Baseball Players Invited to US Team Trials

LSU's Mikie Mahtook
LSU's Mikie Mahtook
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE - LSU sophomores Mikie Mahtook, Austin Nola and Matty Ott have been invited to participate in the USA Baseball National Collegiate Team Trials this summer in Cary, N.C.

The trials begin on July 6, and 22 players will be selected for the squad. The Collegiate National Team tour begins on July 12 and continues into early August, culminating with games in Taipei City and Tokyo.

Mahtook, an outfielder from Lafayette, La. earned 2009 Freshman All-SEC recognition, batting .316 on the year with eight doubles, three triples, seven homers and 38 RBI. He was named the MVP of the '09 SEC Tournament, as he hit .455 (10-for-22) in six games.

Mahtook hit .296 (8-for-27) in the College World Series with one double, one homer, seven RBI and five runs, and he provided the game-winning single in the top of the 11th inning in Game 1 of the CWS Finals versus Texas.

Nola, a shortstop from Baton Rouge, became the Tigers' starting shortstop 40 games into the '09 season and performed brilliantly at the position for the remainder of the year. He appeared in 50 games (36 starts), batting .240 (29-for-121) with four doubles, one triple, three homers, 18 RBI and 27 runs.

Nola posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in the College World Series with no errors in 24 chances. He provided the game-winning hit in LSU's 3-2 NCAA Regional victory over Baylor, lining an RBI single in the top of the 10th inning.
Ott, a finalist last season for the Stopper of the Year Award, was a 2009 second-team All-American and the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. He established the LSU single-season saves record with 16, surpassing the previous mark of 14 set by Rick Greene in 1991. The right-hander from Chalmette, La., recorded a 4-2 mark and a 2.68 ERA in 37 appearances, collecting six walks and 69 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Ott earned the win over Texas in Game 1 of CWS Finals on June 22, firing three shutout innings while allowing no hits with one walk and three strikeouts.





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