Friday, April 07, 2006

Tiger Baseball 2006

LSU Baseball 2006

LSU Alex Box Stadium

Sprowl Hit

Smoke Laval’s first four seasons as coach of the LSU Tigers have featured several significant accomplishments, as he has directed the Tigers to two College World Series appearances, one SEC championship, two SEC Western Division titles and two Top 10 finishes. Laval, the 2003 SEC Coach of the Year, has also guided LSU to the best SEC regular-season record in thepast four seasons, posting a 75-43-1 (.634) mark.

Laval hopes to produce similar results in 2006, though some of the Tigers’ methods may change. Laval’s previous clubs have, for the most part, been veteran teams with powerful sluggers. The ’06 LSU squad is a young group (23 freshmen and sophomores) that will take a different offensive approach.

“We won’t have the type of lineup we’ve had in recent years with big power numbers and high slugging percentages,” Laval said. “This club will be young and fun to watch. We’ll do more running, steal more bases, and we’ll have more speed defensively.”

LSU, which finished the 2005 season ranked No. 18 in the nation, welcomes 15 returning lettermen – including seven pitchers and six starters in the batting order -- and a 14-man signing class.

Follow all the action at LSU Sports.

Geaux Tigers!!!

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