BATON ROUGE - LSU junior first baseman Mason Katz was named Monday as one of the Collegiate Baseball newspaper National Players of the Week.
Katz hit a remarkable .684 (13-for-19) in five games last week with five doubles, three homers, eight RBI, 12 runs, a 1.421 slugging percentage and a .760 on-base percentage, leading LSU to perfect 5-0 mark.
Beginning with a walk in his final plate appearance on Feb. 26 versus Appalachian State, Katz reached base safely in 17 consecutive plate appearances, falling just one shy of the NCAA record of 18 straight set by Shaun Larkin of Cal State Northridge in 2002. The streak ended on Katz' first plate appearance on Saturday versus Dartmouth.
During the streak of reaching base safely 17 straight times, Katz was 10-for-10 with three doubles, two homers, nine runs, seven walks and one stolen base.
On the year, Katz is hitting a sizzling .500 (20-for-40) with seven doubles, one triple, three homers, 14 RBI and 18 runs.
Other players earning National Player of the Week recognition from Collegiate Baseball on Monday included pitcher Brian Holmes of Wake Forest, pitcher Marcus Stroman of Duke, second baseman Tyler Vaughn of Troy, first baseman/pitcher Jacob Mayers of Richmond and shortstop Richie Rodriguez of Eastern Kentucky.