BATON ROUGE -- LSU baseball players that participated in summer collegiate leagues are returning to Baton Rouge, ready to begin fall semester classes on Monday.
Several Tigers excelled in summer league competition, sharpening their skills for the 2013 season as LSU seeks to defend its 2012 SEC championship and advance to the College World Series.
Senior outfielder/first baseman Mason Katz played in 20 games for the Yarmouth-Dennis (Mass.) Red Sox of the Cape Cod League, blasting three homers and collecting 18 RBI. Katz also participated in the annual TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha Neb., where he advanced to the final round.
Junior right-hander Nick Rumbelow has been brilliant in 17 relief appearances for the Wareham (Mass.) Gatemen, firing 43 strikeouts in 25.2 innings. Rumbelow and LSU junior catcher Ty Ross are playing this week for Wareham in the Cape Cod League Championship Series versus Yarmouth-Dennis.
Rumbelow and Ross were also members of the West team at the Cape Cod League All-Star Game in July.
Sophomore right-hander Aaron Nola made two appearances for the Harwich (Mass.) Mariners, allowing just one earned run on five hits in 11 innings with two walks and 15 strikeouts.
Junior second baseman JaCoby Jones collected five doubles, two triples and five homers in 35 games for Harwich while driving in 18 runs and recording seven stolen bases. Jones also won the Cape Cod League Home Run Derby in July.
Junior right-hander Joe Broussard posted a 1.83 ERA in eight appearances for the Cotuit (Mass.) Kettleers, recording 23 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.
Senior left-hander Chris Cotton worked 16 innings in three starts for the Lakeshore (Wisc.) Chinooks of the Northwoods League, posting two wins, a 0.56 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Sophomore left-hander Cody Glenn pitched 59 innings in 14 appearances for the Chinooks, recording a 4-2 mark with a 3.51 ERA and 45 strikeouts.
Senior right-hander Kevin Berry was 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA in 38 innings for the Wilson (N.C.) Tobs of the Coastal Plains League, while senior left-hander Brent Bonvillain recorded 15 strikeouts in 18.1 innings for the Tobs and limited opponents to a .242 batting average.
Redshirt freshman left-hander Christian Trent worked 21.1 innings in 18 relief appearances for the Hannibal (Mo.) Cavemen of the Prospect League, recording 39 strikeouts and two saves.
Sophomore outfielder Jared Foster collected four doubles, one triple, two homers, 13 RBI and five steals for the Cavemen in 31 games.
Sophomore catcher/infielder Evan Powell blasted six homers in 38 games for the Danville (Ill.) Dans while also recording five doubles, one triple, 16 RBI and eight stolen bases.
LSU begins its full-squad fall practice session on Sunday, September 23. The Tigers open the 2013 season on February 15 when they play host to Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.