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Sophomore closer Todd Peterson is a total dude, and he proved it Thursday.

Meet Todd Peterson, LSU baseball’s freewheeling, free-swinging new folk hero

Nick Suss

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Todd Peterson: the ultimate dude

The LSU baseball team found a way to stay alive in the SEC Tournament on Thursday, defeating No. 24 South Carolina 6-4 in 12 innings. The star of the show? That was obviously sophomore right-hander Todd Peterson, who not only earned the win by allowing 2 runs in 5 innings on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts, but also mashed a double off the left-field wall in the top of the 12th inning to score 2 runs, the 2 runs that ended up being decisive in the final score.

Here’s the best part: Peterson apparently convinced LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri to let him hit by lying to him.

That’s right. Peterson claimed he “hit nukes” in high school to Mainieri, but in reality he was talking about batting practice. His coaches wouldn’t let him hit in live games in high school. So this would’ve been his first at-bat since the eighth grade. And he did in fact hit a nuke.

It’s no secret that LSU baseball history is riddled with big personalities. Heck, just last season Zack Hess personified that team’s attitude by being the angry, fiery, man-on-a-mission closer the squad needed. Turn the page to 2018 and Peterson is the team’s mascot in a completely different way. He’s loose. He’s casually confident. And he’s just a dude.

On a team full of dudes, from Austin Bain to Zach Watson to Daniel Cabrera to the starter version of Hess, Peterson might be the bro-iest dude there is. A guy who admitted to gaining weight uncontrollably when he moved to Louisiana because the food was too good. A guy who accepted his role as a reliever when he finally realized how good he could be at it. And a guy who told SEC Country how good of a hitter he can be back during the first week of winter practice this year.

Yep. Todd Peterson is a dude. This might not be the LSU baseball team of destiny, but it’s the one with the most dudes. And that might be better.

Scheduling note

What’s going on with LSU athletics on Friday? I’m glad you asked:

  • Baseball returns to action at approximately 6:30 p.m. CT against the loser of Florida versus Arkansas, a game that will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT on Friday.
  • LSU softball competes in Super Regional play against No. 8 Florida State at 6 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

A note to the readers

Let’s speak from the heart for a minute, shall we?

As some of you may have heard on Wednesday, SEC Country will be shutting down operation, effective June 30. It stinks. But I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging about what that means for the site going forward. So, to end this week’s run of Bayou Bengal Briefings, here is a promise from me to you:

As long as SEC Country is still paying me to create content and cover LSU, I’m going to. My fellow LSU beat reporter Alex Hickey and I have a handful of long-term stories that we want to finish out before our time here runs out, so keep an eye out for the big stuff. We’re also going to continue doing weekly Facebook Live chats to talk to the fans. None of that will change.

What will change is the depth of information you’ll find in the Bayou Bengal Briefing and on the site as a whole. We’re going to be scaling back our coverage in general, since we’re going to have to devote a good bit of time to searching for new jobs as well as holding onto the ones we’ll have for another five weeks. Still, expect the Bayou Bengal Briefing five mornings a week, albeit in a truncated form.

Writing this morning column has been one of the more tedious parts of my life for the last two years, but it’s also been one of the most rewarding. I’m going to keep these alive, and probably will end up writing them a little bit more the way I’ve always wanted to. It’s going to be zany. It’s going to be fun. And it’ll give you the daily dose of LSU content you want every weekday.

Until June 30, I’ll be here. Please join me, won’t you?

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