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Olivia Dunne gushes over her MLB boyfriend Paul Skenes after lighting up Pirates debut with 102 mph fastball

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LSU gymnast Olivia Dunne gushed over her boyfriend and his top Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Paul Skenes after the No. 1 overall draft pick was stunned in his spring training debut Thursday.

Skenes, who was the top pick last year after going 13-2 with a 1.69 ERA and 209 strikeouts while LSU leading in the NCAA title, threw 10 pitches, including a 102 mph fastball — a feat Dunne shared on his social media Thursday.

Paul Skenes throws in his spring training debut

Paul Skenes, #30 of the Pittsburgh Pirates, throws during a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on February 29, 2024, in Sarasota, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

“Something light,” Dunne wrote on his Instagram Stories while sharing a clip of Skenes’ speech.

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Skenes, who agreed to a record $9.2 million signing bonus in July, expressed excitement about taking the mound in a game where he faced two first-round picks: Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday and Adley Rutschman.

“I think the most important thing was to go out and throw in front of people, because adrenaline is a big thing,” he said after the Orioles’ 9-8 victory. “I just wanted to see where we are.”

“Pretty happy,” he added. “I have some stuff to work on, but yeah, I’m ready to go. Feel good.”

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Dunne, during an appearance on ESPN’s “Sports Center,” spoke about her relationship with Skenes and why she thinks the duo makes a “really good match.”

Olivia Dunne smiles during the competition

Olivia Dunne of the LSU Tigers looks on before a game against the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on February 23, 2024, in Gainesville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

“He’s always cool-headed, that’s what I like about him. And I think we make a really good duo because of that,” she said Thursday ahead of Skenes’ debut.

“I have a crazy lifestyle, and things come to me all the time, and sometimes my emotions swing up and down, and he’s very even-keeled, and I just think it’s a really good match.”

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Dunne also focuses on bringing home a national championship as the No. 2 Tigers prepare for their final conference game against Alabama on Friday.

“It would mean a lot to this team and this university,” the LSU senior said.

Olivia Dunne during the competition

Olivia Dunne of the LSU Tigers participates in a game against the Florida Gators at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on February 23, 2024, in Gainesville, Florida. (James Gilbert/Getty Images)

“It’s unprecedented for LSU gymnastics to win a national championship, and I just think it would be so special for Tiger Nation.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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