Look who’s back: Pitcher Alex Lange leads LSU to an 8-2 series-clinching win over Missouri _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU third baseman Conner Hale (20) lands on top of Missouri catcher Lake Dabney (46) as he makes the catch in the dugout hit off of Missouri catcher Jack Klages (12) in the third inning, Saturday, May 9, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Paul Mainieri spent a few minutes before Saturday’s game recruiting – for football coach Les Miles.

LSU assistant football coaches Bradley Dale Peveto and Ed Orgeron brought five star defensive tackle recruit Rashard Lawrence to Alex Box Stadium. The trio milled around the LSU dugout in the half-hour leading up to first pitch.

Lawrence, a Monroe native and Neville standout, spent time talking with Mainieri and shortstop Alex Bregman. Lawrence, a 6-3, 305-pound prospect, is ranked as the fourth-best defensive tackle in the nation, according to 24/7Sports.com.

LSU defensive tackle Christian LaCouture accompanied Lawrence at a dignitary-filled pregame gathering on Skip Bertman field. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva milled about and so did former football star Kevin Faulk, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Tigers play-by-play man Jim Hawthorne joined the group too.

Hawthorne sang the national anthem to a rousing ovation from a more than half full Alex Box. Hawthorne, LSU’s play-by-play man for the last 32 years, is calling his final season of baseball. He’ll retire after next year’s basketball season.

This will be his final home regular season weekend at the Box as the Tigers’ play-by-play leader.

Seven steals, not eight

Conner Hale’s steal of second base in the third inning of Friday’s win over Missouri has been reversed, giving the Tigers seven steals in that game instead of eight.

The eight steals was most for an LSU team in one game since 1995. Seven gives them the most since 2009.

Hale advanced to second on MU shortstop Ryan Howard’s throw to home plate – he got Bregman trying to steal home. It was had been ruled a steal, which was Hale’s first of the year.

Because of LSU’s stealing success on Friday night, Missouri changed catchers for Saturday’s game, yanking Brett Bond for Jack Klages. Bond led the team in average, but he had two errors in throws to second base trying to catch a Tiger stealing.


LSU’s 1975 SEC championship-winning baseball team was honored in the second inning. Those Tigers won the program’s first NCAA regional game. … Freshman Greg Deichmann practiced infield before Saturday’s game as the backup second baseman to Danny Zardon – a change from Friday when he backed up Conner Hale at third during infield drills. Grayson Byrd moved from the No. 2 second baseman during infield to backing up Bregman at shortstop. … LSU wore gray pants on Friday for brain cancer awareness. The Tigers normally wear white pants.

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