Patterson SEC Player of the Week

An LSU baseball player has been honored by the Southeastern Conference for the second time in three weeks as the league's position player of the week. Sophomore outfielder Ryan Patterson took this week's honor for his performance against Tennessee.

Patterson, a native of Rowlett, Texas, who transferred to LSU after one year at Texarkana Junior College, enjoyed the best week by a Tiger hitter to date this season, batting .632 (12-for-19) with four doubles, two home runs, seven runs scored, 10 RBI and a 1.158 slugging percentage.

Patterson was 3-for-5 with three RBI in the Tigers' 14-8 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday, then continued his hot play in the three-game sweep of Tennessee this weekend, going 9-for-14 (.643) with seven RBI and six runs scored. Patterson went a career best 4-for-5 in Saturday's 10-6 win over the Volunteers, then drove in a career high four runs with a 3-for-4 effort in a 15-4 triumph on Sunday.

In the four games last week, Patterson hit .778 (7-for-9) with runners in scoring position and collected five two-out RBI.

For the year, Patterson is batting .353 on the season and .393 in SEC games and leads the team with a .467 average with runners in scoring position.

The other LSU player to win Player of the Week honors was junior shortstop Aaron Hill, who won his award following the Ole Miss series when he batted .538 (7-for-13) in the Tigers' series win over the Rebels.

The Tigers (No. 6 Collegiate Baseball, No. 10 Baseball America) return to action on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. when they face archrival Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Last year's LSU-Tulane game in the Superdome drew an NCAA record crowd of 27,673.

LSU (30-13-1, 15-5-1 SEC) leads the SEC overall race by 2 1/2 games over Auburn and three games over Mississippi State heading into this weekend's three-game series with the Bulldogs in Starkville.

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