Florida State Head Coach Mike Martin Says Fontenot Pitched Like A “Warrior”

Although LSU was lost in the Super Regionals to a very good Florida State team, there was one story that the LSU faithful could hang their hats on. After Sunday’s loss, in his post game press conference, Florida State’s Hall of Fame head coach Mike Martin had some words of encouragement for the LSU fans.

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Coach Martin, who is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA Division I college baseball history with 2,028 wins and 17 College World Series appearances had this to say about LSU reliever, Devin Fontenot,

“I know you probably won’t use it, but Fontenot, what a warrior. . . this Fontenot kid is a sophomore, I had the pleasure of talking to him and he’s gonna work hard this summer, come out and try to be better next year. He’s got a great attitude about life, and I just want to pass that along.” Coach Martin added that he’d, “take two of them every single year.”

That’s just great to hear from a legendary head coach that a young player, like Fontenot, is someone that he wanted people know played his heart out, and is someone he’d take two of them every single year. I think that is just a lot of class from a coach that just won his 17th Super Regional. He didn’t even have to mention it or say a thing, but Fontenot’s performance was so strong that he needed to say it, even if no one was listening. Coach Martin even met with Fontenot after the game to tell him in person how impressed he was with his performance that night.

That is hopefully something that Devin Fontenot will take with him for the rest of his baseball career. Fontenot entered into the game in the sixth inning, and only allowed one run and two hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out a career-high 11 batters out of 22 faced, and threw a career-high 97 pitches, which was previously 46 pitches.

What I think Fontenot told us with his performance on Sunday was that he can be a starter. He certainly proved himself to not just me, but also Coach Martin.

 

-Parmesan Don

@soft7parm

Soft 16: LSU Tigers

LSU v Arkansas

In Will Wade’s second year as head coach of the Tigers, they look to progress from last season’s 18-15 record and losing in the second round of the NIT. So why might LSU be ranked in the top-25 after an just above .500 showing last year? Well they are returning the best point guard in the country, Tremont Waters, and bringing in the 4th ranked recruiting class. Waters, a sophomore, started 32 games last season and averages: 15.9 PPG, 6.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.0 steals. The last SEC freshman to average those kinds of numbers was John Wall for Kentucky back in 2009-10.

So, not only do the Tigers have an absolute baller at the point, they have a stellar recruitment class boosted by five-star big men Emmitt Williams and Naz Reid. The two kids are huge too. Naz Reid is 6’10” 250 and Emmitt Williams is 6’6″ 225. These highly touted players will help set a strong presence down low, something the Tigers really haven’t had since Big Baby was down there throwin’ bodies around.

LSU will look to take advantage of the SEC and their lack of ranked opponents in hopes of significantly improving their record from last year.

Here are some of the games to watch for:

12/12 – Houston – Away

12/15 – St. Mary’s – Neutral

1/23 – Georgia – Home

2/5 – Mississippi St. (18) – Away

2/9 – Auburn (11) – Home

2/12 – Kentucky (2) – Away

2/20 – Florida – Home

2/23 – Tennessee (6) – Home

The outlook for this LSU team is very similar to the outlook that we have seen from the SEC in the past few years. There has been a shake-up in college basketball with the emergence of a lot of SEC teams, and LSU is a part of that shake-up. I think that they have a shot to be one of the better teams in the SEC and challenge Kentucky for the SEC Championship title.

This season is going to be played with heavy hearts and a lot of fight and determination. The team has dedicated the season to former teammate, Wayde Sims, who was shot and killed during this off season. The Tigers plan to dedicate this season by winning. Their one goal is to win games for him, and that is something powerful. LSU will certainly be a force this year and that is why I predict that their record will be 24-5 and finish 3rd in the SEC behind Tennessee and Kentucky. I also predict that the Tigers will be runners-up in the SEC Championship game to Kentucky, and go on to have a decent run in the NCAA tournament making it all the way to the Sweet 16 and being bounced there.