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“It’ll be weird” - Will Davis returns to LSU for 1st time as Lamar head coach

Tigers vs Cardinals at 6:30pm at Alex Box Stadium

April 18, 2017 - 9:33 am
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By James Moran, Tiger Rag Associate Editor...

Will Davis has attended far too many games at Alex Box Stadium to keep an accurate count.

First he was a fan growing up in Baton Rouge. Davis then attended LSU and spent four years as a reserve catcher for the Tigers. Upon graduation he spent one season as the program’s coordinator of baseball ops before joining Paul Mainieri’s staff as the volunteer assistant, a post he held for seven seasons.

But there’s one role he never played in any of those hundreds of games at the new or old Alex Box: visitor.

That’ll change Tuesday night as Davis, now the 32-year-old, first-year head coach at Lamar, leads his team into Baton Rouge to take on his alma mater. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., and Davis expects a host of family and friends to be in attendance for his first return trip to his old stomping grounds.

“I think it’ll be weird,” Davis told Tiger Rag in an exclusive interview. “Obviously I’ve never coached a game in Alex Box Stadium against LSU. It’ll be different, but once they say play ball, it’s just a baseball game.”

Davis has coached against his old mentor as an assistant. Last year, when Davis was still the coach-in-waiting and an assistant under the legendary Jim Gilligan, who retired at the end of last season, the Tigers traveled to Beaumont for the first midweek game of the season.

It was a memorable one, to say the least. The Cardinals stormed back from an early 8-0 deficit to stun LSU 12-11.

“That was probably even weirder because I’d been on that team in the fall,” Davis said. “I haven’t actually been a part of this team, though I helped recruit a lot of those kids and coached a lot of those kids.”

LSU comes into the game at 25-12 off consecutive Southeastern Conference series victories against Arkansas and Ole Miss. Lamar enters the game playing arguably its best baseball of the year, coming in at 22-15 on the strength of a five-game winning streak.

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