AUBURN, Ala. — In a 24-hour period, Alex Bregman took two five-hour flights and traveled to three states. And then he played a baseball game.
Bregman attended his grandfather’s funeral Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. Stan Bregman and his grandson were close.
Speaking to reporters after Thursday night’s win, Bregman’s ball cap donned the name, “Stan.”
“It was great to see my family yesterday, and it was great to celebrate my grandpa’s life. He was a role model for me,” Bregman said. “Getting to spend time with my family and remember him and what he’s done and how he’s impacted people was huge for me.”
Bregman caught a 5 a.m. flight to Los Angeles on Wednesday, made the funeral that afternoon and took a red-eye flight to Atlanta that left at 11 p.m.
He arrived in Atlanta at about 6 a.m. local time Thursday and drove, with pitching coach Alan Dunn, to Auburn. Bregman slept two hours when he arrived in Auburn at 8 a.m., woke up for breakfast and then got three more hours of sleep.
He went 2-for-5 in Thursday’s 10-0 rout.
Bregman went 1-for-4 in Friday’s 11-3 win as LSU closed out the series.
LSU is set to again piecemeal a series finale on the mound.
No problem. Virtually every reliever is fresh after a dominant first two games of the series.,
The Tigers used just three relievers in the first pair against Auburn — Alden Cartwright, Parker Bugg and Hunter Devall — and none of them went more than one innings.
LSU has seven other bullpen guys, including closer Joe Broussard, who have not been used this week.
LSU conducted a small graduation ceremony in its Auburn hotel for players Sean McMullen and Nate Fury, and graduate assistant Alex Edward and two managers. Coach Paul Mainieri, donning a cap and gown, presented diplomas to the five. … LSU centerfielder Andrew Stevenson was named to the watch list for the Gregg Olson Award, an honor given to the nation’s “breakout player.” Stevenson hit .193 last season and was batting .348 before Friday’s game. … LSU’s win Thursday night over Auburn was the largest SEC road win by an LSU team since the Tigers beat Mississippi State 17-1 in May 2011.