Bain makes All-Louisiana College Baseball first team
Dutchtown alum Austin Bain saw his baseball career end this summer, but not until one more honor came his way.
After closing out his time in Baton Rouge with an improbable senior season that captivated LSU fans and made his home parish eternally proud, Bain was named a first-team selection on the All-Louisiana College Baseball Team.
This all-star squad was put together by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Before the baseball team was released, the LSWA put out their All-Louisiana Collegiate Softball Team. That squad also had Ascension ties, as both former St. Amant Lady Gators Kara Gremillion (UL-Lafayette) and Maddie Edmonston (Southeastern) were selected.
In a year that saw some amazing play in the SEC, Bain fell just short of making the all-conference team, but he heard his name called when discussing the best college baseball players in the state.
Bain made the fist team as a utility player. He was used many different ways by head coach Paul Mainieri this past season.
Bain began his career at LSU strictly as a pitcher. He burst onto the scene during his freshman year as he made six starts, collected 56 strikeouts and maintained a 3.95 ERA.
However, battling through some injuries, he never could duplicate the production of that freshman campaign during his sophomore and junior seasons.
As a senior, he was looking to establish a prominent role on a thin Tiger pitching staff, but he ended up leaving his mark where no one expected.
With LSU ravaged by injuries and struggling to mount consistent offense, Mainieri looked to Bain to pick up a bat and give them a spark. He did just that.
Bain started multiple positions in the infield throughout the year, but it was at first base where he spent the most time.
He ended up becoming one of LSU’s best hitters. His batting average of .311 was the third-best on the team. He added 42 RBIs and three home runs.
Bain also led the SEC in doubles.
Still, he gave the Tigers a capable arm when needed. Bain made 18 mound appearances, throwing more than 21 innings with a 4.15 ERA and 24 strikeouts.
Coach Mainieri said Bain’s 2018 performance was “one of the highlights of my coaching career.”
After LSU was eliminated by eventual national champion Oregon State in the regional, Bain decided to pass on the Major League Baseball Draft. He wanted his final baseball experience to be the one he just had as a senior at LSU.
There were two other Tigers that made the All-Louisiana first team. They were junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis and freshman designated hitter Daniel Cabrera. Cabrera was also named the team’s Freshman of the Year.
Here is the LSWA’s All-Louisiana College Baseball first team:
P - Logan Bailey (Louisiana Tech), P - Carlisle Koestler (Southeastern), P - Jerry Maddox (Northwestern State), P - Colten Schmidt (UL-Lafayette), C - Beau Bratton (UNO), 1B - David Frey (Northwestern State), 2B - Joe Provenzano (McNeese), 3B - Owen Magee (UNO), SS - Marshawn Taylor (Grambling), OF - Drew Avans (Southeastern), OF - Antoine Duplantis (LSU), OF - Grant Witherspoon (Tulane), UT - Austin Bain (LSU), DH - Daniel Cabrera (LSU)