LSU Baseball Report: College debut earns pitcher Jaden Hill weekly freshman honor from SEC

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Jaden Hill
(Photo: Jonathan Mailhes)

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU right-hander Jaden Hill was named SEC Baseball Freshman of the Week Monday by the league office.

Hill, a product of Ashdown, Ark., enjoyed a tremendous collegiate debut on Sunday against Air Force, defeating the Falcons by allowing just one run on four hits in five innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.

Hill struck out the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning and limited Air Force to just a double and three singles over the course of the five-inning outing, which was composed of 71 pitches (44 for strikes).

Hill, who was drafted as a high school senior last summer by the St. Louis Cardinals, is the cousin of former LSU centerfielder Cedrick Harris, the starting centerfielder for the Tigers’ 2000 national championship team.

LSU Baseball Report – February 18, 2019
Overall Record: 3-0

Last Week’s Results (3-0)
Feb. 15 (Fri.) – LOUISIANA-MONROE (W, 12-7)
Feb. 16 (Sat.) – ARMY (W, 6-5)
Feb. 17 (Sun.) – AIR FORCE (W, 17-5)

This Week’s Schedule
Feb. 19 (Tue.) – SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA, 4 p.m. CT (SEC Network +) ***
Feb. 20 (Wed.) – at Northwestern State, 6 p.m. CT (ESPN+) — POSTPONED to March 12
Feb. 22 (Fri.) – BRYANT, 7 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
Feb. 23 (Sat.) – BRYANT, 3 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)
Feb. 24 (Sun.) – BRYANT, 2 p.m. CT (SEC Network +)

*** Start time Tuesday moved up from 6:30 p.m. due to weather concerns.

Notes on the Tigers
Top-ranked LSU opened the 2019 season with three straight victories over Louisiana-Monroe, Army and Air Force … the games drew a total attendance figure of 35,463, which was the largest three-game total for a season-opening weekend in the history of Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field … senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis led LSU to three straight wins in the Tigers’ season-opening weekend by batting .385 (5-for-13) with one double, two homers, 10 RBI and four runs scored … in Friday’s 12-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe, Duplantis blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie, and after ULM knotted the game 7-7 in the top of the eighth, he launched a grand slam in the bottom of the inning to highlight a five-run outburst … the grand slam was the second of Duplantis’ career; the first came on April 22, 2016, versus Mississippi State … in the Tigers’ 17-5 win over Air Force on Sunday, Duplantis was 3-for-3 at the plate with a double, three RBI and two runs scored … Duplantis now has 273 career hits, 79 shy of matching former LSU first baseman Eddy Furniss (1995-98) as the all-time SEC hits leader with 352 … freshman right-hander Jaden Hill enjoyed a tremendous collegiate debut on Sunday against Air Force, defeating the Falcons by allowing just one run on four hits in five innings with one walk and eight strikeouts … Hill struck out the first three batters he faced in the top of the first inning and limited Air Force to just a double and three singles over the course of the five-inning outing, which was composed of 71 pitches (44 for strikes) … junior shortstop Josh Smith got off to a torrid start over the weekend, batting .667 (8-for-12) with two doubles, two RBI and six runs scored … sophomore leftfielder Daniel Cabrera batted .500 (5-for-10) in three games with two homers, six RBI and four runs scored … in Friday’s win over ULM, Cabrera launched two homers, marking the first multi-HR game of his career … Cabrera also produced a career-high five RBI in Friday’s contest … the Tigers hit .349 (47-for-106) as a team over the weekend with nine doubles, six homers and 35 runs scored … all nine doubles came in the Tigers’ 17-5 win over Air Force on Sunday, just one double shy of the school record of 10 set on March 22, 1998, versus Arkansas … among the hitting highlights over the weekend was a three-run, walk-off home run by freshman first baseman Cade Beloso on Saturday versus Army … LSU entered the ninth inning trailing 5-3, but the first two Tiger hitters drew walks and Beloso launched the first pitch he saw into the right-field bleachers to give LSU the victory … the walk-off HR was LSU’s first since April 15, 2018, when Daniel Cabrera accomplished the feat versus Tennessee.

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