LSU Gold
Position
Infield
Height
5'10
Weight
190
Class
Junior
Hometown
West Monroe, La.
High School
West Monroe HS
B/T
L-R
Experience
2L

2023 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional All-Tournament Team
2023 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2022 NCAA Hattiesburg Regional All-Tournament Team
SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (April 11, 2022)

Extremely talented performer who played a vital role in LSU’s drive to the 2023 national title as the Tigers’ starting leftfielder in the postseason … has played in 106 games in his first two seasons at LSU with 71 career starts … played for the Brewster Whitecaps in the Cap Cod League in the summer of 2023 and collected four doubles, three homers and 13 RBI in 19 games.

2023 Season
• Played in 55 games (36 starts), batting .226 (31-for-137) with four doubles, three triples, four homers, 27 RBI and 30 runs … made 22 starts in left field and 14 starts in right field
• Emerged as LSU’s full-time starter in left field for all 13 games of the NCAA Tournament, collecting two triples, three homers, eight RBI and 11 hits while playing exceptional defense in helping to fuel the Tigers’ drive to the National Championship
• Blasted a two-run homer vs. Florida in Game 3 of the College World Series Finals (June 26)
• Launched a solo homer and scored two runs in NCAA Super Regional vs. Kentucky
• Voted to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional All-Tournament Team after batting .364 (4-for-11) in three games with two triples, one homer, five RBI and three runs
• Blasted game-winning two-run home run in the top of the 12th inning at Georgia (May 18) – the homer broke a 5-5 tie and LSU went on to an 8-5 win
• Batted .429 (3-for-7) in the Georgia series (May 18-20) with one homer, five RBI and one run scored
• 4-for-12 in Texas A&M series (March 17-19) with one double, five RBI and two runs
• A member of the 2023 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a Sport Administration major

2022 Season
Made a significant impact in the Tigers’ lineup as a true freshman, playing in 51 games (35 starts) … batted .299 (44-for-147) with nine doubles, eight homers, 35 RBI and 34 runs scored … started 27 games in right field and eight game in left field … led LSU with a .459 batting average (17-for-37) with runners in scoring position … finished No. 9 in the SEC in hit-by-pitch (14) … voted to the NCAA Hattiesburg Regional All-Tournament Team after hitting .333 (6-for-18) with one double, four RBI and five runs scored … drove in the winning run with a fielder’s choice grounder in the bottom of the 10th inning of LSU’s NCAA Hattiesburg Regional victory over Southern Miss (June 4) … 5-for-5 with one homer, one double, three RBI and three runs in SEC Tournament win over Kentucky (May 26); Pearson became the first player in LSU history to collect five hits in an SEC Tournament game … hit .385 (5-for-13) in LSU’s series victory at Alabama (May 6-8) with a double and two runs scored … launched two homers and collected five RBI in win over Nicholls (May 3), marking his second two-homer game of the year … named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on April 11 as he led LSU to a series sweep at Mississippi State (April 8-10), batting .455 (5-for-11) in three games with two homers, six RBI and two runs scored … Pearson hit two homers and collected five RBI in LSU’s Game 3 victory at Mississippi State that clinched the Tigers’ first road sweep since May 2017.

Prior to LSU
Earned 2021 First-Team All-State and First-Team All-Parish honors at West Monroe High, batting .430 in his senior season … also his .420 with eight home runs as a high school freshman … played running back for the West Monroe High football team … member of the USA Baseball 2019 17U National Team Development Program … named the MVP of the 2021 Florida Collegiate League as a member of the Sanford (Fla.) River Rats …batted .333 in 28 games for Sanford with 31 hits, 30 runs, 10 doubles, four homers and 23 stolen bases … he was the league leader in steals, doubles and extra-base hits … also won the 2021 Florida Collegiate League Home Run Derby.

Personal
Full name is Joshua Hunter Pearson … parents are Bill and Anna Pearson … Dad is a retired firefighter and baseball coach … Josh is the fourth of five children in the Pearson family … older brother, Jacob, was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the third round of the 2017 MLB Draft … born September 24, 2002, in Monroe, La.

Pearson’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 6 twice; most recently at Southern Miss (6/4/22 – NCAA Regional)
Hits: 5 vs. Kentucky (5/26/22 – SEC Tournament)
Runs Scored: 4 vs. Northwestern State (5/17/22)
Doubles: 1, 13 times; most recently vs. Alabama (4/30/23)
Triples: 1, three times; most recently vs. Oregon State (6/5/23 – NCAA Regional)
Home Runs: 2 vs. Nicholls (5/3/22); at Mississippi State (4/10/22)
RBI: 5 vs. Nicholls (5/3/22); at Mississippi State (4/10/22)

 

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