Lamar University baseball coach throws first pitch at Astros game

lamar university baseball coach throws first pitch at astros game

A former catcher at Louisiana State University who was part of multiple College World Series teams, Will Davis appears to still have a strong arm at 40 years old.

Davis, now the Lamar University baseball head coach, tossed a perfect strike while throwing out the first pitch before the Houston Astros game Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Cardinals coach was joined by a Lamar contingent that included president Jaime Taylor and athletic director Jeff O'Malley.

"A special thank you to Glen Morgan, Dr. Jaime Taylor, Jeff O'Malley and the Astros for allowing me to throw out the first pitch," Davis wrote in a social media post late Friday night. "This is something I will truly never forget!"

But it was Davis alone who calmly took the mound to throw the first pitch. Davis gave a wave before the pitch, tossed a heater that split the plate, then flashed a grin as the crowd cheered afterward.

Davis has multiple connections with the Astros, including a friendship with star third baseman Alex Bregman. Davis coached Bregman from 2013-15 while serving as an assistant at LSU.

The strong first pitch from Davis must have woken up the Astros' bats. Houston won the game over Baltimore, 14-11 on Friday night.

Davis' appearance at Minute Maid Park comes after a stellar season at Lamar that made national headlines. The Cardinals won 44 games, earned the Southland Conference regular-season championship and narrowly missed out on an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.

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