LSU's Kevin Gausman (12)
Photo by:Steve Franz, LSU Athletics Staff Photographer
Gausman, Rhymes Continue to See Postseason Honors
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Published: June 23, 2012, 04:47 PM (CT)
by Bill Franques, Sr. Associate SID

BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU outfielder Raph Rhymes and pitcher Kevin Gausman continue to receive 2012 postseason accolades as they were named first-team all-Americans this week by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

In addition, Baseball America magazine named Gausman to its second-team all-America squad and awarded Rhymes with third-team all-America recognition.

Gausman, Rhymes and LSU outfielder Mason Katz were also named this week to the ABCA All-South Region first-team squad.

Rhymes, the 2012 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, finished the year hitting an NCAA-leading .431 (100-for-232), 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.

Gausman, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, led the SEC in strikeouts this season with 135, and he recorded a 12-2 mark with a 2.77 ERA.

Katz, also a 2012 second-team all-SEC selection, hit .320 this season with 15 doubles, one triple, a team-high 13 homers and 52 RBI.

LSU and Florida State are the only schools in the nation to place two players on the 2012 ABCA first-team all-America squad.

Twenty-three LSU baseball players have earned first-team all-America honors, including five Tigers during coach Paul Mainieri's six-year tenure. Along with Rhymes and Gausman, Mainieri's LSU first-team all-Americans include first baseman/outfielder Blake Dean (2008), pitcher Louis Coleman (2009) and outfielder Mikie Mahtook (2011).

The recognition for Rhymes and Gausman marks the first time LSU has had two first-team all-Americans in the same season since 1998, when first baseman Eddy Furniss and catcher Brad Cresse earned the distinction.

Other seasons in which LSU has had two first-team all-Americans include 1997 (shortstop Brandon Larson and pitcher Patrick Coogan), 1996 (first baseman Eddy Furniss and pitcher Eddie Yarnall) and 1994 (second baseman Todd Walker and shortstop Russ Johnson).


 

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