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Observations: Purple vs. Gold WS Game 2


The Purple squad had two runners in scoring position prepared to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth, but junior left-hander Hunter Devall escaped unscathed to give Gold the 4-3 victory.

Neither freshman outfielder Turner Graham nor sophomore shortstop Kramer Robertson could bring the tying run home – Graham struck out swinging and Robertson flied out to center field.

LSU sophomore southpaw Jared Poche’ settled down after a rocky first inning, where he allowed two runs on three hits on 19 pitches. The Lutcher, La., native proceeded to shut down the Purple squad over the next two innings, finishing with one strikeout.

Freshman right-hander Doug Norman started the contest for the Gold team, tossing three innings and allowing only one run.

 Other Observations from Game 2:

  • Friday night’s attendance was 552.
  • LSU used small-ball to score runs early. Both leadoff hitters, Stevenson and Robertson, led off their respective halves of the
    first inning with a bunt single. Both proceeded to score.
  • Freshman catcher Mike Papierski backed up Paul Mainieri’s “future All-SEC catcher” comments from last week with an impressive Friday night showing. The switch-hitter picked up three RBIs – a sac fly from the right side of the plate and a two-RBI double from the left.
  • Freshman outfielder Beau Jordan continued his impressive World Series, picking up another RBI single on Friday night. He also made a leaping grab in left field to prevent the tying run from reaching base.
  • Sophomore outfielder Jake Fraley recovered after striking out twice on Thursday night. The Middletown, Del., native had two doubles and an RBI on Friday night.
  • It was a rough night for senior left-hander Henri Faucheux, who pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two runs. One run crossed home plate after Faucheux balked.
  • Relievers who pitched on Friday:
    • Gold:
      • Faucheux: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R
      • Devall: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K, 1 BB
      • Person: 1 1P
    • Purple:
      • Domangue: 1 IP, 1 H
      • Newman: 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 3 Ks

Observations: Purple and Gold WS Game 1


It wasn’t an ideal start for either freshman right-hander in the Purple  and Gold World Series opener as the Gold squad emerged victorious 6-4.

Jake Godfrey took the mound first for the Gold squad, throwing 15 pitches with one strikeout and one hit allowed in his debut inning.

The New Lenox, Ill., native struggled with command over his three innings pitched, though, allowing two runs on wild pitches in the top of the third.

Alex Lange didn’t fare much better. After an eight-pitch first inning that included three groundouts to sophomore shortstop Kramer Robertson, Lange had trouble finding the strike zone, walking two batters and throwing three wild pitches.

The Lee’s Summit, Mo., native surrendered three runs in three innings pitched.

Other observations from Game 1:

• Thursday night’s attendance: 654.

• Mark Laird had a solid night at the plate, finishing with four hits, including an RBI double into the left-center field gap. All four of Laird’s knocks went to the left side of the diamond.

You remember Kramer Robertson, right? (Travis Spradling)

You remember Kramer Robertson, right? (Travis Spradling)

• Kramer Robertson has never been known for his power stroke, but he was able to rope an RBI double over junior center fielder Andrew Stevenson’s head in the top of the fourth inning.

• Walk-on pitcher Ryan May made his debut for the Gold squad, pitching one inning and allowing two runs with 1 strikeout and a walk. He also balked in the inning.

• Freshman infielder Austin Bain had two hits as the Gold team’s first baseman, including an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Bain was shut down from pitching last week after suffering from shoulder soreness.

• Freshman third baseman Grayson Byrd’s two-RBI double down the third base line gave the Gold team a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

• The Tigers’ defense showed some rust on Thursday night. Byrd made one error at third base, and he proceeded to boot a bunt by Robertson two batters later. Robertson also made an error on a grounder up the middle. After initially fielding the ball, he failed to make the transition to his throwing hand, allowing a Gold run to score.

• Relievers who threw: Purple – Parker Bugg, Andrew Mitchell; Gold – Ryan May, Alden Cartwright

  • Game 2: 7 p.m. Friday
  • Game 3: 5 p.m. Sunday

Hitt’n a triple: LSU baseball’s recruiting class No. 1 in three major rankings

The LSU baseball team’s star-studded 2014 signing class didn’t need Mac Marshall to be No. 1.

Baseball America became the third major outlet to rank LSU’s latest recruiting haul No. 1 in the nation, the school announced Wednesday. BA joined Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game to give the Tigers the top spot.

