News and Notes on the Diamond

LSU outscored Centenary 34-12 in the opening weekend series of the season. Here are a few notes from the three-game sweep of the Gents.

Overall Record:  3-0  


Last Week:  3-0

Feb. 19 – CENTENARY (W, 5-4)

Feb. 20 – CENTENARY (W, 25-8)

Feb. 21 – CENTENARY (W, 4-0)



Notes on the Tigers

LSU coach Paul Mainieri earned the 1,000th win in his collegiate career when the Tigers defeated Centenary 25-8 on Saturday. Mainieri is in his 28th season as a college coach with six seasons at St. Thomas University in Miami (1993-88), six seasons at Air Force (1989-94), 12 seasons at Notre Dame (1995-2006) and four seasons at LSU (2007-present).


Mainieri’s overall record after the Tigers’ three-game sweep of Centenary over the weekend now stands at 1,001-554-7 (.643).


LSU’s season opener on Friday versus Centenary was played before a school-record crowd of 9,914 in Alex Box Stadium; the paid attendance figure for the game of 11,588 was also a school record.


LSU first baseman Blake Dean tied his single-game career-high with six RBI in the Tigers’ win on Saturday. The senior from Crestview, Fla. was 4-for-6 in the contest and he scored two runs.


Dean batted .417 (5-for-12) in the three-game series with one homer and a team-best eight RBI.


Junior right-hander Austin Ross earned the victory on Saturday, firing five shutout innings. Ross allowed just three hits with no walks and five strikeouts.


Junior All-American right-hander Anthony Ranaudo also enjoyed an impressive 2010 debut, working five innings on Friday. Ranaudo allowed just one unearned run on one hit with two walks and six strikeouts.


LSU’s starting rotation of Ranaudo, Ross and Bourgeois did not allow an earned run in the series in 16 innings of work.


The 25-8 win over Centenary on Saturday marked the most runs scored by an LSU team since 1999, when the Tigers defeated Ohio 26-5.



Nominee for Pitcher of the Week

Joey Bourgeois, RHP, So., Paulina, La.

Sophomore right-hander Joey Bourgeois delivered a magnificent performance in his LSU debut, firing six shutout innings in the Tigers’ 4-0 win over Centenary on Sunday. Bourgeois, a transfer from LSU-Eunice, allowed just four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts in a 78-pitch outing. Bourgeois combined with relievers Jordan Rittiner and Paul Bertuccini on a six-hit shutout of the Gents.


Nominee for Player of the Week

Matt Gaudet, DH, Sr., Metairie, La.

Senior designated hitter Matt Gaudet batted .600 (6-for-10) in LSU’s three-game sweep of Centenary last weekend with one double, two homers, six RBI and three runs. Gaudet launched two homers in the Tigers’ 25-8 win on Saturday, marking the first multi-HR game of his LSU career. He delivered a clutch seventh-inning RBI single on Sunday, expanding LSU’s lead to 2-0 in the eventual 4-0 win.

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