Jonathan Lucroy Wears LSU Shirt, Makes Good on Friendly Wager with Matt Clark

The 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament is well underway, but one of the Super Regionals match-ups hit close to the heart for Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Colorado Sky Sox infielder Matt Clark as their alma maters faced off in a best of three series.

Luc’s University Louisiana-Lafayette faced off against Matt’s Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. It was the first time ever that the two schools met in a super regional…. And it led to some fun Twitter banter which garnered some attention during Sunday’s game broadcast:

Clark Lucroy

On Saturday night June 6, LSU defeated Louisiana-Lafayette, 4-3 and Matt was pretty pumped.

And Sunday, June 7, as Lucroy was watching on the plane from Minnesota to Pittsburgh, LSU defeated his Ragin’ Cajuns, 6-3 to take the series and advance to their 17th College World Series in Omaha.

Luc Clark 2

Luc Clark 3

Matt sent Luc a shirt and, a man of his word, Luc donned the tee shirt, took a photo and posted it to Twitter for the world to see: 

“It’s especially great to see Luc in purple because of the rivalry between the two schools,” Matt said. “It’s been so heated that they actually stopped play each other for a number of years, so seeing Luc in purple is the icing on the cake.”

Luc attended the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for three seasons where he was a First Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection in 2007 and became one of the most successful players in Ragin’ Cajuns history. Over his career, he set the school record in doubles (54), runs batted in (184), and total bases (414) as well as recording the second most career hits (241) in just three seasons. Luc led the Ragin’ Cajuns to two NCAA Regional appearances (2005, 2007) in his freshman and junior seasons respectively.

Matt attended Riverside (CA) Community College before transferring to Louisiana State University, where he helped the Tigers to the 2008 College World Series (and tied for the 2008 NCAA lead in home runs with Gordon Beckham at 28).

“Seeing LSU go back to Omaha is always unbelievable, but that’s what they expect out of the program every single year. It’s Omaha or bust in Baton Rouge and if they don’t make it, the season is a failure,” Matt told me. “LSU games in Omaha feel like home games because of how many fans travel to watch them play from all over the country and it was awesome to be part of it in 2008. The tournament always brings back some great memories.”

-Cait

@CMoyer

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