Baseball Tigers Receive Degrees

by Bill Franques
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Baseball Tigers Receive Degrees

BATON ROUGE, La. – Twelve members of the LSU baseball squad received their diplomas Friday in a graduation celebration held in the Champion’s Club room of Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Since the Tigers are playing Auburn Friday night and could not attend the afternoon and evening commencement ceremonies on the LSU campus, the event was held at the stadium to honor the graduates.

Team members receiving their degrees were outfielder Bryce Adams (sport administration), pitcher Alden Cartwright (business administration), second baseman Cole Freeman (interdisciplinary studies), pitcher Hunter Newman (sport administration), pitcher Jared Poche’ (kinesiology), pitcher Russell Reynolds (sport administration), pitcher Collin Strall (sport administration), undergraduate assistant coach and former first baseman Sean Ochinko (interdisciplinary studies), former pitcher John Valek (business administration), equipment manager Brian Khoury (sport administration), equipment manager Jimmy Jordan (sport administration) and trainer Joshua Paul (athletic training).

“When these players were recruited to LSU, I told them that they would be expected to work extremely hard in order to earn their degrees,” said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. “All of these young men have absolutely earned their college degrees, and we’re very proud of the effort that they’ve put in to achieve their goals.

“It is such a demanding task to not only be a student, but a competitive collegiate athlete at the same time. These young men deserve a huge amount of recognition for their accomplishments.”

The ceremony opened with remarks by the team’s academic advisor, Kirstin DeFusco, who is in her third season with the Tigers, and it concluded with a speech delivered by Ochinko, who expressed gratitude for the support the players received in earning their degrees and spoke of the effect a college degree will have upon their future endeavors.