The junior outfielder sat out a game last weekend after injuring his hamstring against Mississippi State. Questions remained all week whether he’d be healthy enough to play, but he answered that in a big way Friday.
Stevenson made a pair of diving catches to save runs against Missouri, looking like his usual self, patrolling center field for LSU.
The first came with runners on the corners and one out in the third inning. The game was still scoreless at the time, until Missouri CF Jake Ring sent a popper to left-center. The ball kept tailing away from Stevenson, but he laid out to reel it in.
A run did score on the sacrifice, but Stevenson saved another with this diving catch.
Missouri scores on this SAC fly, but Andrew Stevenson back to his usual self after that hamstring injury pic.twitter.com/BYKsrDdHix— Hunter Paniagua (@HunterPaniagua) May 9, 2015
Stevenson did it again in the very next inning. Missouri had a runner on second and out. 1B Zach Lavy sent a liner to center. Stevenson had to once again go full extension, and he picked it off just before the ball landed.
Stevenson’s coaches and teammates couldn’t speak highly enough of his defensive ability.
“What can you say that hasn’t been said already,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “He’s probably the best center fielder in the United States of America. When he’s out, it makes our team a little bit different…How do you replace a guy that good?”
“He’s unbelievable,” said LSU shortstop Alex Bregman. “He’s the best center fielder in all of college baseball, hands down. There’s no question about it. I’d take him over anyone.”