LSU baseball's Gavin Dugas is questionable for Texas A&M games with bruised ribs
LSU starting left fielder Gavin Dugas of Houma injured his ribs in a collision with center fielder Drew Bianco in the fifth inning of the Tigers' 2-1 loss at Texas A&M Thursday and is questionable for the rest of the series.
Dugas was rushed to a hospital in College Station for X-rays by his parents, and no broken ribs were detected, LSU baseball sports information director Bill Franques said Friday.
"He has a chance of playing tonight," Franques said. "He has bruised ribs."
LSU (32-21, 11-17 SEC) plays the Aggies (29-25, 9-19) at 6:30 p.m. before the regular season finale at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Tigers need one win or one Auburn loss to qualify for the 12-team SEC Tournament that begins Tuesday in Hoover, Alabama. Auburn won, 15-6 at Missouri on Thursday and play at 6:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
Dugas, a junior from Houma Christian hitting .296, leads the Tigers in home runs with 14 and RBIs with 57.
With the Aggies leading 1-0 in the fifth with a runner on second, Dugas ran under a fly ball in left-center field near Bianco, who had just moved to center from second base when center fielder Giovanni Digiacomo pulled a hamstring in the third inning. Bianco dove and made a spectacular catch to save a run, but his foot clipped Dugas in the ribs.
Dugas rolled in pain in the outfield until a trainer and coach Paul Mainieri got out there. Dugas eventually walked off the field. Mainieri said later that Dugas' parents, Gabe and Glenna Dugas, took him to a hospital for tests. LSU got out of the inning with no runs scored and tied the game 1-1 in the sixth on a Dylan Crews home run.
But Texas A&M's Frizzell's 19th home run of the season off LSU reliever Javen Coleman in the eighth put the Aggies ahead 2-1. Coleman, who took the loss to fall to 2-1, relieved LSU ace Landon Marceaux, who left the game after four innings due to fatigue, Mainieri said. He allowed three hits and one run with three walks and a strikeout. Marceaux may be able to pitch Tuesday at the SEC Tournament if LSU gets there.
LSU had a chance to take the lead in the eighth when it loaded the bases with two outs, and Dugas would have been up. Instead, freshman Brody Drost, who had replaced him in the fifth, batted and struck out looking. He is hitting .219 on the season.
Digiacomo is also questionable for the rest of the weekend, Mainieri said. Also injured Thursday was backup sophomore outfielder Mitchell Sanford, who pulled his groin in pregame warmups.
"We didn't have many options," Mainieri said.