LSU Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee Lloyd Peever
Lloyd Peever's 1992 campaign was one of the best individual seasons ever in college baseball, let alone LSU history.
That year, Peever's only season at LSU, was so great it warranted his induction into the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 9.
He was named Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, elected first-team all-American by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America magazine, voted first-team all-SEC, selected for the SEC all-tournament team and was named National Player of the Week two times. He went 14-0 with an earned run average of 1.92. He also started the season with 39 straight innings without a walk.
After transferring to LSU from Seminole (Okla.) State College, he helped lead the Tigers to a 50-16 record as they won the SEC championship before losing in the NCAA Regional Tournament, just short of a College World Series berth.
Peever's performance in 1992 prompted then LSU coach Skip Bertman to tell Collegiate Baseball Magazine "I've never had a pitcher with better control."
Peever attributed a great deal of his success that season to Bertman's guidance.
"Skip embedded in my mind how much greater your chance of getting the batter out becomes by just throwing the ball over the plate," Peever said. "I found myself taking a little off pitches to make sure it was a strike a lot and it paid off that season. It was an amazing streak."
"Lloyd had the greatest single year of any LSU pitcher ever," said Bertman, who joins Peever in the 2011 LSU Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. "14-0 just isn't enough to describe how dominant he was."
Despite his unprecedented start, Peever's 1992 season wasn't free from any speed bumps along the way.
He was struck in the head by a line drive clocked at 93 mph during his 10th start of the season against Ole Miss.
Bertman said it was the hardest he'd ever seen a player directly hit by a batted ball in his baseball career.
"It's funny because getting hit was one of the most memorable moments of that season for me," Peever said. "The work I put in to get back was tough but fulfilling and coming back and continuing success was great."
"It's the only thing that kept Lloyd from winning even more games that season," Bertman said.
Peever missed just two starts and went on to win his next four appearances to complete his perfect season, the only undefeated season by a starting pitcher in LSU history.
"I came to LSU because they were defending national champions and to go in and play a vital role in the pitching staff was amazing," Peever said.
Peever was humbled when he learned he was elected to the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
"It's something that means a lot to me," Peever said. "There are a lot of players who played longer than me and had better careers for LSU than me."
Peever's best memories of LSU are of playing games in Alex Box Stadium.
"The atmosphere in Alex Box Stadium was always amazing," Peever said. "It's one of those things where now I take my kids to LSU games. To think I was a player with all those people watching me so many years ago astonishes me."