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BUZZED: LSU baseball player Haydel serves as grand marshal

Peter Silas Pasqua
LSU baseball player Buzzy Haydel shakes hands with Mayor Barney Arceneaux as Ascension Chamber of Commerce Sherrie Despino looks on during a presentation to Haydel before he served as the grand marshal of the Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.

Five things you should know about Buzzy Haydel

1. Buzzy Haydel was a member of the 2009 LSU baseball team that won the National Championship in Omaha, Neb. His full name is Martin?Pius Haydel Jr. He was born April 6, 1987, Haydel worked as a pitcher and infielder during his LSU career. Throughout his career, Haydel hit .296 with two home runs, 10 doubles, 24 runs and 21 RBIs. Haydel made his first college appearance on the mound as a senior and emerged a valuable reliever who made nine appearances including firing two shutout innings in the 2009 SEC Tournament Championship game May 24 against Vanderbilt to clinch the title for LSU. Haydel’s parents are Marty and Pam Haydel and he has one brother, Dustin and four sisters, Amber, Katie, Brigette and Mindee.

2. Haydel hit the last home run out of Alex Box Stadium and also registered the final out at the historic ball park. The last game played at Alex Box Stadium was held June 9, 2008. The Tigers defeated UC Irvine 21-7 in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regionals and Haydel launched the final home run before punching in the final out at first base.

3. Haydel presented “The Buzz from Omaha,” a video, audio and written diary of the 2008 College World Series from a player's perspective. The show included his personal thoughts on the events surrounding the World Series including visiting the Children’s Hospital as well as interviews with his teammates and game recaps.

4. Haydel graduated from East Ascension where he was voted Student of the Year in 2004-05. He helped EA to their only baseball state championship in 2003 and was a two-time first-team all-state pick earning district MVP twice. he Also played football as a quarterback with current NFL players Glenn Dorsey and Shawn Nelson.

5. Haydel joined the LSUstaff an an undergraduate assistant coach for the 2010 season after completing his eligibility. His major is kinesiology. He lists his dad, Marty, as the biggest influence on his athletic career because “he taught me the game of baseball at a young age and continues to do so.”

Buzzy Haydel signs an autograph for Kade Despino.