Patterson named Player of the Week

LSU senior outfielder Ryan Patterson was named Monday as the SEC Player of the Week by the league office.

Patterson led the Tigers to series victory over ninth-ranked Tennessee, propelling LSU to sole possession of first place in the SEC Western Division.

Patterson hit .636 (7-for-11) in the series with one double, two homers, five RBI and six runs scored. He also walked twice, posting a .692 on-base percentage and a 1.273 slugging percentage.

In Saturday's 9-3 win over the Volunteers, Patterson tied an LSU single-game record with five hits -- including one homer and one double – while collecting three RBI and scoring four runs. He launched a two-run homer on Sunday to move into a fifth-place tie with Albert Belle (1985-87) on the all-time LSU home runs list (49).

Patterson raised his batting average in SEC games to .376 (41-for-109) with eight doubles, one triple, 11 homers and 24 RBI. For the entire season, he is hitting .397 (81-for-204) with 20 doubles, two triples, 19 homers and 49 RBI.

Patterson is the third LSU player to receive recognition from the conference office this season. Second baseman Clay Harris was named SEC Player of the Week on April 17 and left-hander Clay Dirks was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 24.

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