LSU Baseball Report – May 18, 2009
Overall Record: 41-15 SEC Record: 20-10
2009 SEC Champions
Last Week: 3-1
May 12 – CENTENARY (W, 12-4)
May 14 – at Mississippi State (W, 5-4)
May 15 – at Mississippi State (L, 7-8)
May 16 – at Mississippi State (W, 15-4)
Nominee for Player of the Week
Leon Landry, OF, So., Baton Rouge, La.
Outfielder Leon Landry enjoyed a remarkable week, batting .800 (8-for-10) in four games with one double, three homers, five runs and eight RBI.
Landry tied LSU single-game records for hits and home runs in Saturday’s 15-4 win at Mississippi State, as he was 5-for-6 at the plate with three homers and seven RBI
The sophomore from Baker, La. became the first LSU player to hit three home runs in an SEC game since 1998, when Eddy Furniss launched three dingers at Auburn.
Landry became the first Tiger to record five hits in a game since Blake Dean accomplished the feat in the 2008 NCAA Super Regional versus UC Irvine.
Notes on the Tigers
LSU claimed the 14th Southeastern Conference title in school history last weekend, as the Tigers won two of three games at Mississippi State to end the regular season.
The ’09 SEC regular-season crown is LSU’s first since 2003 … LSU tied Alabama for the most SEC championships in league history.
LSU’s series victory at Mississippi State was the Tigers’ ninth in 10 weekends this season and their 13th league series win in 14 weekends, dating back to last season. LSU has also won seven straight SEC road series, beginning in May 2008.
The Tigers’ final regular-season record of 41-15 is the best for an LSU club since the 2004 team also completed the regular season with a 41-15 mark.
LSU right-handers Anthony Ranaudo and Louis Coleman are the first pair of Tiger pitchers to record over 100 strikeouts in the same season since 2000, when Brian Tallet (134 Ks) and Hunter Gomez (113 Ks) each exceeded the century mark.
Ranaudo enters the postseason with an SEC-leading 118 strikeouts and Coleman is No. 4 in the league with 105 Ks.
Four LSU seniors earned their degrees last week, including pitcher Louis Coleman (agricultural business), pitcher Ryan Byrd (general studies), pitcher Nolan Cain (general studies) and outfielder Nicholas Pontiff (management). The players were in Starkville, Miss. for the Mississippi State series and could not attend commencement exercises on the LSU campus, so coach Paul Mainieri held a special graduation ceremony for the seniors at the team hotel, complete with caps-and-gowns and diplomas
Top-seeded LSU begins defense of its 2008 SEC Tournament championship Wednesday versus No. 8 seed Vanderbilt.
The Tigers are seeking to become the first league team to win consecutive tournament titles since Alabama won back-to-back championships in 2002 and 2003.