Photos: Bad weather batters SOLA (Jan. 25, 2014) _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Icicles hang off an awning as icy weather keeps its grip on south Louisiana.

A rare wave of icy weather forced coach Paul Mainieri to postpone LSU’s first practice Friday.

That’s the least of his problems.

Four pitchers will miss the first few practices with injuries or illness, the coach said Wednesday.

The list includes Hunter Newman, a sophomore who is expected to compete for a weekend starting job, and three freshmen: Troy Whitty, Parker Bugg and Chris Pelaez.