LSU Baseball Kicks Pitcher Off Team

January 18, 2011

LSU head baseball coach Paul Mainieri has dismissed a pitcher from his team. Kevin Koziol, 19, was kicked-off the team Monday after being charged Sunday with DUI, reckless operation of a vehicle and disobeying a red light.

Kevin Koziol

“There are certain levels of behavior I expect out of LSU baseball players and that is not one of them,” Mainieri told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “They’ve been well warned. In this particular case, I was left with no alternative in my mind but to dismiss him.”

“If they don’t want to abide by the types of behaviors I expect out of our players, there’s no reason for them to be a part of the program.”

Koziol, a freshman from Orland Park, Ill, was the 2010 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year and an Under Armour All-American.

Koziol is the second SEC pitcher in the last week to be dismissed from his team. Sophomore hurler Ethan Carter was dismissed last week at South Carolina.

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