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Two LSU-Shreveport Standouts Sign with Marshals

April 29, 2014 - Texas Collegiate League (TCL) - Texas Marshals News Release

The Texas Marshals of the Texas Collegiate League will be under the leadership of first-year head coach Brent Lavallee this summer. To ensure that the Marshals have a strong core of talent, Lavallee is brining over two of his top players from LSU-Shreveport to play for him this summer with the Marshals in Dallas.

Oliver Christensen and Caleb Killian will be looked upon to be key contributors for the Marshals this summer as they look to qualify for the TCL postseason for the first time in the last three years.

"I've had to opportunity to watch these two guys develop right before my eyes here at LSU-Shreveport," stated Lavallee. "I am confident in each of their individual abilities and know that they will embrace the team-first mentality of the Texas Marshals."

Oliver Christensen transferred to LSU-Shreveport from Dominican College where he was a two-time all-conference shortstop. Christensen hit .323 with 26 RBIs, and 14 stolen bases as a sophomore at Dominican.

Christensen, a native of Coral Springs, Florida, attended Coral Gables High School where he holds the all-time hits record.

Christensen is currently redshirting this season at LSU-Shreveport due to a shoulder injury that he sustained last summer.

"Oliver has worked vigorously to get healthy for the summer season," commented Lavallee. "He possesses great speed, extremely smooth hands, and has a great approach at the plate."

Caleb Killian is a 6'4", 220-pound first baseman who has the ability to hit for power. As a redshirt sophomore this season at LSU-Shreveport, Killian has made big strides in his career.

Killian redshirted in 2013 after hitting .316 as a freshman with a double, a triple, eight RBIs, 10 runs scored, and one stolen base. Killian has appeared in 40 games this season for the Pilots and has one double and one home run.

Killian is a native of Sibley, Louisiana where he lettered for four years at Glenbrook High School. He was named the district MVP as a senior after hitting .545 with 40 RBIs and a 1.076 slugging percentage.

"Caleb will be a nice addition to the Marshals lineup," Lavallee mentioned. "I am looking forward to how seeing how he handles the challenge of facing TCL-caliber pitching on a daily basis."

The Marshals will open the 2014 season at home on Thursday, May 29 against the East Texas Pump Jacks. Game time will be 7:05pm at Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.

Season tickets for all 30 of the Marshals home games this season are on sale now. Fans can buy season tickets by calling 855-808-7529.

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