Patrick Vienne signed with LSU Eunice and will pitch for the Bengals. Patrick was a previous verbal commit to NSU but changed that decision. Covid-19 was just hitting hard when the Saint Mary’s senior thought that the hometown Demons might be the place for him, and the uncertainty of his senior season might not offer other options. Vienne really only had his sophomore season prior to this year to showcase his baseball skills.
The abbreviated 2019 Covid season impacted his overall mound appearances but he made up for that by playing travel ball last summer. His time with Team Louisiana baseball out of Erath gave Vienne the additional exposure and garnered the attention of the Bengals coaching staff. Patrick is batting .514 this season, launching seven home runs and when not on the mound he is solid at first base.
On the mound, the RHP has a 2.6 ERA and a record of 6-1 on the season. One number his parents are proud of is a 30 on the ACT. Vienne will pursue an accounting degree at LSUE and after two years will evaluate his baseball worth. He said if the opportunity is there, he could transfer to another program either in state or out. He feels he will get more playing time in Eunice and is joining a top-notch program.
The Bengals have won six national NJCAA championships, most recently in 2018 and are currently number 1 in DII with a 41-4 record. His parents are very proud of him and know he wanted to go somewhere different.
They said, “It really is his decision and we want him to be happy and successful.”
Vienne certainly has the pedigree but is still very grounded. He hopes he can lead his Saint Mary’s team in the playoffs before rejoining the travel ball club this summer in advance of starting at LSUE. The balance sheet looks good for Patrick as he cashes in on dividends earned through hard work on and off the diamond.