Dirks picks up SEC honors

LSU freshman left-hander Clay Dirks was named SEC Pitcher of the Week Monday by the league office.

Dirks, a 6-4, 235-pound product of Hernando (Miss.) High School, fired a complete-game shutout last Tuesday in LSU's 6-0 victory over eighth-ranked Tulane at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.

In just his third collegiate start, Dirks limited the Green Wave to no runs on four hits in nine innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He allowed just two Tulane runners to advance to second base, and he retired 20 of the final 22 batters he faced. Dirks is 2-0 on the year with a 1.37 ERA.

Dirks' shutout was the first by an LSU pitcher since March 14, 2003, when Brian Wilson blanked Florida on five hits. Tuesday's game was also the first time LSU held an opponent scoreless since April 15, 2003, when LSU recorded an 8-0 shutout of Tulane in Alex Box Stadium.

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