Javi Sanchez helped reel in the No. 1 signing class. (CATHERINE THRELKELD)

Javi Sanchez helped reel in the No. 1 signing class. (CATHERINE THRELKELD)

Marshall, a highly rated pitcher from Georgia and considered the class’ headliner, abruptly withdrew from school in September and will attend a Florida junior college. He plans to leap to professional baseball next year. He would have had to spend three years at LSU before being eligible for the draft.

“Not many recruiting classes could withstand a blow like that, but LSU’s incredibly deep class still ranks as college baseball’s best,” wrote Aaron Fitt, Baseball America’s national writer.

The freshman class includes six pitchers and five position players. The Tigers are in the midst of fall practice.

Former recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez helped reel in the signing class. He left the program and has been replaced by Andy Cannizaro.

Baseball America’s top 10 included, in order, Virginia, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, North Carolina, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State and Florida State.

LSU baseball’s signing class ranked No. 1, as expected

The LSU baseball team’s signing class is the best in the nation.

That’s at least according to Collegiate Baseball. The publication ranked the Tigers’ 2014 signing class No. 1 in the nation, an expected move.

Javi Sanchez helped reel in the No. 1 signing class. (CATHERINE THRELKELD)

Javi Sanchez helped reel in the No. 1 signing class. (CATHERINE THRELKELD)

The signing class got a boost when the Houston Astros failed to sign highly rated Georgia pitcher Mac Marshall by the deadline in July.

The freshman class includes six pitchers and five position players. The Tigers begin the fall season Oct. 6. Former recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez helped reel in the signing class. He left the program and has been replaced by Andy Cannizaro.

Full rankings:

  •   1. Louisiana St.
  •   2. Wichita St.
  •   3. Florida
  •   4. San Diego
  •   5. Oklahoma St.
  •   6. Mississippi St.
  •   7. Texas
  •   8. Stanford
  •   9. Virginia                      
  • 10. Cal. St. Fullerton
  •   11. North Carolina
  •   12. Oregon St.
  •   13. Texas Tech.
  •   14. Kentucky
  •   15. Mississippi
  •   16. Arkansas
  •   17. UCLA
  •   18. Long Beach St.
  •   19. Oregon
  •   20. Miami, Fla. and Florida St.
  •   22. Texas Christian
  •   23. Rice                          
  •   24. South Carolina
  •   25. Vanderbilt
  •   26. Louisville
  •   27. Arizona St.
  •   28. Arizona
  •   29. Florida International
  •   30. Michigan
  •   31. Missouri
  •   32. San Diego St.
  •   33. Houston
  •   34. Tennessee
  •   35. Clemson                       
  •   36. Duke
  •   37. Stetson
  •   38. Florida Gulf Coast
  •   39. California
  •   40. Texas A&M and Auburn

On The Record: Andy Cannizaro

Andy Cannizaro was hired to replace Javi Sanchez.

Andy Cannizaro was hired to replace Javi Sanchez.

On The Record is an occasional Q&A blog post with an LSU sports figure.

LSU hired Andy Cannizaro a month ago to be its new recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. Read our full story on Cannizaro – his major league playing days, childhood life and recruiting network – in an upcoming edition of The Advocate.

Here’s our Q&A with him in which he talks leaving the Yankees, his philosophy on hitting and base-stealing and his network for recruiting:

Advocate: Why did you leave such a good job and organization – he was a scout for the Yankees – to come to LSU?

Cannizaro: This is kind of always what I wanted to do. You nailed it. I loved by job, loved working for the Yankees. I couldn’t have been in a better situation. Kind of always in the back of my mind knew this is what I always wanted to do. Wanted to get back on the field in a teaching capacity, being around young players.

It was definitely a tough decision because of where I was coming from. I had a job that I loved, had bosses that I loved and great working relationships with those guys. Twelve years as a player and scout in the organization, knew everybody from the top to the bottom. Just felt like this was the right time to do it and see how things go.

This is always what I wanted to do. Couldn’t pick a better place to go do it at. That was obviously a major part of it too. I like my job so much that I was looking to just go do this anywhere. It needed to be at one of the best places in the country. That’s what this is. That kind of had a lot to do with it.

Advocate: What’s your hitting philosophy?

Andy Cannizaro with his wife Allison and children Gabrielle (left) and Pierce.

Andy Cannizaro with his wife Allison and children Gabrielle (left) and Pierce.

