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LSU's Raph Rhymes (4) and Mason Katz (8)
LSU's Raph Rhymes (4) and Mason Katz (8)
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Rhymes, Katz Named Preseason All-Americans
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Published: December 13, 2012, 09:10 AM (CT)
Updated: December 13, 2012, 09:59 AM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU senior outfielder Raph Rhymes and senior first baseman Mason Katz have received 2013 preseason all-America recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

Rhymes was named to the NCBWA first-team squad, and Katz was voted to the third team.

Rhymes, a 2012 first-team all-American and the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, hit an NCAA-leading .431 (100-for-232) last season, establishing an LSU record for single-season batting average. He recorded 11 doubles, four homers, 53 RBI, a .530 slugging percentage and a .489 on-base percentage.

Rhymes, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, led the conference in hits (100) and on-base percentage (.489), and he was No. 5 in the league in RBI (53), No. 6 in slugging percentage (.530) and No. 8 in total bases (123).

Katz, a 2012 second-team all-SEC selection, hit .320 last season with 15 doubles, one triple, a team-high 13 homers and 52 RBI. Katz led the SEC in runs scored (65), and he was No. 3 in the league in home runs, No. 4 in slugging percentage (.552), No. 4 in total bases (133) and No. 6 in RBI.

Katz, a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, is the leading returning home run hitter in the league for the 2013 season.

LSU opens the season at 7 p.m. on February 15, when the Tigers play host to Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.

2013 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team


Pos. Name, School, Class
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico, Sr.
1B Johnny Coy, Wichita State, Sr.
2B Michael Felton, Campbell, Sr.
3B DJ Peterson, New Mexico, Jr.
SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin, Jr.
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU, Sr.
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State, So.
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist, Sr.
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer, Jr.
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga, Jr.
SP Carlos Rodon, NC State, So.
SP Nick Petree, Missouri State, Jr.
SP Mark Appel, Stanford, Sr.
SP Chris Rowley, Army, Sr.
SP Adam Plutko, UCLA, Jr.
RP Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon, Jr.
RP Michael Wagner, San Diego, Jr.
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, So.

Pos. Name, School, Class
C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech
1B Jared Hammer, Hofstra, Sr.
2B Christian Stringer, Rice, Sr.
3B Trea Turner, NC State, So.
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State, Jr.
OF Bill Cullen, VCU, Jr.
OF Matt Honchel, Miami (Ohio)
OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State, Jr.
DH Michael Pritchard, Nebraska, Jr.
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton, Jr.
SP Trevor Williams, Arizona State, Jr.
SP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech, Sr.
SP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina, Jr.
SP Tyler Skulina, Kent State, Jr.
SP Austin Kubitza, Rice, Jr.
RP Tyler Webb, South Carolina, Sr.
RP David Berg, UCLA, So.
RP Tyler Burgess, Missouri State, So.

THIRD TEAM (ties in voting)

Pos. Name, School, Class
C Alex Swim, Elon, Sr.
1B Mason Katz, LSU, Sr.
2B Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay, Jr.
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego, Jr.
SS Will Callaway, Appalachian State, Sr.
DH Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech, Jr.
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky, So.
OF Jeff Roy, Rhode Island, Jr.
OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech,
OF Tim Colwell, North Dakota State, Jr.
DH Kevin Krause, Stony Brook, So.
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky, So.
SP Drew Bowen, Oral Roberts, Sr..
SP Mike Compton, Florida State, So.
SP Corey Littrell, Kentucky, Jr.
SP Preston Morrison, TCU, So.
SP Matt Pegler, College of Charleston, Sr.
SP Andrew Vasquez, UC Santa Barbara, So.
RP A.J. Salcines, Miami (Fla.), Jr.
RP Chad Sobotka, USC Upstate, So.
RP Colby Suggs, Arkansas, Jr.
RP Kellen Urbon, Cornell, So.


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