Three Tigers make All-South teams

Three LSU players were named Wednesday to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region teams.

Senior outfielder Ryan Patterson and junior left-handed pitcher Greg Smith were voted to the first team, and senior outfielder Nick Stavinoha was named to the second team.

Patterson, a 2005 Sports Weekly/ESPN first-team all-American, enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at LSU after transferring prior to the 2003 season from Texarkana (Texas) College. He was selected earlier this month in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Rowlett, Texas, native hit .353 (284-for-805) during his LSU career with 66 doubles, five triples, 50 homers, 203 runs and 174 RBI. He is among the top 10 in several LSU career categories, including doubles (No. 2), home runs (No. 5), hits (No. 5), total bases (No. 5), RBI (No. 9) and runs (No. 9).

Patterson, a three-time all-SEC performer, batted .369 (92-for-249) in 2005 with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 homers, 74 runs and 56 RBI, leading the Tigers to the SEC Western Division title.

Smith, a sixth-round draft selection of the Arizona Diamondbacks, was named first-team all-SEC in 2005, posting a 10-3 mark with a 2.60 ERA and three complete games, including two shutouts. He worked 104 innings, allowing 99 hits and 30 earned runs with 25 walks and 82 strikeouts.

Smith, an Alexandria, La. native, fired 28.2 consecutive scoreless innings from April 17-May 8, the longest such streak by an LSU pitcher since Ben McDonald recorded 44.2 straight scoreless frames in 1989.

Smith, a relief pitcher for two seasons before becoming a starter in 2005, has a 12-5 LSU career record with a 2.83 ERA in 168.1 innings.

Stavinoha was named second-team all-SEC in 2005, batting a team-high .370 (95-for-257) with 23 doubles, one triple, 18 homers, 50 runs and 65 RBI.

The Houston native was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, hitting .647 (11-for-17 in four games with three doubles, one homer, three runs and six RBI.

Stavinoha was chosen in the seventh round of the draft by the St. Louis Cardinals.

2005 ABCA All-South Region Teams

FIRST TEAM
Catcher: Brad Willcutt, Sr., Southern Miss
First Base: Matt LaPorta, So., Florida
Second Base: John Shelby, So., Kentucky
Shortstop: Tommy Manzella, Sr., Tulane
Third Base: Chase Headley, Jr., Tennessee
DH/Utility: Stephen Head, Jr., Ole Miss
Outfield: Eli Iorg, Jr., Tennessee
Outfield: Ryan Patterson, Sr., LSU
Outfield: Brian Pettway, Jr., Ole Miss
Starting Pitcher: Brian Bogusevic, Jr., Tulane
Starting Pitcher: Luke Hochevar, Jr., Tennessee
Starting Pitcher: Greg Smith, Jr., LSU
Relief Pitcher: John Madden, Sr., Auburn

SECOND TEAM
Catcher: Henry Gutierrez, Sr., Troy
First Base: Adam Tucker, Jr., Birmingham-Southern
Second Base: Adam Davis, So., Florida
Shortstop: Justin Tordi, Jr., Florida
Third Base: Jeff Baisley, Sr., South Florida
DH/Utility: Micah Owings, Jr., Tulane
Outfield: Jeff Corsaletti, Sr., Florida
Outfield: Adam Godwin, Sr., Troy
Outfield: Nick Stavinoha, Sr., LSU
Starting Pitcher: Brad Adcock, Sr., Troy
Starting Pitcher: Rowdy Hardy, Jr., Austin Peay
Starting Pitcher: Jensen Lewis, Jr., Vanderbilt
Relief Pitcher: Daniel Best, Jr., Southern Miss


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