BASEBALL: Barash, Butler leave team

Michael Barash will transfer (Getty)

LSU coach Paul Mainieri announced Friday a pair of departures from the Tigers' baseball program. Sophomore catcher Michael Barash will transfer to a junior college and sophomore pitcher Taylor Butler decided to retire from baseball.

Sophomore catcher Michael Barash and sophomore pitcher Taylor Butler have left the team, Paul Mainieri confirmed Friday.

Barash, a Florida native, will transfer to Palm Beach State College, a junior college in Lake Worth, Fla. Butler will stay enrolled at LSU but has retired from baseball, Mainieri said.

Barash played in 18 games, starting five, as a true freshman last season. He graduated from high school a year early to begin his college career, but failed to live up to expectations. He hit .269 in 26 at-bats last season with four RBI and a home run. Barash found himself fourth in the pecking order at catcher heading into the 2014 season and decided to test his abilities elsewhere.

Butler only made three appearances last season, surrendering one earned run in 2 1/3 innings of work.

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