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LSU pitcher Thatcher Hurd reveals he left Tigers' football upset over Alabama early

By Tyler Nettuno,


Thatcher Hurd, a Southern California native who began his career at UCLA, was one of the headliners in a nation-best transfer portal class last offseason for Tigers baseball coach Jay Johnson.

Hurd was arguably the biggest performer for LSU at this week’s SEC tournament in Hoover, Alabama, leading the team to a Game 1 win over South Carolina on Wednesday before the Tigers ultimately bowed out with a 2-2 record on Friday.

While that outing earned him quite a few points with LSU fans, he recently revealed an anecdote that might cost him some, as well, when asked about his favorite Tigers football game to attend in 2022.

“Bama,” Hurd said, per On3’s Griffin McVeigh. “Bama was sweet. We scrimmaged McNeese State the next day — can’t believe I’m saying this — I left early. So, I didn’t storm the field and missed all of the good stuff. But that was pretty sweet, that was a fun game.”

In Hurd’s defense, the Tigers did go on to win the two-game scrimmage by a combined score of 25-11. Still, it’s had to imagine he doesn’t harbor some regret about that decision.

LSU will look toward Hurd to deliver quality starts in the NCAA tournament, and there’s no doubting his commitment to the team. Still, it’s hard to imagine he’ll make the same mistake during the Tigers’ 2023 football season.

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