Mahtook a First-Team All-American by 'BA'

LSU's Mikie Mahtook (8)
LSU's Mikie Mahtook (8)
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BATON ROUGE - LSU junior outfielder Mikie Mahtook was named a 2011 first-team all-American Wednesday by Baseball America magazine.

Mahtook is the third LSU player in the past four seasons to earn first-team all-America recognition, joining outfielder/first baseman Blake Dean (2008) and pitcher Louis Coleman (2009).

Mahtook was chosen as the 31st overall selection by the Tampa Bay Rays in the MLB Draft earlier this month.

"This is certainly a well-deserved honor for one of the greatest players in LSU history," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "Mikie is a phenomenal athlete and a very unselfish teammate who does everything on and off the field with the team's best interest in mind. He's a very emotional player - I've often said he plays baseball like a football player, at 100 miles per hour with his hair on fire.

"I have no doubt he will continue to enjoy great success because of his tremendous talent and work ethic. It's been a privilege to be his coach. I'll probably cease to be his coach this summer, but I will continue to be his friend."

Mahtook, a native of Lafayette, La., was a 2011 first-team all-SEC selection, and he completed the regular season as the conference leader in slugging percentage (.709), walks (41), triples (5) and steals (29). He was No. 2 in the SEC in batting average (.383), home runs (14), total bases (139), on-base percentage (.496) and runs scored (61) and No. 3 in the league in RBI (56).

Mahtook, who was also named to the 2011 SEC all-Defensive Team, batted .441 (26-for-59) in the final 15 games of the season with four doubles, two triples, four homers, 18 RBI, 19 runs and eight steals

His consecutive games reached-base streak is currently at 70 - he reached base safely in all 56 games this season and in the final 14 games of 2010.

Mahtook has a .344 lifetime batting average at LSU, and he ranks No. 2 in school annals in triples with 12 and No. 5 in stolen bases with 60. - 

For the second straight year, 17 conferences were represented on the Baseball America all-America teams, plus the independent ranks. Eight conferences landed multiple players on the teams, led by the SEC with nine, including three first-teamers. The ACC produced the most first-teamers (four), and the second-most all-Americans overall (six). The Big 12 was third with four all-Americans, followed by the Pac-10, Southern, Atlantic Sun and Western Athletic Conferences with three apiece.

Vanderbilt led all schools with four all-Americans-all of them on the second team. Fellow SEC co-champion and College World Series participant South Carolina was next with three players on the three teams. The CWS field features a total of 13 all-Americans, including five members of the first team.

2011 Baseball America All-America Teams

First Team
C - Mike Zunino, Florida
1B - C.J. Cron, Utah
2B - Kolten Wong, Hawaii
3B - Colin Moran, North Carolina
SS - Brad Miller, Clemson
OF - Jason Krizan, Dallas Baptist
OF - Mikie Mahtook, LSU
OF - Victor Roache, Georgia Southern
DH - Jake Lowery, James Madison
UT   Danny Hultzen, Virginia

SP - Trevor Bauer, UCLA
SP - Sean Gilmartin, Florida State
SP - Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP - Michael Roth, South Carolina
RP - Cody Martin, Gonzaga
UT   Danny Hultzen, Virginia

Second Team
C - Nick Rickles, Stetson
1B - Aaron Westlake, Vanderbilt
2B - Tommy La Stella, Coastal Carolina
3B - Jason Esposito, Vanderbilt
SS - Joe Panik, St. John's
OF - Trever Adams, Creighton
OF - Bryson Myles, Stephen F. Austin
OF - George Springer, Connecticut
DH - Adam Brett Walker, Jacksonville
UT - Nick Ramirez, Cal State Fullerton

SP - Matt Barnes, Connecticut
SP - Grayson Garvin, Vanderbilt
SP - Sam Gaviglio, Oregon State
SP - Sonny Gray, Vanderbilt
RP - Corey Knebel, Texas
UT - Nick Ramirez, Cal State Fullerton

Third Team
C - Tyler Ogle, Oklahoma
1B - Christian Walker, South Carolina
2B - Dan Paolini, Siena
3B - Matt Leeds, College Of Charleston
SS - Chad Zurcher, Memphis
OF - Daniel Aldrich, Coll. Of Charleston
OF - James Ramsey, Florida State
OF - Dusty Robinson, Fresno State
DH - Joey Demichele, Arizona State
UT - Bo Reeder, East Tennessee State

SP - Greg Gonzalez, Fresno State
SP - Mark Pope, Georgia Tech
SP - Matt Summers, Uc Irvine
SP - Michael Wacha, Texas A&M
RP - Matt Price, South Carolina
UT - Bo Reeder, East Tennessee State





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