Cannizaro: My hitting philosophy. I think young kids are better hitters when they simplify things. I think hitting’s hard enough to do. It’s the age-old taking a round bat and round ball and hitting it square. It’s really hard to hit.

One of the biggest things with my previous job that I’m going to take into this job is when I finished playing I’m never going to forget how hard it is to hit. Guys are throwing hard, breaking balls. Eight guys standing out there in front of you trying to field and get you out.

It’s hard to hit in BP, much less when you don’t know it’s coming. Pitchers are throwing whatever they want to in whatever count. One of things I wanted to take is never forget how hard it is to hit.

As far as approach, simplify it. Try to get the barrel of the baseball from point A to point B as quick as we can and with the shortest path as possible. Stay short to the baseball, use the whole field, eb able to teach guys and help guys learn what their roles and what their jobs are. I want to be able to give definitions and define guys roles. It’s not me defining those roles. It’s what type of player and hitter they are.

Guys like Mark Laird and Andrew Stevenson, they don’t need to hit flyballs 370 foot to the gap. Those are outs. Understand what makes them go. I think the quicker young players understand their role and game and what they need to do to maximize their ability to get the most out of their ability… that’s when they take off as players. It’s having guys that know what their role is on the team, buying in to commit to be the on-base guy who’s going to steal bases, going to score runs. It’s teaching (Chris) Chinea and (Kade) Scivicique and the middle of the order guys, ‘Hey you’re hitting in the middle of the order for a reason. You need to try to drive the baseball.’

There’s a time and place for trying to impact the ball and knowing what you’re trying to do. Scivicque’s role is different from Laird’s role. Laird’s role is different than Bregman’s role. Need each guy to know what they bring to the table. Play your game. Do your job.

If you understand what you’re job is and you can come to the park every day, knowing that if I do my job, I’m going to help my team win today, we’re going to win a lot of games. We’ll be standing at the end of the year on national TV on ESPN. That’s the goal here. It’s not to have a great regular season and win a lot of games. The goal’s to get to Omaha and win national championships. That’s the goal, that’s the flags you see in front of the stadium. It doesn’t have regional appearances on there. It’s got national championships.

To do that, we’ve got to have guys perform at their highest level all year long. Stevenson doesn’t need to hit eight home runs this year. What you need to do is have a high on-base percentage, wreak havoc and score runs, get bunts down. Mark Laird needs to do the same thing, and Alex Bregman is a different guy: Use the field, drive the baseball, drive runs in, get on base, steal bases. He’s got a really complete game.

I’m not looking for a guy like Alex Bregman to come in here and hit double home runs. No. Let’s drive the baseball, score runs, move runners. Define guys roles, stay short to the baseball, look for pitches you can hit and hit well, not just pitches you can get the bat on.

Advocate: You’ve been around a lot of guys and I’m sure you’ve dealt with it too: a slump. Bregman last year had a tough time with that. When a player falls into that, as a coach, what’s going to be your approach?

Cannizaro: I think one of the things you need to do with young hitters is continually tell those guys that they’re good players, that they’re good hitters. Trust their track record. Trust the fact, you’re always hit and you’re going to hit. This a tough game. You’re not going to hit five hits out of 10 at-bats all year long. But at the end of the year you look up and somebody hit .350, and when the season’s over you look back and say, ‘That guy had a great year.’ He’s only getting a hit 35 percent of the time. He’s failing a ton. Offensively, it’s a game of failure. Good hitters stay positive at the plate. Good hitters know they can hit. They never doubt their own ability. The game’s going to beat you up. My job as a hitting coach is to stay positive with those kids, and you get those guys back on track, doing the things they do well. Not pressing. Not trying to do too much.

Last year, Bregman struggled a little bit. There was no (Mason) Katz in the lineup, no (Raph) Rhymes in the lineup. All of a sudden, LSU shows up to the point every night and it’s, ‘We’re not going to let Alex Bregman beat us.’ He probably got pitched a little bit differently last year than he did as a freshman, surrounded by some bangers and some guys … huge track record of success in college baseball. As the year went on, like good hitters do, by the end of the year Alex Bregman was as good as anybody in the nation. That’ll be a learning experience for him last year. ‘Hey you’re not going to get 2-0, 3-1 fastballs down the middle of the plate with nobody on base, balls you can drive. You’re going to get pitched to, you’re going to get pitched around, and that’s part of the process with him becoming a complete player.’

