OMAHA—LSU coach Paul Mainieri made a slight lineup tweak today, putting first baseman Sean Ochinko in the cleanup spot (after benching him for Leon Landry yesterday) and moving right fielder Jared Mitchell into the No. 5 hole. The move paid immediate dividends; after Blake Dean was hit by a pitch with two outs, Ochinko singled to left, and Mitchell blasted a three-run homer down the right-field line on what looked like a 2-and-2 changeup up and in.
As Mitchell jogged to his position between innings, the LSU fans lining the bleachers on both sides bowed to him in a "we’re not worthy" kind of way, and Mitchell acknowledged them all with a doff of his hat. He hammed it up a bit, but it was clear he’s having a good time. He’s a fun player to watch—definitely the most glaring oversight from the All-Fitt team.
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