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#9 Robert Lara
Position: Catcher
Bats: Right Handed
Throws: Right Handed
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220 lbs.
Class: Freshman
Experience: High School
City/State: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: Nova HS
Robert Lara Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/26/2007

MLB Draft: 17th Round in 2005 (Minnesota)

Started 32 games behind the plate for the Tigers in 2007 after playing in a reserve role in 2006 ... one of the nation's elite defensive catchers as a high school senior ... solid frame with tremendous blocking ability and power ... the 17th-round choice of the Minnesota Twins in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007)
Appeared in 36 games (32 starts), batting .200 (21-for-105) with seven doubles, one homer, 13 RBI and 10 runs ... lined a crucial two-out, two-run double in the seventh inning of LSU's 5-3 win at Arkansas (May 6); the double extended the Tigers' lead from 3-2 to 5-2 ... enjoyed a 3-for-4 outing with one double, one homer, three RBI and two runs vs. New Orleans (March 27) ... also made three pitching appearances, allowing six earned run on nine hits in 3.2 innings with one walk and three strikeouts.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006)
Appeared in 23 games (11 starts), batting .273 (12-for-44) with two doubles, one triple, eight RBI and seven runs ... led LSU with two hits and first career triple against No. 1 Rice (5/16) ... provided a key one-out RBI pinch hit single off of Arkansas all-SEC pitcher Nick Schmidt (4/28) in the seventh inning as the Tigers scored four runs and erased a 4-2 deficit en route to a 7-6 win ... gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with a two-run single vs. Southern (4/4) in the fourth inning ... collected a season-high three hits and drove in three runs in the series finale vs. Temple (2/26) in his second career start.

HIGH SCHOOL
Prepped at Nova High School, a class 5A powerhouse in Davie, Fla. ... batted .476 in 2005 with eight homers and 32 RBI, leading his squad to the state title ... in 2004, batted .318 with a homer and 25 RBI as his team won the state championship ... 2005 squad finished No. 1 nationally by USA Today ... became the first Broward County team to win back-to-back state crowns ... voted 2004 second-team all-state by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... competed with dozens of other draftees in the 2005 National High School Home Run Derby ... coached by Pat McQuaid.

PERSONAL
Full name is Robert J. Lara ... parents are Jose and Maria Lara ... has two brothers, Daniel and Julio ... credits his father as the biggest influence on his athletic career ... business administration major at LSU ... born November 25, 1986 in Secaucus, N.J.

Lara’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 4 (several times)
Hits: 3 (twice; last 3/27/07 vs. New Orleans)
Runs Scored: 2 (3/27/07 vs. New Orleans)
Doubles: 1 (several times; last 5/11/07 vs. Florida)
Triples: 1 (5/16/06 vs. Rice)
Home Runs: 1 (3/27/07 vs. New Orleans)
RBI: 3 (2/26/06 vs. Temple; 3/27/07 vs. New Orleans)
Stolen Bases: 1 (4/14/07 vs. Ole Miss)

Lara’s LSU Career Batting Statistics

Year

Avg

GP

GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

TB

SLG%

BB

HBP

SO

SB

ATT

2006

.273

23

11

44

7

12

2

1

0

8

16

.364

5

1

12

0

0

2007
.200
36
32
105
10
21
7
0
1
13
31
.295
9
0
23
1
1
TOTALS
.221
59
43
149
17
33
9
1
1
21
47
.315
14
1
35
1
1

Lara’s LSU Career Pitching Statistics

Year

ERA

W

L

App

GS

CG

SHO

CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2007
14.73
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
3.2
9
8
6
1
3

TOTAL

14.73
1
1
3
0
0
0
0
0
3.2
9
8
6
1
3
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