He’s already a great player. Alex Bregman is a phenomenal player that plays hard every day. You can’t ask him to do anymore than he does every day. He plays hard. He’s a team leader. He wants to be the greatest shortstop in the history of college baseball. I love that. I love the fact that he’s got goals and has the drive to be great. He’s a young player that needs to continue to learn and build on the things that happened last year. Just continue to build on it and go forward and learn that when we get off the bus there’s a good chance that scouting report is going to say, ‘Don’t let Bregman beat you.’ There’s two years of track record on how to pitch him. It’s about pitch selection and strike zone discipline and getting into hitter’s counts, which he’s going to do. He’s going to have a tremendous year.

Advocate: Two years ago coach Mainieri rarely adjusted his batting order game to game. Last year, that wasn’t the case. The lineup shifted every game. How do the pieces go together this year?

Andy Cannizaro as a Tulane shortstop.

Andy Cannizaro as a Tulane shortstop.

Cannizaro: We’ve got some really good parts and pieces. We’ve got guys, multiple guys, who can do the same thing: create a lot of havoc in the lineup. You’ve got guys in the top and bottom of your order that can really run. You’ve got hitters in the middle like a guy like Bregman who uses the field, tough out, competitive out. You’ve got bangers in the middle of your lineup that are capable of leaving the yard at any point.

I think we’re going to have one of the most complete lineups, 1 to 9, in the country. We walk into the park, we get off the bus and show up …. I think we’ve got a chance to have, 1 to 9, as complete 1 to 9 where there’s nine tough outs where you never give that pitcher or the defense a chance to put their guard down. For nine batters, they’ve got to stay locked in and execute pitches to be able to get you out. We had guys, numerous guys, that had tremendous success this summer.

I think we’re going to have opportunities to have great at-bats, 1 through 9, put pressure on the defense, score a ton of runs and have a ton of fun offensively. There’s not any more fun when you’re playing this game and scoring runs, when everyone’s hitting and team confidence is at an all-time high.

Advocate: Coach Mainieri mentioned that he hired you to help LSU get better on the base paths, specifically in stealing bases. You were successful at that in college and professionally. How do you approach that part?

Cannizaro: I think one of the things I want to do with our runners is … making the art and craft of stealing bases fun. It really can be something that is contagious. The better we can do it, the more runs we’re going to score.

Whether people want to admit it or not, this is a statistical game. Every kid in America walks up to the plate and knows exactly what they’re hitting. Its plastered all over the scoreboard, stat sheets are everywhere. It’s a statistical game. We’ve got some great athletes here, some plus-runners on a pro scale. Seventy to 80 runners on a pro scale. We’ve got guys with good instincts. We’ve got some guys who can do better at stealing bases.

Guys get excited when they steal basis because it increases their stats. It’s a stats game, whether people want to admit it or not. As a team, we steal more bases, score more runs. As a hitter, I’d love to hit with you standing on second base than first base. One, there’s now a base open so they don’t necessarily want to keep putting guys on bases. All of the sudden, a base hit drives a run in. Now that guy that stole second’s like, ‘Perfect, I was 1 for 4 but I stole two bags today.’ It’s a statistical game where you can complete your resume, so to speak, with more stolen bases. Guys like Laird and Stevenson and Bregman and Kramer Robertson. We’ve got a roster full of guys, great athletes who can do more on the bases.

One, it will help them individually get where they want to go. Two, it will help us as a team score more runs. The ball’s not flying like it used to. If you have one guy in your lineup that hits double digit home run in college baseball, he’s a monster. If the ball’s not flying, we’ve got to find ways to do some things to score more runs.

Advocate: How does your network of scouts help you in recruiting?

Cannizaro: It’s a really big part of it. Like anywhere, when you do your job man, you want to do your job to the best of your ability. You want to be able to network and be friendly and build relationships. This is still a relationship world. If you can’t build relationships and meet people, it’s going to be really difficult to get where you want to go.

It’s the conversation of baseball. Everyone’s in the game and wants to talk the game. You build relationships with people and hopefully now in return, that I’m on this side of it, those friends of mine all over the country when they see players certainly I want those guys calling me before they call anyone else. That’s part of it. Not everybody can play here. We’re looking to get that impactful guy on the mound or that bat. We’re looking for the best players in the country. Hopefully that relationship with the guys I have in pro-ball can help us on the recruiting side.

