C Kade Scivicque (.347, 6 HRs, 45 RBIs)
The Maurepas native, who has since been dubbed “The Maurepas Masher,” has become one of the best catchers in the country, hitting .347 this season with six home runs and 45 RBIs. Also, he’s been amazing behind the plate, catching 18-of-34 would-be base stealers while helping to lead a young Tigers pitching staff.
1B Chris Chinea (.355, 11 HRs, 58 RBIs)
Chinea always had one major criticism prior to 2015: The power was there, but he struggled to hit for contact. All of that changed this season. Heading into Omaha, Chinea leads the team in home runs (11) and RBIs (58), and he is only one point away from the batting average leader, Andrew Stevenson.
2B Jared Foster (.284, 9 HRs, 34 RBIs)
This year, Foster began the campaign fighting for a starting spot in left field with sophomore Jake Fraley. And then Mainieri had an idea. When Ole Miss arrived in Alex Box Stadium on March 13, Foster would be LSU’s second baseman. And though he stumbled early defensively, he continued to thrive at the plate, finishing with nine home runs and 34 RBIs.
3B Conner Hale (.343, 4 HRs, 56 RBIs)
Hale, who began as the squad’s first baseman in February, has added a consistent defensive presence at third base while also being a force with the bat. Hale thrived in the cleanup spot for most of the season, hitting .343 with the second-most RBIs on the team (56) behind Chinea. His six errors this season weren’t too shabby, either.
SS Alex Bregman (.312, 9 HRs, 49 RBIs)
There is a reason junior shortstop Alex Bregman was taken No. 2 overall in the MLB draft by the Houston Astros. Actually, there are plenty of reasons. Bregman was as consistent as ever with the glove and the bat this season, batting .312 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs while making only nine errors at shortstop. Also, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, native led the team in stolen bases (37), was second on the squad in on-base percentage (.406) and second on the team in slugging percentage (.534).
LF Jake Fraley (.308, 2 HRs, 34 RBIs)
After a stellar freshman campaign last season, Fraley came into 2015 looking to secure his spot as a starter. Once Foster found a new home at second base, though, left field was Fraley’s spot to keep. The Middletown, Delaware, native has been a force throughout the lineup, hitting .308 with two home runs and 34 RBIs.
CF Andrew Stevenson (.356, 1 HR, 21 RBIs)
The Washington Nationals took Stevenson with the No. 58 pick, grabbing a stellar defensive outfielder who has proved he can hit for contact. For two consecutive seasons, Stevenson has led the Tigers in batting average, including a .356 mark this season. Stevenson hurts his opponents with his ability to stretch singles into doubles and doubles into triples; he led the team in triples this season with five.
RF Mark Laird (.323, 1 HR, 23 RBIs)
With Stevenson in center field and Laird in right field, LSU created a defensive black hole in the outfield. At the plate, Laird was never a power threat — he hit only one home run in three seasons at LSU, and that was an inside-the-park homer — but he always brought a consistent contact bat to the lineup, hitting .323 with 23 RBIs.
DH Chris Sciambra (.309, 3 HR, 27 RBIs)
Mainieri has an interesting situation at designated hitter. Against right-handed pitchers, he turns to Sciambra, who was the hero last Saturday night against UL-Lafayette after smacking a game-winning solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Against left-handed arms, he uses sophomore Danny Zardon in the DH spot, considering his success against southpaws this season. Both have proved to be potent bats in the lineup, and both will likely get their chance to leave their mark when the team arrives in Omaha.