Ursin signs with SU

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 18, 2000

MICHAEL KIRAL / L’Observateur / April 18, 2000

LUTCHER – Lutcher’s Damian Ursin has caught a number of runners with his throwing arm over his three years with the Bulldogs. He has also caughtthe eyes of college recruiters.

Ursin became the latest Lutcher player to sign a baseball scholarship, signing with Southern University Thursday morning.

The senior chose the Jaguars over a number of other schools, including Southeastern and Nicholls State. He said one reason why he chose Southernwas that the Jaguars were also looking at him at catcher as well as a pitcher.

“They treated me well every time I talked to them,” Ursin said. “The otherschools were looking at me at just pitcher. If I have to make a choice, Iwould like to stay at catcher. They (Southern) are traditionally a goodteam. It’s like Lutcher. They treat you good and they have a winningtradition.”Ursin is currently 7-0 for the Bulldogs and was batting .315 going intoSaturday’s game. Last season, he was named to the all-District 9-3A teamafter helping the Bulldogs advance to the Class 3A championship game.

Ursin was also an all-district and all-River Parishes selection at running back in football after rushing for over 600 yards but said he will not play football in college.

Ursin has played baseball for the Bulldogs for four years, lettering in three of those years. Lutcher coach Scott Tribble noted that Ursin is agreat athlete who comes from a family of great athletes.

“Once he gets to the Division I level, he’s going to be dealing with players who have his athletic ability,” Tribble said. “He’s going to have to step up.But he’s very competitive. He doesn’t like to fail. He’s a very competitiveathlete. Southern is getting a good student and one that has a good familybackground.”Before heading to the next level, Ursin will try to help the Bulldogs reach the next level this season. Lutcher has already clinched the District 9-3Achampionship and currently stands 23-3 overall.

“I think we have a good shot at winning the state championship,” Ursin said. “But like coach always says, we have to take it one game at a time.We have to focus on the game we are playing.”

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