LSU's Ryan Eades key to team's historic 30-2 start

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Baton Rouge, La. - One of the biggest reasons for the LSU baseball team's success has been the right arm of Slidell native Ryan Eades.

Coach Paul Mainieri raves about him "He's just got a great competitiveness about him, and he's just been phenomenal for us.  And I said before the season began, what Ryan Eades does is going to be one of the real pivotal factors in our season and this year, boy flying colors."

The Northshore High alumnus leads the Tigers with a perfect 7-0 record and a 1.30 ERA.  He sees a couple keys to his success "I've been aggressive in commanding the zone well, and I'm starting to develop my change-up.  My curve ball has been working for me this year, but without my defense, my stats, the statistics wouldn't be what they are, I mean I give them all the credit too, and the offense has been tremendous.  It's a lot easier pitching when you have a nice cushion of a lead."

At 30-2 overall, both the team and Eades have come a long way since suffering a surprising and heartbreaking loss to Stony Brook in the decisive game three of Super Regional play.  Senior Mason Katz has seen the difference in Eades "That last loss, I'm sure was pretty devastating to him as it was for all of us, and for him to work that hard and come out this season, and this is what he has the potential to do, he has the potential to be the best pitcher in the country. And he's coming out and he's got confidence, and it's like he knows he's that good. And when he pitches like that, it's fun, it's fun to play behind him."

As the career of Ryan Eades continues to progress in his Junior season, he's quick to point out it's not about the individual stats, his priorities are getting this team where it belongs at the end of the year, and that's Omaha "We've got to finish strong, and anything short of Omaha and bringing back a national championship back here would be a disappointment I think. Because that's our goal, and that's why we come to LSU is to play in Omaha and win a national championship."

Eades is expected to be back on the mound Saturday at Arkansas.  The top ranked Tigers will be back in action Tuesday night in the rescheduled Pontiff Classic against Southern at Zephyr Field in Metairie.

FOX 8's Chad Sabadie will be live during Tuesday's 4 and 5 p.m. newscasts previewing the game.