LSU Baseball Report – May 11, 2009
Overall Record: 38-14 SEC Record: 18-9 (1st place)
Last Week: 2-1
May 8 – # 9 FLORIDA (W, 10-1)
May 9 -- #9 FLORIDA (W, 4-0)
May 10 -- #9 FLORIDA (L, 3-9)
Nominee for Pitcher of the Week
Louis Coleman, RHP, Sr., Schlater, Miss.
Notes on the Tigers
LSU won two of three games over ninth-ranked Florida last weekend, taking sole possession of first place in the overall SEC standings.
LSU won an SEC series over a Top 10 team for the second straight week; LSU defeated No. 7 Arkansas in two of three games May 2-3.
LSU travels to Mississippi State this weekend seeking its first SEC regular-season title since 2003.
The Tigers’ series win over Florida marked LSU’s eighth in nine SEC weekends this season – LSU has won 12 of its last 13 league series, dating back to last season.
Senior right-hander Louis Coleman recorded another brilliant outing in a win over Florida Saturday, as he increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 17 … Coleman fired eight shutout innings against the Gators, allowing just four hits with one walk and seven strikeouts … Coleman (10-2) leads the SEC in wins, ERA (2.45) and opponent batting average (.205) … In 84.1 innings this season, he has recorded 18 walks and 99 strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Anthony Ranaudo defeated Florida on Friday, limiting the Gators to one run on six hits in seven innings with three walks and seven strikeouts … Ranaudo increased his SEC-leading strikeout total to 112; he is seeking to become the first LSU pitcher to lead the SEC in strikeouts since 1999, when Kurt Ainsworth recorded 157 Ks.
Junior designated hitter Blake Dean batted .417 (5-for-12) in the Florida series with one double, one homer and four RBI to help lead the Tigers to the series victory.
Junior second baseman DJ LeMahieu also batted .417 (5-for-12) against the Gators with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and three runs.
Junior leftfielder Ryan Schimpf increased team-best home run total to 16 on the year with two solo shots against the Gators.
The three-game series between LSU and Florida drew 24,479 fans, representing the largest three-game total in LSU baseball history … Saturday’s contest set a single-game school record when 9,131 fans witnessed the Tigers’ win over the Gators in Alex Box Stadium.