Austin Bain to make first start on Sunday for LSU

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Former Dutchtown Griffin Austin Bain has 25 strikeouts in 22 innings of work so far this season. Photo by LSUsports.net.

Ascension players continue to do big things at LSU this season.

Former East Ascension Lady Spartan Bailey Landry has had a huge sophomore campaign. Just last week, she was named Co-SEC Player of the Week.

And now, former Dutchtown baseball star Austin Bain is set to make his first collegiate start for LSU on Sunday against Auburn after being named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week.

In a win over Alabama over the weekend, Bain took the mound and inherited a tough jam. The Tigers were down 4-2 with the bases loaded with just one out in the bottom of the first.

Bain ended up pitching 6.2 innings. He struck out nine batters, only yielded three hits and didn't allow a single earned run.

Bain has performed very well this season when he has been given opportunities on the mound.

Despite being a true freshman, he has made 12 appearances for the TIgers and pitched 22 innings. In those 22 innings of work, he has a 2.45 ERA and has only given up a total of six runs.

In addition to the six runs, he has only allowed 14 hits and has only surrendered eight walks. Most impressively, he has 25 strikeouts in the 22 innings.

Bain's 2.45 ERA is fourth-best on the team for pitchers that have made at least 12 appearances on the mound.

Though, Bain's rapid success shouldn't be a huge surprise. He had a tremendously-decorated career at Dutchtown.

In his senior season, he helped lead the Griffins to the state quarterfinals. In the run, he was a first-team all-district player in addition to being named the district's MVP. He was also an All-State honorable mention selection.

Bain and the Tigers are currently 27-5 overall and 8-4 in the SEC. They're ranked No. 3 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll, and they're ranked No. 1 by Perfect Game.