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LSU third baseman Zack Mathis (17) gets a fist bump from LSU hitting coach Eddie Smith after arriving on third on an RBI double by LSU second baseman Cade Doughty, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU and baseball programs across the nation received roster relief next season from the NCAA, alleviating concerns about a surplus of players expected to arrive in college baseball.

The NCAA lifted 35-man roster limitations Wednesday, letting teams carry an unlimited number of players. Coaches can now offer less than 25% of a scholarship to accommodate the larger numbers, and players allowed on scholarship increased from 27 to 32. The changes will last one academic year.

Though baseball programs did not receive more scholarships or money to use for building their rosters — they still have 11.7 total athletic scholarships to give — the decision helps coaches who faced widespread roster crunches.

"We were hoping for some relief on the 11.7 as well," LSU coach Paul Mainieri said on WNXX-FM, 104.5. "That did not come. It remains to be seen how much the relief on the 35-man roster and those other rules will factor."

With the Major League Baseball draft lasting five rounds and the NCAA granting extended eligibility to all 2020 spring-sport athletes, college baseball will likely have more players next season.

Under previous restrictions, teams didn't have enough spots for their current players and incoming recruiting classes. Coaches faced cuts. A handful of LSU players had already entered the transfer portal the last few months.

"The 35-man roster would be helpful," Mainieri said. "You hate to have to cut a player loose from your squad just to be within roster limits."

Though Mainieri sounded pleased by the NCAA's decision, he cautioned how much it will affect LSU next season. The draft, which begins Wednesday night, may purge LSU's roster. It could also leave it filled with players. Mainieri won't know until the event ends.

"It may be we'll be underneath our 35-man limit," Mainieri said. "It may be we'll be underneath our 27-man scholarship limit, and we won't need to talk to any players about reducing their scholarships."

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