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LSU Baseball receives commitment from pitcher Luke Hayden from Indiana State

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball staff continue their success in the NCAA Transfer Portal after adding their fourth pitcher this offseason: Indiana State’s Luke Hayden.

Hayden, a right-handed pitcher who starred for the Sycamores in 2024, has a chance to be a crucial relief pitcher for the Tigers next season for Baton Rouge.

During the 2024 season, Hayden recorded 91 strikeouts in 78 innings with a 3.81 ERA. The Indiana State stud adds to the Tigers’ impressive Transfer Portal haul, becoming the fifth addition in the last seven days.

Johnson and Co. have now brought in Indiana State’s two best players from a season ago in both Hayden and slugger Luis Hernandez.

Hernandez revealed his commitment to LSU earlier this week, with the Tigers adding the electric power-hitter.

Hayden is the fifth transfer to announce his commitment to LSU.

A dive into the five Transfer Portal obligations:

Chandler Dorsey: South Florida

On Monday, LSU secured its first portal commitment after South Florida relief pitcher Chandler Dorsey announced he would be taking his talents to Baton Rouge.

The right-handed relief pitcher announced on social media:

“Blessed to announce my commitment to LSU to further my academic and baseball career,” Dorsey said via Instagram. “I want to thank God, my family and coaches who have helped me through this journey! Geaux tigers!”

Dorsey announced his intention to leave South Florida after two years with the program.

During the 2024 season, the prized right-hander went 2-1 with eight saves and a 3.60 ERA (12 ER/30.0 IP) with a 1.20 WHIP. He also recorded 41 strikeouts on the season during his second year with the Bulls.

Now he’s tied to Baton Rouge as LSU’s first commitment of the offseason after seeing nine departures in the last eight days.

Luis Hernandez: State of Indiana

Hernandez revealed his commitment to Johnson and Co. on Tuesday, with LSU adding a key piece to its lineup for the 2025 season.

After three years with the Sycamores, Hernandez entered the portal with the opportunity to find a change of scenery.

Now he’s Baton Rouge, teaming up with Johnson to find a talented power hitter to replace the likes of Tommy White and others.

The utility slugger finished his career at Indiana State hitting .315 during his three years with the program. In 578 career at-bats, Hernandez had 182 hits, 118 runs, 32 home runs, 120 RBIs and walked 48.

In 2024, he put together his most impressive year yet. Hernandez scored 23 home runs with a .359 batting average and 76 runs batted in.

He has a chance to be a key part of what the Tigers do in 2025. Hernandez, a player who has played infield, served as a catcher and as a designated hitter, is a good player for LSU next season.

Zac Cowan: Wofford

The All-SoCon right-handed pitcher went 10-2 with 124 strikeouts and 29 walks in 110 innings at Wofford this spring. Cowan also boasts a 3.35 ERA after dismantling opponents during the 2024 season with the Terriers.

It’s another big addition to the pitching rotation for Johnson and Co. as he continues to go through Transfer Portal evaluations.

Now he is bringing in a top prospect who has proven he can compete at the highest level.

One of the most sought-after transfers in the portal, Cowan now heads to Baton Rouge with the chance to earn a starting spot alongside a number of prominent teams.

Cowan is LSU’s third signing this season, joining right-handed pitcher Chandler Dorsey from South Florida and Luis Hernandez from Indiana State.

Deven Sheerin: Mount St. Mary’s Pitcher

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball staff remained hot in the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday night after adding a commitment from Mount St. Mary’s Deven Sheerin.

The electric right-handed pitcher is coming off a dominant first season in college baseball after dismantling opponents in his freshman year.

Sheerin posted a 4.76 ERA in 2024 with 109 strikeouts, 32 walks, 10 HBP and 37 earned runs in 70 innings pitched. The numbers speak for themselves, but Sheerin’s arsenal has proven his lethality.

As a freshman, his fastball has been clocked at 90 mph, while he routinely hovers in the 90 mph range.

The addition is once again impressive for Johnson and the Tigers, but the key factor here is that Sheerin won’t be eligible for the MLB Draft until 2026, meaning he’ll be in Baton Rouge for at least two seasons.

It’s a dynamic stretch for the Tigers, and with Sheerin in the mix, LSU has now secured a trio of immediate-impact pitchers for the 2025 season.

Other LSU news:

LSU Baseball: Tigers secure commitment from Wofford Ace Zac Cowan

BREAKING: LSU gets commitment from Indiana State slugger Luis Hernandez

LSU Baseball: Jay Johnson reacts to Paul Mainieri being hired by South Carolina

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