Marceaux dominant again, spurs LSU onward

Landon Marceaux of LSU.

Former Destrehan ace emerging as LSU closes in on trip to College World Series

Landon Marceaux learned to deal with extended failure for the first time, likely, in his life as a pitcher early in his freshman season at LSU.

Well, he’s dealt with it — and now, he’s just dealing.

The latest in a series of dominant efforts from Marceaux came Friday night as he earned the win in the Tigers’ decisive win over Stony Brook in LSU’s regional tournament opener.

Marceaux pitched five scoreless innings and struck out three while allowing seven hits in his first-ever regional start. In doing so, he helped avenge an old sore spot for the Tigers and their fans—LSU’s loss to Stony Brook that led to elimination from the 2012 NCAA Super Regional.

Now, he’s helped his team reach the Super Regional once again, after the Tigers emerged from the regional bracket unbeaten. LSU (40-24) will host Florida State (39-21) in a best of three Super Regional series, with the winner to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Game One is Saturday at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

The true freshman right-hander truly came into his own down the stretch of the regular season. He posted an ERA of 1.45 over his past three starts after a rocky first month that saw him combat shoulder soreness.

After a strong debut this season against Army, he allowed five and six earned runs, respectively, in each of his next two appearances, including a one inning outing against Texas. But he turned things around from there, allowing three earned runs or less in each of his final five games before the regional, including four outings with two or less runs allowed.

The regional victory moved him to 5-2 this season. He’s struck out 41 batters in 58 innings this season so far.

The highly touted recruit was drafted to the MLB out of high school, but chose to forgo the pros for the time being in favor of LSU. He was selected as the SEC Co-Freshman of the Week for a strong effort last month.

He concluded a stellar career at Destrehan with a senior season befitting of it. The right-hander was named District 7-5A Pitcher of the Year after a dominating senior campaign. He was so advanced and accomplished early in his DHS tenure that he earned an offer from LSU before his sophomore season. Marceaux committed to the Tigers in 2015 and at the time was rated one of the 40 top sophomore baseball players in America by PerfectGame.org and the best in Louisiana.

 

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