Former LSU Infielder Hal Hughes Transfers to Rice
The Norman, Oklahoma native Hal Hughes has announced that he'll be transferring from Louisiana State University after two and a quarter years with the Tigers. He entered the transfer portal earlier this off-season after the 2020 college baseball season was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The junior will be taking his slick fielding talents to the Rice Owls, a once extremely successful program who has been on the downswing of late.
Hughes announced the news via his Twitter account:
In his LSU career, he hit just under the Mendoza line at .199 during 129 games played he scored 46 runs, had 70 hits, 10 doubles, a triple, a home run, and a .287 on-base percentage.
In addition, fielding wise he had a .955 fielding percentage while earning SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2018 and SEC Academic Honor Roll once again in 2019.
He's a Sports Administration major who seems to excel in the classroom. (These stats and information according to LSUsports.net)
As for the Rice Owls, as I mentioned they've struggled as of late and were off to a terrible start to begin the pandemic shortened 2020 season going 2-14. That rough start included an 11-2 home loss to the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns as well.
During the previous season in 2019, the team also finished below .500 at 26-33 overall as well as 14-16 in Conference USA play. The team pulled off two wins in the C-USA Tournament but ultimately bowed out with a second loss to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Hughes should find some consistent opportunities with Rice and we wish him nothing but the best.