On The Record: Alan Dunn (on his new pitchers)

Alan Dunn watches Jared Poche warm up. (Travis Spradling)

Alan Dunn watches Jared Poche warm up. (Travis Spradling)

LSU reeled in a 2014 signing class ranked No. 1 by many sites. The group includes seven pitchers.

Pitching coach Alan Dunn touches on each one of his new hurlers in this On The Record post.

  • LHP Jake Latz, Lemont, Illinois

Dunn: He’s won a state championship with (catcher signee) Mike Papierski. He’s been in some big games. He’s been in that pressure.

Wiry left-hander. I say wiry, meaning really physically strong. Three-pitch mix. Curveball is a really solid pitch for him. Velocity: He’s going to pitch anywhere from 89-92 right now.

The thing that’s really excited me is that he’s taken that next step this past year and was really throwing the ball in the strike zone, which is huge. I see his maturation process of learning about combining his stuff with pitchability makes him a very exciting arm.

  • Austin Bain, Geismar, La.

Dunn: Very athletic kid. Three pitches. He’s been up to 94 before. Very good breaking ball. Nice frame. Think he’s going to fill out. Add a little more to his body.

He’s kind of new to pitching. When I say new, hasn’t had a whole lot of innings under his belt because he’s been a two-way guy. He was a shortstop. That tells you athleticism. He is athletic. The more athletic the better pitcher. Just him getting more reps, getting out there, I’m excited to see his ceiling.

Q: He’ll be a pitcher?

Dunn: We recruited him to be a pitcher, but he also played shortstop and swung the bat pretty good. We’ll see how that plays out, but if we look at it down the road he’s a guy we want to get innings from.

LHP Mac Marshall, Lilburn, Ga.

Dunn: There’s been a lot said about Mac here these last weeks. Obviously, very talented left-handed arm. Three-pitch mix where he has a really good feel. Repeats his delivery well.

Mac Marshall is the headliner to the 2014 signing class. (

Mac Marshall is the headliner to the 2014 signing class. (

Here’s a guy that’s stuff has been upper-type stuff in terms of velocity. I think this year his velo (velocity) was down a little bit of what it had been in the past. He had an injury, an appendix, that kind of put him back a little bit in high school this year in terms of regrouping his stuff. But I saw him in the summer last year and it was pretty electric coming out of there. Guy has pitched in big games. Had a lot thrust upon him. Expectations in high school. Met them head on.

Q: Is he someone you can immediately throw in the weekend rotation?

Dunn: I’m not going to say that. It’s like we tell all of our guys: When we go into fall practice, we have mapped out innings and opportunities and guys will tell you where they’re going to pitch based on how they pitch.

Do I think he has the ability to pitch? Absolutely, just like I do those other six guys. We don’t bring guys in here not to pitch. I think they’re opportunities are going to be there and their skill set will allow them to pitch at a high level. He’s obviously right there with that mix for other kids.

RHP Doug Norman, Fort Mill, S.C.

Dunn: One of the things that Doug brings, got a little different style of delivery, which I like. Gives you a different look coming out of that rotation or bullpen.

Great strike-thrower. Very confident on the mound. Great changeup which I’m a fastball, changedup guy anyway. You can pitch anywhere in baseball if you can command those two pitches. He did a very good job of doing that. I like that different look he gives.

Body-wise I think he’s such a projectable guy. He’s going to add weight. With weight, I think, comes stuff. High ceiling. I’m excited about him.

RHP Collin Strall, Suwanee, Georgia

Dunn: Junior college kid. Different look. Low three-quarter guy. When you’re trying to develop a bullpen, you want to have as much variation as you can. I think he does that.

He’s a strike thrower. Really good sink on his fastball. He’s got a great feel for a change(up). Should be a groundball type guy. Shows a lot of confidence. Things I heard about as we recruited him is he really wanted the ball in crunch time. That’s a great trait to have, especially in this conference.

RHP Jake Godfrey, New Lenox, Ill.

Dunn: Quality arm. Quality stuff. He’s been up to 94 (mph) velocity wise. A little different arm angle. Good movement on his fastball. Got a really hard slider.

Struggled early in his high school season but really locked it in at the end and really pitched good. Probably, early goings, a lot going on. Mentally, was trying to overdue it. Things kind of clicked and he was really throwing good down the stretch. I’m excited what he’s going to bring.

RHP Alex Lange, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Dunn: Prototypical power pitcher’s build. Throws the ball at a very good angle. Three-pitch mix.

