Bayou Boys Bring Stability Up The Middle

Josh TollesonCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

17 Jun 2000:  Mike Fontenot #29 of the Louisiana State Tigers slides into second base as Chris O''Riordan #1 of the Stanford Cardinal looks on during the College World Series Game at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.  The Tigers defeated the Cardinal 6-5.Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport

Back in the summer of 2000, little did Cub Nation know that future double play combo Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot were leading the LSU Tigers to a National Championship.

Theriot had an incredible 2000 season, batting .305 with 41 RBIs and 68 Runs scored. He also was a constant in the LSU lineup, starting all 69 games played for the Bayou Bengals. Theriot was named to the College World Series all tournament team, batting .368 in tournament play. A memorable moment in the tournament was Theriot breaking up a no-hit bid by USC pitcher Mark Prior, who went on to pitch for the Cubs.

Fontenot had a stellar 2000 campaign, batting .353 with 17 homers, 64 RBIs and 93 runs scored. Fontenot, like Theriot, was named to the College World Series all tournament team. He led the Tigers with a .462 batting average as the Tigers won the championship.

Nine years later, both men find themselves turning double plays for arguably the most beloved franchise in baseball. Cubs manager Lou Piniella recently announced that Mike Fontenot will be the starting second basemen to start the 2009 season, beating out super utility player Aaron Miles. LSU fans will be eager to see two of their own bring speed, good defense, and rugged play to Wrigley.