Baseball opens Fall with 9-inning scrimmage

The LSU baseball squad began its fall practice period Sunday with a four-hour workout in Alex Box Stadium. The session featured a nine-inning intrasquad scrimmage as the Tigers worked for the first time under new coach Paul Mainieri.

"We have an awful long way to go, and it's going to be an interesting month," Mainieri said after Sunday's workout. "I wasn't entirely satisfied with what I saw today, but we are a work in progress. I would expect by the middle of next week we'll be playing smarter baseball."


Mainieri said several pitchers performed well during Sunday's scrimmage, including newcomers Charlie Furbush and Jared Bradford. Furbush, a junior left-hander, transferred to LSU from Saint Joseph's (Maine) College while Bradford, a right-hander, is a transfer from Shelton State (Ala.) Community College.


"I thought Furbush really established a presence on the mound," Mainieri said, "and Bradford was outstanding during his outing. I was pleased with several guys -- at least a half-dozen pitchers showed a lot of promise."


Mainieri also cited the play of infielders Michael Hollander and Buzzy Haydel, and catcher J.T. Wise, a Freshman All-SEC selection last season as a second baseman.


"Michael Hollander was all over the field at shortstop," Mainieri said, "and I thought Buzzy Haydel made great strides today. Buzzy is a guy I've challenged to get better, and he's responded in a positive way.


"J.T. Wise was very active behind the plate, and he handled our pitchers well."


The fall practice period continues through November 1. LSU's next scrimmage is set for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Alex Box Stadium. All fall practices and scrimmages are open to the public.


LSU opens the 2007 season on Friday, Feb. 9 versus Saint Mary's (Calif.) in Alex Box Stadium.

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