LSU’s continued offensive onslaught was aided by a Big Unit-esque student manager.
After Tuesday’s 6-3 win against Louisiana Tech — a game in which the Tigers faced perhaps their tough opposing pitcher this season and tagged him for five earned runs — hitters credited undergraduate assistant coach Brent Bonvillain and student manager Joe McCarthy for mimicking Bulldogs left-hander Tyler Clancy in batting practice Monday.
Bonvillain is a former Tiger lefty whose pitching success is well-documented — he had a 2.70 ERA in 50 innings his senior year — but McCarthy, an LSU senior, also befuddled the batters.
“He’s like Randy Johnson when he throws BP,” said Beau Jordan, who had an RBI double off Clancy during Tuesday’s game. “He gets us ready more than anybody. I think he used to pitch at (Archbishop) Rummel. He chunks. He cuts some of his pitches and gets on top of it like a pitcher. It’s harder facing him than some of the lefties we face.”
Clancy came into Tuesday’s start with a 1.00 ERA in three starts. He had yet to allow more than five hits. LSU had five hits by the third inning, including four RBI doubles.
The Tigers finished with 10 hits on the night — their seventh straight game of 10 or more hits, pushing their team batting average to .310. LSU has only had less than 10 hits three times this season. Two of those games were the Tigers’ first two of the season, and the third was a nine-hit output against Nicholls State.
“The confidence of our lineup is unbelievable,” said Greg Deichmann, who finished with a double and a triple. “We had some clutch hits, some two-out doubles, just like we did against Fordham. We have a really good approach going right now. I think we’re kind of hitting a hot streak. It’s fun to watch this offense.”
Bryce Jordan progressing
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Bryce Jordan seemed to be making progress Tuesday after a collision with a photographer last Saturday left him on crutches and his ankle in a boot.
“He told me he would have been able to play tonight if he’d have taped it up,” Mainieri said after Tuesday’s game. “I don’t know if that’s true or not. That kid would have to have a bone sticking out of his skin to keep him out of the lineup.”
Mainieri said he hoped the first baseman would be ready to go for Friday’s series opener against Ball State.
Deichmann started in Jordan’s place at first base Tuesday.