LSU closer Broussard reaches deal with Dodgers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU closer Joe Broussard

The LSU baseball team is losing its closer.

Hard-throwing righty Joe Broussard will forgo his senior year after agreeing to contract details with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday.

Broussard reached a deal with the organization on Wednesday night, an expected move.

“I figured it was time for me to move on. We had a good season. It’s going to be hard to leave LSU,” said the 23-year-old Broussard. “People in that program have done so much for me. I wouldn’t be in a place I am right now without them.”

Broussard would not reveal his signing bonus, but said it was “enough to get me started and help me through pro ball.”

The Dodgers selected Broussard in the 15th round of last week’s MLB first-year player draft. He’ll likely start his pro career in Utah with the Ogden Raptors, one of the Dodgers’ rookie ball teams.

Broussard, a fourth-year junior from Gretna, finished the season with eight saves and a 1.05 ERA. Primarily a fastball pitcher, Broussard hovered in the low to mid 90s. He struggled some late in the year, but served as a solid closer for much of the season.

Broussard dropped somewhat by most draft projections. He was expected for selection in the top 10 rounds of the draft. Broussard missed last year recovering from Tommy John surgery. He served mainly as a bullpen guy his freshman and sophomore years.

Broussard was at the center of LSU’s season-ending collapse. The Tigers lost back-to-back games to Houston to lose the Baton Rouge regional.

They led 4-0 entering the eighth inning against the Cougars in a game that would have sent the Tigers to the super regional round. Broussard allowed the game-winning run in the 11th inning in a 5-4 loss in that game.

Coach Paul Mainieri said he regretted not inserting Broussard to start the eighth. Broussard struck out five from the ninth through the 11th innings. Kurt McCune allowed all four runs in the eighth.

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