Here’s a kid that’s been at that 90-94 (mph) range. Strike thrower. Took his team late in the state playoffs as well. Very athletic. With his body, I think he’s a guy that could probably take a lot of innings for you. Exciting to have him in.

  • Overall

Dunn: The thing I want to reiterate is the skill set of all of these guys we’re bringing in is good. There’s been talk about what they throw stuff wise. I’m excited about that. The thing we have to remember is they are freshman outside of Strall.

As freshmen, there’s that maturation process you have to go through to learn what it takes to pitch in this league. They’ll learn that.

We’re a long ways from opening up. We’ve got a long way.

New assistant Andy Cannizaro officially hired, other news notes

LSU replaced hitting coach/recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez with former Tulane star and former major league shortstop Andy Cannizaro, the school officially announced on Monday.

Andy Cannizaro during Monday's press conference.

Andy Cannizaro during Monday’s press conference.

The Advocate reported the news upon Sanchez’s departure announcement.

Cannizaro, a New York Yankees scout for the past five years, is a former All-American shortstop at Tulane. Cannizaro, 35, played in the big leagues for the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. He has worked as a Yankees scout since 2009, evaluating and recruiting amateur players in preparation for the annual MLB Draft.

“I believe Andy is a real star in the making and will have a tremendous impact on our program working alongside Alan Dunn, Will Davis, Nolan Cain and myself,” coach Paul Mainieri said in a statement. “His enthusiasm, intelligence, knowledge of the game, playing experience, familiarity with the area, and his contacts throughout baseball make him a perfect fit for this position. “

Cannizaro, a native of Mandeville, La., was the Yankees’ seventh-round selection in the 2001 MLB Draft, and he played in the organization for seven seasons, reaching the Major League level in September 2006.

He joined the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and was on the club’s big-league roster for the first two months of the season. He later played for the AAA affiliates of the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox before retiring from the game in September 2009.

During his pro career, he worked as head coach of the Louisiana Knights, a U18 fall team consisting of 12 NCAA Division I players.

Cannizaro, a four-year starter at shortstop for Tulane, led the 2001 Green Wave squad to the first College World Series appearance in school history, batting .395 with 118 hits, 34 doubles, 70 RBI and 52 stolen bases.

A two-time all-America and three-time all-Conference USA performer, Cannizaro is Tulane’s all-time leader in games played (248), at-bats (1,030), hits (350), doubles (85) and stolen bases (128). He was inducted in 2007 into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame.

Other news notes:

  • Cade Stone, a freshman outfielder last season, has left the baseball team. He’s transferred to LSU-Eunice, Mainieri confirmed. Stone started two games and batted .250 last season.
  • Former LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra will be an undergraduate assistant with the team this season, according to LSU’s updated schedule.
  • LSU announced the jersey numbers of its freshmen: 2 Mike Papierski, 7 Greg Deichmann, 10 Grayson Byrd, 14 Mac Marshall, 18 Austin Bain, 21 Doug Norman, 24 Beau Jordan, 25 Bryce Jordan, 29 Jake Godfrey, 30 Collin Strall, 35 Alex Lange, 67 Jake Latz.

Comments from Cannizaro at Monday’s press conference:

Andy Cannizaro being introduced.

Andy Cannizaro being introduced.

  • Cannizaro: “I feel like I’m coming to work for the New York Yankees of college baseball.”
  • Cannizaro mentioned his career at Tulane. He says that while “he had a lot of tremendous battles with LSU,” he always respected the Tigers’ program.
  • Cannizaro said he’ll take coaching lessons he learned while playing under Rick Jones at Tulane to the LSU dugout.
  • Cannizaro called LSU the “top baseball program in the country.”
  • Cannizaro on his job: “One of the biggest things about being a hitting coach is identifiying each hitter’s strength.”
  • Cannizaro thanked Javi Sanchez for “taking him through this process” of transitioning to the new job.
  • Cannizaro calls pitching coach Alan Dunn the best pitching coach in the country and is exciting about “picking his brain.”
  • Cannizaro: “I come from a baseball family. Grew up around the game. Grew up in the dugout.”
  • Cannizaro: “Getting into college coaching was always something I really wanted to do.” Said he was flattered when got call.
  • Cannizaro will work with outfielders primarily. Mainieri will stay with infielders. Will Davis from outfielders to catchers.
  • Cannizaro on Alex Bregman: “He’s a tremendous player. I can’t wait to be around him … try to maximize his game.”
  • Cannizaro, former Tulane guy: “I look forward to being in this dugout and having 11,000 fans pulling for me rather than against me.”
  • As a Yankee scout, Cannizaro evaluated some of the same players Sanchez did. Ran into each other on road a lot.
  • Cannizaro’s scouting territory with Yankees: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida panhandle, Memphis.

