Austin Nola and Tyler Hanover Provide Senior Leadership for LSU Baseball

The LSU baseball team has seen numerous lineup changes the past four years, but one of the constants in all those lineups were seniors Austin Nola at shortstop and Tyler Hanover at third base. Hanover says he and Nola use their seniority to help teach younger players.

“With our leadership and our four years of experience, we can try and help out some of these younger guys, especially in big game situations,” Hanover said.

The duo have been regulars in the lineup since the middle of their freshmen year, and Nola says that communication between the two is second nature.

“We know where we’re playing at all times,” Nola said. “We’re always communicating we never have a problem not communicating.”

Both players were drafted in the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, but decided to stay at LSU. They both know that their time at LSU will soon end, but LSU and Alex Box Stadium will always be special to them.

“It’s something I’ll cherish forever, and all the experiences I’ve had have been unbelievable, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything,” Hanover said.

“It’s gonna be a sad day when we have to leave because we’ve done it for four years here at Alex Box Stadium, and it’s been a fun ride,” Nola said.

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Neal Skupski’s Senior Season

Senior captain Neal Skupski has helped lead the Tigers to the number twenty-one ranking. Head Coach Jeff Brown knew Skupski was a special player from the beginning.

“He’s been able to play at a really high level since the beginning,” Brown said. He was thrown in the singles mix in the beginning and he was also in the top of the doubles right away.

Skupski never fully focused on tennis before coming to Baton Rouge, playing soccer and golf before coming to LSU. Brown had to mold him to become a complete tennis player.

“Coming into college I didn’t really have a tennis brain,” Skupski said. “I didn’t know how to play a match because when I was younger I didn’t really play many tournaments.” Skupski also added that Brown and assistant coach Danny Bryan have taught him how to keep his focus during a match.

Skupski and the team will face Northwestern May 12 in Durham, N.C., for the first round of the NCAA tournament. Skupski plans to turn pro in January.