Mississippi State's Jason Nappi (Dans 07)sparkled at the plate in his Bulldog debut, collecting 7 hits in 10 at-bats (.700), leading the team with 5 runs scored and 3 extra-base hits. Nappi reached base in 10 of his 12 plate appearances.
LSU sophomore, Ryan Schimpf (Dans 07), finished opening day 4 for 4, reaching base in every plate appearance. "Ryan Schimpf is as improved a player as we have," said LSU Head Coach, Paul Mainieri. "He put the ball in play, and something good happened for him. I thought he was a real sparkplug for us tonight." LSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Schimpf scored on an RBI single by team mate Blake Dean.