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Six Members of LSU Baseball Team Receive Diplomas Saturday

(l to r): Coach Paul Mainieri,  Spencer Lightfoot, Zac Person, Chris Sciambra, Kade Scivicque, Tanner Watson, strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Phillips, academic advisor Kirstin DeFusco. (l to r): Coach Paul Mainieri, Spencer Lightfoot, Zac Person, Chris Sciambra, Kade Scivicque, Tanner Watson, strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Phillips, academic advisor Kirstin DeFusco.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – Six members of the LSU baseball squad received their diplomas Saturday in a graduation celebration held at the team's hotel in Columbia.

Since the Tigers are completing the 2015 regular season on the road at South Carolina and could not attend the commencement ceremony on the LSU campus, Saturday's event was held to honor the graduates.

Team members receiving their degrees in Columbia were pitcher Zac Person (kinesiology), outfielder Chris Sciambra (construction management), catcher Kade Scivicque (management), equipment manager Spencer Lightfoot (sports administration), equipment manager Tanner Watson (sports administration) and strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Phillips (masters' in business administration).

Two players – pitcher Kyle Bouman (sports administration) and pitcher Brady Domangue (business administration) – received their degrees on Friday in graduation ceremonies on the LSU campus.

“It is a tremendous accomplishment to earn a degree while making all of the sacrifices necessary to be a part of our baseball program,” Mainieri said. “As coaches, we are very demanding and we expect a lot from our players, and these young men have all excelled as vital members of our team. We are extremely proud of them, and we're pleased to offer sincere congratulations to them and their families.

“At some point, their baseball careers will end, and they will go on to impact the lives of others in their chosen fields and continue to be outstanding representatives of LSU.”

The ceremony included opening remarks by the team's academic advisor, Kirstin DeFusco.

“Kirstin joined us just a few months ago after a nationwide search, and she is a tremendous asset to our program,” Mainieri said. “She is committed to academic excellence, which is a cornerstone LSU Baseball.”

The ceremony concluded with a speech delivered by Sciambra, who expressed gratitude for the support the players received in earning their degrees and spoke of the effect the LSU baseball program will have upon their future endeavors.

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