Three Named Rivals Preseason All-Americans

LSU's Blake Dean
LSU's Blake Dean
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Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE -- LSU pitching ace Anthony Ranaudo, first baseman Blake Dean and reliever Matty Ott have been named to the 2010 Rivals.com Preseason All-America squad.

Ranaudo was the Tigers' No. 1 starter throughout the 2009 season, recording a 12-3 mark and a 3.04 ERA in 19 starts (124.1 innings) with 50 walks and 159 strikeouts. The junior right-hander from Jackson, N.J. finished No. 3 in the nation in strikeouts and No. 5 in wins.

Ranaudo, a 2009 third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC selection, became the first LSU pitcher to lead the SEC in strikeouts since Kurt Ainsworth (157 Ks) in 1999. He was the winning pitcher in the deciding game of the College World Series Finals versus Texas on June 24, working 5.1 innings while allowing four runs on eight hits with five walks and four strikeouts.

Dean returned to LSU for his senior season after he was selected in the 10th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. The native of Crestview, Fla. earned first-team All-SEC recognition in 2009, batting .328 with 18 doubles, 17 homers, 67 runs and a team-best 71 RBI. 

A first-team All-American in 2008, Dean is No. 8 on the all‐time LSU home run list with 44 dingers and No. 6 on the LSU career RBI list with 190.

Ott, a 2009 second-team All-American and the SEC Co-Freshman of the Year, established the LSU single-season saves record with 16, surpassing the previous mark of 14 set by Rick Greene in 1991. Ott, a sophomore right-hander from Chalmette, La., recorded a 4-2 mark and a 2.68 ERA in 37 appearances, collecting six walks and 69 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.

Ott earned the win over Texas in Game 1 of CWS Finals on June 22, firing three shutout innings while allowing no hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

LSU opens the 2010 season at 7 p.m. Friday versus Centenary in Alex Box Stadium.

Rivals.com 2010 Preseason All-America Team
C Dan Burkhart, Ohio State
1B Cody Hawn, Tennessee
2B Ross Wilson, Alabama
SS Christian Colon, Cal State Fullerton
OF Jarrett Parker, Virginia
OF Tyler Holt, Florida State
OF Bryce Brentz, Middle Tennessee State
DH Blake Dean, LSU
UT Danny Hultzen, Virginia

SP Taylor Jungmann, Texas
SP Anthony Ranaudo, LSU
SP Josh Spence, Arizona State
SP Deck McGuire, Georgia Tech
RP Addison Reed, San Diego State
RP Matty Ott, LSU

 

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