Mainieri, Two Tigers Take State's Top Honors
LSU Sports Interactive
BY MATTHEW BONNETTE
WRITTEN FOR THE LSWA
LAKE CHARLES - LSU junior outfielder Raph Rhymes was a unanimous selection as the 2012 Louisiana Hitter of the Year while teammate and sophomore starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was named the state's Pitcher of the Year in coordination with the released of the All-Louisiana baseball team Saturday.
Rhymes and Gausman joined Tigers head coach Paul Mainieri, who earned Coach of the Year honors, edging LSU-Shreveport's Rocke Musgraves in voting conducted by various state sportswriters and school sports information directors.
Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Andro Cutura was voted as the state's Freshman of the Year while Greg Friesen, a junior first baseman from LSU-Shreveport, was selected as Newcomer of the Year.
All together, 10 schools in the state were represented on the two teams as LSU led the way with eight awards including three on the first team. Tulane followed with five selections, two on the first team, as Southeastern Louisiana and LSU-Shreveport also had two first team selections.
Rhymes, who was named the Southeastern Conference's Player of the Year, flirted with hitting .500 for most of the season and finished the year with a .431 mark to go along with four homers and 53 RBI.
Gausman, a native of Centennial, Colo., led the Tigers with a 12-2 record and a 2.77 ERA this season. A fourth overall selection in this year's Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles, he struckout 135 batters in 123.2 innings pitched in 17 starts. He earned first team All-America and All-SEC honors.
Cutura, a freshman out of Pearl River, was named this year's Southland Conference Freshman of the Year after he posted an 8-3 record and a 2.62 ERA in 13 starts. He notched his first collegiate win over SEC tournament champion Mississippi State to help ignite the Lions to a two-game sweep over the Bulldogs.
Friesen, a junior from Regina, Saskatchewan, earned first team All-RRAC honors after he helped guide the Pilots to a third place finish in the NAIA College World Series. He hit .388 for the season with 12 homers, 13 doubles and 50 runs batted in.
Mainieri directed the 2012 Tigers to the Southeastern Conference regular season title, the team's second championship in the last four seasons. The Tigers posted a 42-14 regular season mark, including 19-11 in SEC play, and posted series victories over No. 1 South Carolina, No. 1 Florida, and No. 3 Arkansas during the season.
2012 All-Louisiana Baseball
1B Alex Williams, Louisiana Tech
2B Brock Hebert, Southeastern Louisiana
SS Jeremy Sy, Louisiana-Monroe
3B Thomas Brown III, Grambling
C Jeremy Schaffer, Tulane
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU
OF Mason Katz, LSU
OF Kyle Pearson, LSU-Shreveport
DH Colin Bear, Northwestern State
P Kevin Gausman, LSU
P Stefan Lopez, Southeastern Louisiana
P Jared Mortensen, LSU-Shreveport
P D.J. Ponder, Tulane
1B Joey Rapp, Louisiana-Monroe
2B Ryan Gebhardt, Louisiana Tech
SS Austin Nola, LSU
3B Garrett Cannizaro, Tulane
C Ty Ross, LSU
OF Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane
OF Seth Granger, McNeese State
OF Nick Schneeberger, Tulane
DH Derrick Hopkins, Southern
P Nick Goody, LSU
P Aaron Nola, LSU
P Chris Cotton, LSU
P Phil Maton, Louisiana Tech
Hitter of the Year: Raph Rhymes, LSU
Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Gausman, LSU
Freshman of the Year: Andro Cutura, Southeastern Louisiana
Newcomer of the Year: Greg Friesen, LSU-Shreveport
Coach of the Year: Paul Mainieri, LSU