Former Griffin Bain earns postseason award for Tigers
Dutchtown alum Austin Bain has proven to be one of LSU’s most valuable players this season with the way he has been able to excel in so many different areas.
Bain was honored for his tremendously versatile play by receiving a postseason award, along with fellow senior Beau Jordan. The two were given these awards by LSU head coach Paul Mainieri when the team met at Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field, following the SEC Tournament.
“We’ve established a tradition here to honor two players each season who have distinguished themselves in all facets of our program,” Mainieri said. “Beau and Austin have each been with us for four years, and they epitomize what it means to be an LSU baseball player.”
Bain was presented with the Skip Bertman Award. This award goes to the player that best exemplifies the spirit of the LSU baseball program.
Jordan received the Wally Pontiff Jr. Scholar-Athlete Award.
Before Bain signed with LSU, he was an All-State player for the Dutchtown Griffins. During his senior season, he was named the District 5-5A MVP as he helped lead his team to the state quarterfinals. Jordan’s Barbe squad won the state title that year.
Bain wasted no time making an impact at LSU. He started multiple games as a pitcher during his freshman season.
In his first three years, Bain was used solely for his play on the mound. However, when the Tigers were fighting injuries and struggling from the plate early this season, Mainieri turned to Bain to give his team a spark.
Bain went back to being the do-it-all type of player he was at Dutchtown.
He became an every-day starter at first base and emerged as one of their best hitters. Though, Mainieri continued to use him on the mound as a reliever from time to time.
This season, Bain has hit .307—which is the third-best batting average on the team. He has also hit three home runs and collected 42 RBIs. He has scored 33 runs.
Bain’s 21 doubles leads the SEC.
On the mound, Bain has made 17 relief appearances, pitching 18 innings. In those 18 innings, he has piled up 19 strikeouts. His ERA is 3.00.
Bain graduated from LSU earlier this month with a degree in sports administration. He was an SEC Academic Honor Roll selection in 2016.
He and the Tigers just completed an impressive run to SEC Tournament runner-up that saw them pull of impressive victories over Florida and Arkansas. They demolished the defending national champion Gators by a score of 11-0.
Their performance in Hoover ensured them a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They will have to go on the road to play in the Corvallis Regional in Oregon.
They will be the No. 2 seed in the regional. Hosting Oregon State is the top seed, San Diego is the third seed and Northwestern State is the fourth.
LSU’s (37-25) first game in the regional will be against San Diego on Friday evening.
To reach the Super Regional, the Tigers will have to get past Oregon State for a second straight season.
Oregon State (44-10-1) was the No. 1 seed in the College World Series last year. After crushing LSU in their first meeting, the Tigers went on to beat them in back-to-back games to reach the national title series against Florida.