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LSU gains high-profile baseball transfers Tommy White, Christian Little

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LSU head coach Jay Johnson is juggling significant roster turnover while also needing to replace his top two assistants.
However, program made changes for the better Friday afternoon.

D1baseball.com reports the Tigers gained commitments from a pair of high-profile transfers, North Carolina State slugger Tommy White and Vanderbilt pitcher Christian Little. 

Nicknamed Tommy “Tanks” for his power at the plate, the 6-foot-4, 242-pound White posted a .362 average with 27 home runs and 74 RBI this past season to set a new NCAA freshman home run record. The St. Pete Beach, Fla. native was named ACC Freshman of the Year.

Little, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, went 4-4 record with a 4.65 ERA in two seasons with the Commodores. The soon-to-be 19 year old has already struck out 95 batters in 81.1 college innings.

The pair join Dylan Tebrake, two-time Big East Pitcher of the Year, and Jack Pineda, former Baylor starting shortstop, as significant portal acquisitions for LSU so far this offseason.


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10 hours ago, Fishhead said:

"A couple transfers"... understatement of the year thus far lol. 

Jay Johnson is wrecking it right now!  I heard a podcast today, national, and they said it's like he's assembling a Yankees team lol. 


Picking up guys, not having a full staff. He is killing it. Welcome this one! 


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Jay Johnson has officially announced 5 transfers joining the LSU baseball team. Paul Skenes: Air Force - RHP/Utility Thatcher Hurd: UCLA - RHP Christian Little: Vanderbilt - RHP Carter Young: Vanderbilt - SS Tommy White: North Carolina State - 3B A massive portal run for #LSU.

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VCU infielder Ben Nippolt has transferred toLSU baseball, he announced on Twitter on Thursday.

Nippolt posted a .308 batting average and hit two home runs as a redshirt sophomore this season. He played 34 games at third base, and also put in crucial time at second base and shortstop.

At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, Nippolt played two seasons at Des Moines Community College before transferring to VCU.

"Super excited to announce the next chapter of my journey. Let’s Geaux!" Nippolt wrote.

Nippolt helps fill a hole on LSU's infield after transfers Carter Young and Jack Pineda decided to forego Baton Rouge for MLB. Young was signed by the Baltimore Orioles after being selected in the 17th round, while Pineda was signed and picked by the Kansas City Royals in the 12th.


Prior to Nippolt's decision to transfer, incoming freshman Gavin Guidry was the projected starting second baseman with returning starter Jordan Thompson and NC State transfer Tommy "TanksWhite at shortstop and third base, respectively.


Besides Guidry, White and Thompson, the Tigers also have infielder Jack Merrifield who has experience playing second base, shortstop and third base.

Koki Riley covers LSU sports for The Daily Advertiser and the USA TODAY Sports South Region. Email him at kriley@theadvertiser.com and follow him on Twitter at @KokiRiley.

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