Wearing the No. 8 as a member of the LSU baseball team is an honor, given only to a player that has shown absolute leadership and dedication to the program.
In 2018, that player will be Antoine Duplantis.
“Antoine Duplantis embodies all of the characteristics that we value in our program,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri told LSUSports.net. “He’s an outstanding ballplayer, an excellent student, and a young man who cares deeply about LSU and the impact our program can make upon the lives of others. It’s an honor he has worked very hard to earn, and we’re thrilled that our 2018 team has Antoine in a significant position of leadership.”
Duplantis, who has hit for a .321 average over his first two seasons at LSU, will follow memorable LSU players such as Mikie Mahtook, Mason Katz, Alex Bregman, Jake Fraley, and Cole Freeman in sporting the No. 8 on the diamond for the Tigers. Mahtook started the tradition in 2009 and wore the number for three years.
“It will be an absolute honor to continue the tradition of the No. 8 jersey,” Duplantis said. “The previous players that have worn this number epitomize what it means to be an LSU baseball player. I will do everything I can to represent the number and the university in the same way that they have.”