LSU's Mason Katz
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LSU Baseball Report, Rankings; Katz Honored
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Published: March 18, 2013, 04:37 PM (CT)
Updated: March 19, 2013, 07:00 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

Overall Record:  18-2    
SEC:  2-1    

Last Week's Results (3-1)
March 13 (Wed.) - NICHOLLS STATE (W, 9-3)
March 15 (Fri.) - at #8 Mississippi State (W, 6-4 - 10 innings)
March 16 (Sat.) - at #8 Mississippi State (W, 7-3)
March 17 (Sun.) - at #8 Mississippi State (L, 2-10)

This Week's Schedule
March 20 (Wed.) - NORTHWESTERN STATE, 6:30 p.m.
March 22 (Fri.) - AUBURN, 7 p.m.
March 23 (Sat.) - AUBURN, 6:30 p.m.
March 24 (Sun) - AUBURN, 1 p.m. (Cox Sports Television)

Katz Named National and SEC Player of the Week

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU senior first baseman Mason Katz was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and SEC Player of the Week Monday after leading third-ranked LSU to a series victory at Mississippi State.

Katz, a native of Harahan, La.,  batted .462 (6-for-13) to lead LSU to three wins in four games last week, including the SEC series win in Starkville.

Katz collected four home runs and eight RBI, and he posted a .588 on-base percentage. Beginning with the Tigers' March 9 game versus Washington, Katz homered seven times in five games and became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since Brad Cresse accomplished the feat in 1998.

Katz was 3-for-9 in the Mississippi State series with three homers, five RBI and four runs scored. He launched a pair of two-run  homers in Friday night's win over the Bulldogs, including the game-winning blast in the top of the 10th inning.

The Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week honor was the second of Katz's career, as he also received the distinction last season. Katz also earned the SEC Player of the Week designation last season after leading the Tigers to a series win at Ole Miss.

Katz is hitting .352 this season with four doubles, one triple, nine home runs and 32 RBI. He leads the SEC in home runs, RBI and total bases (58).

Notes on the Tigers
LSU won three of four games last week, including an SEC series win at No. 8 Mississippi State ... the series victory was LSU's seventh straight over Mississippi State and the Tigers' fifth consecutive series win in Starkville ... dating back to last season, LSU has won three consecutive SEC road series and four of its last five league series away from home ... LSU's 18-2 record this season marks the Tigers' best 20-game start since the 1997 team posted a 19-1 mark ... senior first baseman Mason Katz batted .462 (6-for-13) to lead LSU to three wins in four games last week, including the SEC series win in Starkville ... Katz collected four home runs and eight RBI, and he posted a .588 on-base percentage ... beginning with the Tigers' March 9 game versus Washington, Katz homered seven times in five games and became the first LSU player to homer in five straight games since Brad Cresse accomplished the feat in 1998 ... Katz was 3-for-9 in the Mississippi State series with three homers, five RBI and four runs scored ... he launched a pair of two-run  homers in Friday night's win over the Bulldogs, including the game-winning blast in the top of the 10th inning ... junior right-hander Ryan Eades clinched an SEC series victory at No. 8 Mississippi State Saturday with an outstanding seven-inning outing ... Eades defeated an MSU squad that entered the weekend as the SEC's top hitting team with a .324 batting average ... he limited the Bulldogs to just one run on six hits in seven innings with two walks and eight strikeouts ... Eades improved his record to 4-0 on the year and lowered his cumulative ERA to 1.69 ... he has worked 32 innings this season, recording seven walks and 36 strikeouts ... senior right-hander Joey Bourgeois recorded two dominant relief outings at Mississippi State, working a total of 2.1 scoreless innings with one hit, no walks and three strikeouts ... Bourgeois struck out Mississippi State slugger Hunter Renfroe in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday with two out and the bases loaded to keep the game tied at 4-4; LSU went on to win 6-4 in 10 innings ... Bourgeois, left-hander Brent Bonvillain and left-hander Chris Cotton on Friday combined to limit MSU to no runs on one hit with five strikeouts over the 4.1 innings in the LSU victory ... LSU has won seven of its last 10 extra-inning games over the past two seasons ... the Tigers are 6-0 this season in games decided by two runs or less.

Baseball America Top 25

Team, W-L, Prev.
1. North Carolina, 18-1, 1
2. Vanderbilt, 19-2, 2
3. Oregon State, 19-1, 3
4. Louisville, 16-2, 4
5. South Carolina, 17-3, 5
6. Mississippi, 20-2, 6
7. LSU, 18-2, 7
8. Cal State Fullerton, 16-3, 8
9. Georgia Tech, 17-2, 9
10. Kentucky, 16-3, 10
11. UCLA, 15-3, 11
12. Florida State, 18-1, 12
13. Oregon, 15-6, 16
14. Virginia, 17-2, 22
15. Notre Dame, 12-5, 17
16. North Carolina State, 16-5, 18
17. Oklahoma, 17-4, 23
18. Rice, 14-7, 19
19. Mississippi State, 19-4, 13
20. Arizona State, 12-4, 14
21. Arkansas, 14-7, 15
22. Indiana, 13-3, 24
23. Central Arkansas, 17-3, NR
24. Virginia Tech, 16-5, NR
25. San Diego, 14-6, NR

Dropped out: Arizona (20), Nevada-Las Vegas (21), Florida Gulf Coast (25).

USA Today Coaches' Poll

1. North Carolina (18-1)
2. Vanderbilt (19-2)
3. LSU (18-2)
4. Oregon State (19-1)
5. Florida State (18-1)
6. South Carolina (17-3)
7. UCLA (15-3)
8. Mississippi (20-2)
9. Cal State Fullerton (16-3)
10. Kentucky (16-3)
11. Georgia Tech (17-2)
12. Oregon (15-6)
13. Virginia (17-2)
14. Louisville (16-2)
15. Mississippi State (19-4)
16. Oklahoma (17-4)
17. Arkansas (14-7)
18. North Carolina State (16-5)
19. Stanford (10-5)
20. Oklahoma State (17-3)
21. Arizona State (12-4-1)
22. Notre Dame (12-5)
23. UC-Irvine (15-5)
24. Central Arkansas (17-3)
25. Cal Poly (15-4)

Others receiving votes: Rice 57; Arizona 56; Indiana 27; Louisiana-Lafayette 21; UNLV 16; Lamar 13; Virginia Tech 13; Houston 10; San Diego 9; South Alabama 8; Florida Gulf Coast 6; Miami (Fla.) 6; Texas A&M 6; Texas Tech 6; Mercer 5; Austin Peay 4; Texas 4; Campbell 2; Clemson 2.

 

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