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Norman, Okla.
High School
Norman North HS

2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2019 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Veteran infielder who started 109 games for LSU over three seasons … elected to transfer to Rice University at the end of the shortened 2020 season … started 63 games at shortstop in 2018 as a true freshman, stepping into the starting role after an early-season back injury suffered by Josh Smith … Hughes is the son of an outstanding college coach who has been around the game his whole life … son of Pete Hughes, who is the head baseball coach at Kansas State and has served as head coach at Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma … a member of the 2018 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and the 2019 and 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll as a sport administration major.

2020 Season
Played in 11 games with four starts at shortstop, batting .154 (2-for-13) with three RBI and one run scored … delivered a single and two RBI in LSU win over Indiana (Feb. 15).

2019 Season
Played in 53 games (42 starts), batting .174 (26-for-149) with two doubles, 11 RBI and 20 runs scored … started 25 games at third base, 16 games at second base and one game at shortstop … produced a career-best three hits while also scoring a run in a win at Arkansas (May 11) … drove in a career-high three runs with a pair of singles to lead the LSU offense in a win over Nicholls (March 20) … produced five hits and four RBI in LSU’s three-game sweep of Bryant (Feb. 22-24) … collected two doubles and scored three runs in win over Air Force (Feb. 17).

2018 Season
Played in 65 games, starting 63 games at shortstop… batted .221 (42-for-190) with eight doubles, one triple, one homer, 20 RBI, 25 runs and two stolen bases … 2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI in LSU’s NCAA Regional win over Northwestern State (June 3) … collected a career-high three hits with one RBI and one run scored on May 6 versus Arkansas … recorded a double and two RBI on March 11 versus Hawaii … blasted first career homer versus Grambling (Feb. 27), a solo shot … posted two hits and two RBI in back-to-back games versus New Orleans (Feb. 21) and Texas (Feb. 23)

Prior to LSU
Selected as first-team all-state Oklahoma by USA Today … named the starting shortstop in the 2017 Oklahoma All-State Game … voted 2017 Defensive Player of the Year in the state of Oklahoma … batted .360 last season with one homer, 17 RBI and 25 steals … posted a .995 fielding percentage, committing just one error on the year … four-year letterman at Norman North HS, where he became the winningest player in school history … helped lead Norman North HS to district titles in 2014 and 2017, and regional championships in 2016 and 2017 … a member of the National Honor Society.

Full name is Hal Kent Hughes … parents are Pete and Debby Hughes … Pete Hughes is the head baseball coach at Kansas State, and he formerly worked as head coach at Boston College, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma … Pete played college baseball and football and Davidson, and Debby played tennis at Davidson … Hal has four siblings, one older and three younger … on attending LSU – “I chose to come to LSU to play for the best program in coaches in college baseball.” … majoring in sport administration at LSU … born September 3, 1998, in Boston, Mass. 

Hughes’ LSU Career Highs 
At-Bats: 6 twice; most recently vs. Southern (2/27/19)
Hits: 3 vs. Arkansas (5/6/18); vs. Southern (3/6/18); at Arkansas (5/11/19)
Runs Scored: 3 vs. Air Force (2/17/19)
Doubles: 2 vs. Northwestern State (6/3/18); vs. Air Force (2/17/19)
Triples: 1 vs. Hawaii (3/10/18)
Home Runs: 1 vs. Grambling (2/27/18)
RBI: 3 vs. Nicholls (3/20/19)

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