LSU outfielder Giovanni DiGiacomo has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
DiGiacomo announced his decision Thursday on Twitter, writing “Thank You Tiger Nation for everything. 7 out”
“(T)he past four years have been some of the best memories of my life and I am forever grateful for the time I’ve spent here in Baton Rouge,” DiGiacomo also wrote. “To all my coaches, staff, teammates, grounds crew, and all the amazing fans here thank you for all you have done for me throughout these four years.
“I’m so thankful for all the opportunities I have been given by the coaching staff to allow me to play this amazing game. I will cherish all the memories as well as all the wonderful relationships I’ve been fortunate enough to have here at LSU. With that being said I have decided to enter the transfer portal to explore other options. Baton Rouge has become a second home to me and it’s a bittersweet goodbye, but I do not regret a single thing.”
In a related item, freshman infielder Brennan Holt announced on his Twitter page that he was transferring to Oklahoma State. The former Parkview Baptist standout appeared in five games for the Tigers with no starts, four plate appearances and two strikeouts.
Holt was a former top five player in high school and batted .469 with a homer, nine doubles, eight triples 27 RBIs and 49 stolen bases his final season.
DiGiacomo – a product of Canterbury School in Fort Myers, Florida – hit .273 while starting 33 of 53 games as a freshman in 2019.
He was LSU’s leading batter after playing in 13 games and starting 12 in centerfield while hitting .351 (13-for-37) with two doubles, one triple, four RBI, nine runs scored and five stolen bases in 2020, when the Tigers’ schedule was limited by COVID-19 to 19 games.
In 2021, DiGiacomo missed 23 of LSU’s first 25 games due to a hamstring injury. But he wound up playing in 31 games, including 29 starts in centerfield, and hit .293.
Under first-year LSU coach Jay Johnson, however, DiGiacomo started just 18 of the 36 games he played and batted a career-low .206.
A 29th round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates coming out of high school in 2018, DiGiacomo was a career .275 hitter at LSU who finished with 12 career doubles, six home runs, 48 RBI and 68 runs over 133 games.
He becomes the first of Johnson’s Tigers to enter the portal since LSU’s 40-22 2022 season ended with a n 8-7 Hattiesburg Regional championship-game loss to host Southern Miss.