productive season at the plate, but his batting average started to fall through the month April. Hitting as high as .348 in late March, Foster had seen his average drop to .275 entering this weekend's series. He was still slugging .506, good for fourth on the team among everyday starters.

Foster had spent the first three years of his LSU career in the outfield, before replacing Kramer Robertson at second base on March 11.

Mainieri said he learned at approximately 4 p.m. Friday that Foster wouldn't be eligible, and that's when he informed the team.

Danny Zardon learned during pregame stretches that he would be making only his second career start at second base. Zardon took advantage of the opportunity and hit a solo home run in his first at-bat. He didn't get any defensive opportunities though.

Zardon is expected to be LSU's starting second baseman the rest of the weekend.

"This is just my opportunity to do whatever I can to help my team win," Zardon said.

For Foster, this brings a premature end to his collegiate career. Foster will still likely be taken in next month's MLB Draft. As a senior, Foster will likely go in the first 10 rounds of the draft.

But he won't be playing anymore baseball for LSU.

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