LSU’s 2015 baseball schedule

LSU coach Paul Mainieri and Aaron Nola celebrate the SEC tournament championship. (PATRICK DENNIS)

LSU coach Paul Mainieri and Aaron Nola celebrate the SEC tournament championship. (PATRICK DENNIS)

LSU is set to release its 2015 baseball schedule Monday afternoon.

Here’s our story from March with details on the schedule and below is the tentative 2015 schedule we were given in the spring (we don’t expect any changes):


  • 13: vs. Kansas
  • 14: vs. Kansas
  • 15: vs. Kansas
  • 18: vs. Nicholls State
  • 20: vs. Boston College
  • 21: vs. Boston College
  • 22: vs. Boston College
  • 25: vs. Southeastern Louisiana
  • 27: vs. Princeton
  • 28: vs. Princeton


  • 1: vs, Princeton
  • 3: vs. Stephen F. Austin
  • 4: vs. Grambling
  • 6: Nebraska/Houston/Baylor at Houston (Minute Maid Park)
  • 7: Nebraska/Houston/Baylor at Houston (Minute Maid Park)
  • 8: Nebraska/Houston/Baylor at Houston (Minute Maid Park)
  • 11: vs. McNeese State
  • 13: vs. Ole Miss
  • 14: vs. Ole Miss
  • 15: vs. Ole Miss
  • 18: at Southern
  • 20: at Arkansas
  • 21: at Arkansas
  • 22: at Arkansas
  • 24 at Tulane
  • 27: vs. Kentucky
  • 28: vs. Kentucky
  • 29: vs. Kentucky
  • 31: vs. UNO


  • 1: vs. Louisiana Lafayette at New Orleans (Wally Pontiff Jr. Classic)
  • 3: at Alabama
  • 4: at Alabama
  • 5: at Alabama
  • 8: vs. Northwestern State
  • 10: vs. Auburn
  • 11: vs. Auburn
  • 12: vs. Auburn
  • 15: vs. Lamar
  • 17: at Georgia
  • 18: at Georgia
  • 19: at Georgia
  • 22: vs. Tulane
  • 24: vs. Texas A&M
  • 25: vs. Texas A&M
  • 26: vs. Texas A&M
  • 28: vs. Alcorn State


  • 1: at Mississippi State
  • 2: at Mississippi State
  • 3: at Mississippi State
  • 8: vs. Missouri
  • 9: vs. Missouri
  • 10: vs. Missouri
  • 12: at UNO
  • 14: at South Carolina
  • 15: at South Carolina
  • 16: at South Carolina


  • May 19-24: SEC tournament
  • Mat 29-June 1: NCAA regionals
  • June 5-8: NCAA super regionals
  • June 13-24: College World Series

Cannizaro to be introduced as new baseball assistant Monday

LSU is set to introduce its new assistant baseball coach at a press conference Monday, and its expected to be former Tulane star and New York Yankees scout Andy Cannizaro.


Andy Cannizaro is set to be LSU's new assistant baseball coach.

Andy Cannizaro is set to be LSU’s new assistant baseball coach.

The Tigers will also introduce the 2014 signing class and reveal the 2015 schedule.

The Advocate reported on LSU’s 2015 schedule in March. Here’s the story.

Cannizaro, multiple sources said, will replace hitting coach and recruiting coordinator Javi Sanchez. Sanchez left the program over the summer and plans to leave the coaching business.

Cannizaro,  a 35-year-old from Mandeville, was a major league shortstop and last played in the majors in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Coach Paul Mainieri could not confirm Cannizaro’s hiring, but multiple sources affirmed that he’ll be introduced Monday as Sanchez’s replacement.

Poll Speak: How they finished

Paul Mainieri and his Tigers finished as high as 15th and as low as 22nd this year. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

Paul Mainieri and his Tigers finished as high as 15th and as low as 22nd this year. (Travis Spradling | The Advocate)

The LSU baseball team finished in the top 22 in all five major college rankings released over the past week. Check out the full list below and click on the poll name for a link to the rankings.