Ott, Ranaudo Win Weekly Awards; Baseball No. 4

LSU's Matty Ott
LSU's Matty Ott
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BATON ROUGE -- LSU pitchers Anthony Ranaudo and Matty Ott were recognized Monday for their contributions to the fourth-ranked Tigers’ SEC series sweep of Auburn last weekend.

Ranaudo was named one of six National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine, and Ott was named Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Week by the league office.

Ranaudo, a sophomore right-hander from Jackson, N.J., delivered an exceptional performance on Friday versus Auburn, firing a career-high 15 strikeouts in a 7-3 victory. The 15 Ks were the most by an LSU pitcher since Kurt Ainsworth recorded 16 strikeouts at Tennessee in 1999

Ranaudo, the SEC leader in strikeouts this season with 98, is 5-2 with a 2.89 ERA and a .204 opponent batting average in 65.1 innings.

Ott, a freshman right-hander from Metairie, La., enjoyed a remarkable week, recording a win and three saves in four appearances. Ott fired 5.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits (all singles) with one walk and four strikeouts. He earned a save in Tuesday’s win over Southeastern Louisiana, allowing two hits over 1.2 scoreless innings with one strikeout. He recorded his second save of the week Friday versus Auburn, striking out the final two batters with two runners on to preserve a 7-3 victory.

Ott was the winning pitcher in Saturday’s 7-6 victory over Auburn, as he fired two shutout innings without surrendering a hit. He completed the week with another save in Sunday’s 7-6 win over Auburn, blanking the Plainsmen over the final 1.1 innings with one strikeout.

Ott is 3-1 on the year with a 2.36 ERA and 10 saves. He has recorded three walks and 52 strikeouts in 34.1 innings of work.

LSU (33-12, 14-7 SEC) moved up to No. 4 this week in the Collegiate Baseball poll. The Tigers also rose to No. 5 in both the Baseball America and USA Today/ESPN polls.

Baseball America Top 25
April 27, 2009

Rk. Team W-L Last Week Prev.
1. UC Irvine 30-11 4-1 1
2. Rice 28-10 1-0 2
3. Arizona State 31-9 3-1 3
4. North Carolina 35-11 4-1 4
5. LSU 33-11 5-0 6
6. Cal State Fullerton 29-11 5-0 10
7. Mississippi 32-12 4-1 11
8. Texas 29-11 0-3 5
9. Oklahoma 33-11 4-0 13
10. Georgia Tech 28-11 2-3 7
11. Georgia 33-11 2-3 8
12. Arkansas 29-12 3-1 12
13. Cal Poly 29-10 2-1 14
14. Virginia 34-9 4-1 15
15. Texas Christian 27-12 4-1 16
16. Kansas State 31-11 2-0 23
17. Baylor 25-17 0-5 9
18. Miami 29-14 3-1 18
19. Florida State 30-12 5-0 21
20. Texas A&M 28-15 3-1 24
21. Clemson 30-15 4-1 NR
22. Alabama 29-15 2-2 22
23. Kent State 32-9 4-1 25
24. Florida 31-14 5-0 NR
25. East Carolina 32-13 4-1 NR

Dropped Out: Oregon State (17), San Diego State (19), Hawaii (20)

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper's Top 30
April 27, 2009
 
Rank School (Record) Points Previous
1. U.C. Irvine (30-11) 491   1
2. Arizona St. (31-9) 488   2
3. North Carolina (35-11) 486   3
4. LSU (33-12) 485   9
5. Cal. St. Fullerton (29-11) 483 10
6. Georgia (33-11) 480   5
7. Arkansas (29-12) 477   7
8. Rice (28-10) 476   8
9. Florida St. (30-12) 473 15
10. Georgia Tech. (28-11-1) 470   4
11. Virginia (34-9-1) 468 11
12. Mississippi (32-12) 466 13
13. Cal Poly (29-10) 465 12
14. Oklahoma (33-11) 464 14
15. Texas A&M (28-15) 462 16
16. Texas (29-11-1) 460   6
17. Florida (31-14) 458 22
18. Miami, Fla. (29-14) 457 18
19. Clemson (30-15) 454 26
20. Texas Christian (27-12) 452 20
21. Kent St. (32-9) 450 25
22. Oregon St. (24-11) 447 19
23. Alabama (29-15) 445 21
24. Kansas St. (31-11-1) 442
25. South Florida (27-15) 439 29
26. Texas St. (31-10) 437
27. Ohio St. (31-10) 434 24
28. Illinois (26-12) 433
29. George Mason (34-8) 432 27
30. East Carolina (32-13) 429

 

 

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