2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013 Perfect Game Third-Team All-American
2013 SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player
2013 First-Team All-Louisiana
2012 Second-Team All-Louisiana
2010 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll
MLB Draft: 14th round in 2013 (Houston)
Talented pitcher who participated in walk-on tryouts in the fall of 2009 and was added to the roster just prior to the 2010 season opener … provided valuable relief innings for four seasons, working as the Tigers’ closer as a senior in 2013 … made 104 career appearances, the third-most in LSU history … member of the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll as an international trade and finance major.
SEC leader in appearances on the year with 37 out of the bullpen … recorded a 4-1 mark with a 1.16 ERA and 16 saves … worked a total of 46.2 innings with three walks and 47 strikeouts … fired 13.1 scoreless innings in LSU’s postseason games, recording a 1-0 mark and four saves, allowing only two hits while recording one walk and 11 strikeouts … No. 3 in the SEC in saves with 16; he was 16-for-17 save situations and tied the LSU single-season record for saves, sharing the mark with Matty Ott (2009) … made one appearance in the College World Series vs. North Carolina (June 18), firing 2.2 shutout innings with one hit, no walks and two strikeouts … made two appearances in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, firing three shutout innings with one hit, one walk and four strikeouts; earned save vs. Sam Houston State (June 1) by firing two scoreless innings with one hit, one walk and three strikeouts … voted SEC Tournament MVP after earning three saves and a win in the championship game vs. Vanderbilt; worked a total of 4.2 perfect innings in the tournament, retiring all 17 batters he faced with five strikeouts … tied SEC Tournament record with three saves, equaling mark set by Jonathan Holder of Miss. State (2012) and Russell Brewer of Vanderbilt (2008) … credited with save on May 17 vs. Ole Miss as he fired a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout to preserve 2-1 LSU win … earned a save and win May 10-11 at Texas A&M; worked a total of 2.2 scoreless innings against the Aggies, allowing just one hit with no walks and one strikeout … earned 10th save of the season May 2 vs. Florida, firing a perfect inning with eight pitches and two strikeouts … picked up relief win at Arkansas (May 14), firing two scoreless innings with no walks and one strikeout in 10-inning LSU victory … earned two saves at Missouri - 1.1 shutout innings with 2 strikeouts on March 29; 1.1 shutout innings with two Ks on March 31 … worked a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts to earn save March 15 in 6-4 win at Mississippi State.
No. 2 in the SEC with 36 relief appearances, posting a 7-0 mark and a 1.59 ERA in 45.1 innings with seven walks and 40 strikeouts … limited left-handed batters to a .100 average (6-for-60) on the year … 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA in seven postseason appearances, allowing three runs on nine hits in 11.2 innings with two walks and 10 strikeouts … 4-0 in SEC regular-season games with a 1.40 ERA in 19.1 innings (14 appearances) … the winning pitcher in NCAA Regional final versus Oregon State (June 3) - worked a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts … masterful in relief in the South Carolina series (May 18-19), making two appearances and limiting the Gamecocks to no runs on no hits in four innings with one walk and six strikeouts … Cotton was the winning pitcher in 3-2 victory on May 19 that clinched the SEC title – he worked three scoreless innings with no hits, one walk and four strikeouts … fired 2.1 perfect innings in relief outing versus Vanderbilt (May 13) … pitched 2.2 innings at Florida (April 5), allowing one earned run on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts in LSU win … appeared in all three Arkansas games (March 30-April 1) in relief, firing a total of 2.2 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit with one walk and one strikeout ... credited with the win in Game 2 of the Arkansas series as he worked 1.2 perfect innings with one strikeout … relieved Aaron Nola in the eighth inning on March 25 and retired Auburn’s No. 3 and 4 hitters ... Cotton was credited with the win, marking his first career SEC victory.
Made 13 relief appearances, recording no decisions with a 3.38 ERA in 13.1 innings … registered two walks and 14 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .216 batting average … excellent relief outing vs. Princeton on March 4 as he worked 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing no hits with no walks and a career-high four strikeouts … worked two scoreless innings versus Ole Miss (April 2), allowing one hit with no walks and one strikeout.
Made 18 relief appearances, posting a 2-0 record and a 5.32 ERA in 22 innings with four walks and 12 strikeouts … recorded two shutout innings vs. Mississippi State (May 21) with one strikeout … fired two shutout innings vs. Northwestern State (April 20) in his hometown of Shreveport … earned win over Tulane (April 14), allowing one run on two hits in two relief innings with no walks and two strikeouts … earned first career victory in a relief outing versus Southern Miss (April 7), allowing one run on one hit in one inning with no walks or strikeouts … longest outing on March 5 vs. Brown -- 2.2 IP with one run on six hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
As a senior at Byrd High School, compiled a 9-1 record with a 1.46 ERA ... was the winning pitcher in all three of Byrd's state playoff games ... named Shreveport/Bossier All-City Pitcher of the Year ... also received 5A All-State First-team honors as well as District 1-5A First-team honors ... received All-Academic Class 5A Honorable Mention ... member of the National Honor Society.
Full name is Christopher Michael Cotton ... parents are Jim and Alisa Cotton ... has two siblings, Kyle and Lauren ... said he would rather walk-on at LSU over "any other scholarship offered to me" ... majoring in international trade and finance at LSU … born November 21, 1990.
Cotton’s LSU Career Highs
Innings: 3.0 three times, most recently at Alabama (4/20/13)
Strikeouts: 4 three times, most recently vs. Stony Brook (6/8/12)
Hits Allowed: 6 vs. Brown (3/5/10)
Runs: 5 vs. Vanderbilt (5/7/10)
Earned Runs: 5 vs. Vanderbilt (5/7/10)
Walks: 2 twice, most recently vs. Mississippi State (5/25/12)