From the diamond to the diploma
BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) — Four current and three former LSU baseball players were handed their diplomas Friday inside the stadium they’ve given so much to over the past few years.
“As good of players as they are their baseball careers will come to an end in a relatively short time. But, their degrees will last forever,” LSU head coach Paul Mainieri said.
Completing college is hard enough as it is. Baseball players play at least 56 games a year. Many of those games are on the road, away from the university they study at. If you add on the many hours of practice and the social live they squeeze in; a degree becomes that much harder to earn.
To help balance the schedule of books and baseball the Tigers credit the help they receive from the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes and Rebecca Hubbard.
“She won't let us fail. She is the reason that I am standing in this now. She pushed me to graduate in four years. She made me want to do well in school and that means a lot to me,” senior Mason Katz said of Hubbard.
While the Tigers are still eyeing their National Championship, Hubbard has already won hers.
“Academically this is the Omaha that we want. In a few weeks they will be in Omaha and we will be there cheering them all the way. But, today is such a huge accomplishment and it would be awful if we didn't honor them for the great work that they have done for the last four years,” Hubbard said following the graduation ceremony.
In all, 64 student-athletes from LSU graduated on Friday.