ATHENS, Ga. — Paul Mainieri didn’t have a lot to smile about Sunday as he stared out of Georgia’s visiting dugout onto a tarp-covered, waterlogged Foley Field.
There was one thing, though, that made the coach perk up: X-rays on Chris Chinea’s jaw came back negative Sunday morning.
“Best news of the day,” the LSU coach said, “Chris Chinea had no fracture. Really fat lip and four stitches in his chin. He was going to play today.”
Chinea took a 92 mph fastball off the chin and mouth area during Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday against Georgia. The extent of the damage: four stitches and a sore jaw.
He has all of his teeth, has no fracture and was in the lineup before LSU and Georgia’s series finale was rained out Sunday afternoon.
“He took a 92 mph fastball off the chin and the ball just stopped,” Mainieri said. “He’s got a tough jaw.”
The ball from right-hander Sean McLaughlin careened off of Chinea’s chin, dropping the junior to the dirt and sending blood oozing from his mouth in a scary incident that had coaches and trainers rushing out to the player.
Chinea immediately received stitches to close the wound, and an X-ray Sunday morning revealed no other damage. If LSU would have played, Chinea would have started at first and worn a faceguard to cover the area while batting.
“I asked him if he’d ever been hit in the face before,” Mainieri said. “He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘How old were you?’ He said, ‘Ten.’ So I said, ‘Well, so you’ve got 11 more years before you get hit again.’”
Mainieri added: “(He) seems to have overcome that (first hit), and I’m sure he’ll overcome this one as well.”
Scivicque: Getting my foot down
The only thing to stop catcher Kade Scivicque’s hitting streak? The rain.
Scivicque’s hot streak was temporarily dampened with the rainout Sunday. He’s had a hit in 23 straight games and had five hits – including a homer and three RBIs — in Saturday’s doubleheader.
What’s behind this wild ride? Scivicque said a small adjustment he made with his feet.
“Getting my foot down, my timing down a little bit sooner,” the senior from Maurepas said. “(It) just gives myself more time so I’m not tied up at the end (of the swing).”
Scivicque 23-game hit streak feels like 40 games, said Mainieri.
Why? Scivicque has gone hitless in just two games this season, and in each of those he had just two at-bats. During the hit streak, Scivicque has had 12 multiple-hit games and he’s driven in 22 runs in that span.
“I can’t remember the guy not having a game where he didn’t get a hit,” Mainieri said. “I don’t know that he tweaked anything to start this streak. I think he was hitting great before this streak even began. He’s been so consistent the whole year. It’s really been an amazing year.”
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