2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2012 Second-Team All-SEC
2012 SEC All-Tournament Team
Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (March 5, 2012)
SEC Player of the Week (May 21, 2012)
2012 First-Team ABCA All-South Region
2012 First-Team All-Louisiana
2011 Second-Team All-SEC
2011 Second-Team All-Louisiana
Highly touted hitter from the New Orleans area; has great pull power . . . projected as the Tigers' starting first baseman in 2013 ... the leading returning home run hitter in the SEC entering the '13 season as he collected 13 dingers in 2012 ... competed in July in the 2012 College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha and finished as the runner-up to Aaron Judge of Fresno State ... emerged as an offensive threat for LSU late in the 2010 season and earned second-team All-SEC honors as an outfielder in 2011 and 2012 ... named a 2011 Cape Cod League All-Star; also batted a sizzling .464 (13-for-28) in the summer of 2010 for the Danville (Ill.) Dans of the Prospect League.
Started 64 games (33 at first base, 29 in right field and two in center field), batting .320 (77-for-241) with 15 doubles, one triple, 13 homers, 52 RBI, 65 runs and eight steals ... led the SEC in runs scored (65) and finished No. 3 in the league in homers (13), No. 4 in slugging pct. (.552), No. 4 in total bases (133) and No. 6 in RBI (52) ... hit .368 (25-for-68) with runners in scoring position ... batted .299 (35-for-117) in SEC regular-season games with four doubles, five homers, 19 RBI, 27 runs and four steals ... launched two homers in NCAA Super Regional versus Stony Brook (June 8-10), including a lead-off dinger in the bottom of the 11th inning of Game 1 that tied the contest at 4-4; Katz then provided the game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th to give the Tigers a 5-4 victory ... voted to the 2012 SEC All-Tournament team after hitting .357 (5-for-14) in three games with two RBI and three runs scored ... named SEC Player of the Week after leading LSU to two wins at South Carolina (May 18-19); batted .357 (5-for-14) in the series with a homer and three RBI, including a run-scoring single in 10th inning that proved to be the difference in the Tigers' 3-2 win that clinched the SEC title ... led LSU to series victory over Georgia (April 27-29), batting .455 (5-for-11) in the three games with one double, one homer, five RBI and four runs ... Katz lifted LSU to a dramatic win over UGA in Game 2 on April 28, launching a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning to erase a 4-2 deficit and give the Tigers a 6-4 lead - the grand slam was the first of Katz's career ... collected five hits and scored five runs in Arkansas series (March 30-April 1) ... 4-for-12 in Auburn series (March 23-25) with one 2B and two RBI ... launched two-run homer in first inning of Game 2 vs. Miss. State (March 17) to give LSU a 2-0 lead en route to a 4-3 win ... named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week on March 5 after hitting a remarkable .684 (13-for-19) in five games with five doubles, three homers, eight RBI, 12 runs, a 1.421 slugging percentage and a .760 on-base percentage ... beginning with a walk in his final plate appearance on Feb. 26 versus Appalachian State, Katz reached base safely in 17 consecutive plate appearances, falling just one shy of the NCAA record of 18 straight set by Shaun Larkin of Cal State Northridge in 2002 ... during the streak of reaching base safely 17 straight times, Katz was 10-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, nine runs, seven walks and one stolen base.
Started 50 games (38 in right field, 12 at first base), batting .337 (64-for-190) with a team-best 21 doubles, two triples, four homers, 53 RBI, 40 runs and six steals ... hit .343 (35-for-102) in SEC games with 13 doubles, one triple, two homers, 26 RBI and 18 runs ... hit a team-best .467 (28-for-60) over the final 15 games of the season with 12 doubles, one homer, 22 RBI and 16 runs ... batted .438 (28-for-64) on the year with runners in scoring position ... finished No. 5 in the SEC in doubles (21) and No. 8 in RBI (53) ...
2-for-4 with two doubles, four RBI and two runs on May 19 at Mississippi State ... 4-for-6 with one double, four RBI and three runs versus Tennessee on May 15 ... 3-for-4 with one double, four RBI and two runs at Alabama (May 6) ... enjoyed a remarkable weekend series versus Kentucky (April 28-30), batting .727 (8-for-11) in three games with five doubles, one homer, six RBI and six runs scored ... Katz' pinch-hit, two-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 1 highlighted an eight-run LSU rally as the Tigers rebounded from a 5-1 deficit and posted a 9-5 victory ... Katz started at first base in Game 2 vs. UK, going 4-for-5 at the plate with a school record-tying three doubles, two RBI and three runs scored ... in Game 3, he was 3-for-5 with two doubles, one homer, two RBI and two runs ... 2-for-3 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs in season opener vs. Wake Forest (Feb. 18); 3-for-3 with his first collegiate home run and two RBI vs. Wake Forest on Feb. 19
Appeared in 23 games (eight starts), batting .318 (14-for-44) with two doubles, five RBI and 11 runs scored ... started in left field in six of the Tigers' seven postseason games as he provided a spark to the LSU lineup with his bat ... batted .417 (10-for-24) in the seven postseason games with one double and six runs scored ... 4-for-8 in the NCAA Los Angeles Regional with one double and two runs ... hit .375 (6-for-16) in the SEC Tournament with three RBI and four runs ... 3-for-4 with a double and two runs in NCAA Regional win over UC Irvine (June 4) ... 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run in SEC Tournament opening-game win over Florida (May 26).
Named 1st team All-State in Louisiana Class 5A in 2008 and 2009...as a senior in 2009, he was also named 1st team All-Region while posting a terrific .410 batting average with seven homers...in 2008, he helped Jesuit High School to the 5A State Title game, where the Blue Jays finished second...as a junior in 2008, he hit .410 with 13 homers and 39 RBI...helped lead Jesuit to a Louisiana 5A State Championship in 2007 as a sophomore.
Full name is Mason Bloch Katz...Parents are Billy and Jana Katz...has one sister, Ryan-Grace Katz ...majoring in sports administration-commerce at LSU...born August 23, 1990.
Katz' LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 6 vs. Tennessee (5/15/11); at Ole Miss (5/4/12)
Hits: 4 vs. Kentucky (4/29/11); vs. Tennessee (5/15/11); at McNeese State (2/29/12)
Runs Scored: 4 vs. Dartmouth (3/2/12)
Doubles: 3 vs. Kentucky (4/29/11)
Triples: 1 vs. Holy Cross (2/26/11); vs. Alcorn State (2/18/12)
Home Runs: 1 several times; most recently vs. Stony Brook (6/10/12)
RBI: 5 vs. Georgia (4/28/12)
Stolen Bases: 1 several times; most recently vs. Alabama (4/13/12)