SEC tournament notebook

LSU defeated Vanderbilt, 6-2, on Sunday to claim the 2009 Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship.

HOOVER, Ala. – With Sunday’s win, LSU won at least a share of the regular season conference championship and the SEC tournament championship in the same year for the first time since 1992. LSU went on to host the South Regional that year but Cal State Fullerton won the regional to advance to the College World Series.

 

Prior to this year, LSU had never lost the first game of the conference tournament and went on to be crowned as champs. On two occasions the Tigers clawed their way to the conference championship game after opening up with a loss, but came up short against Mississippi State in 1987 [13-3] and to Alabama in 1998 [9-8].

 

This is the first time that LSU has ever won the conference tournament in back to back years. When the SEC went to a division tournament from 1993-1995, the Tigers did win the Western Division in ’93 and ’94.

 

LSU finished with a 5-1 record and tied the mark for most wins in a SEC tournament in LSU history. The Tigers also were 5-1 in 1992 when they won the conference tournament in New Orleans.

 

LSU's record in SEC postseason play is now 63-37 for a .630 winning percentage.

 

For the tournament, LSU batted .287 as a team (54-for-188) and had 16 extra base hits – 13 doubles, a triple and two homers.

 

LSU true freshman Mikie Mahtook was selected Most Valuable Player. He was 10-for-22 at the plate with all 10 hits going for singles. He hit .455 over the six games and his 10 hits were the most by anyone in the 2009 tournament.

 

Austin Nola’s two-run triple against Georgia accounted for the only triple of the tournament.

 

Other LSU players that made the all-tournament team were Daniel Bradshaw (pitcher), Austin Nola (shortstop) and Blake Dean (designated hitter).

 

LSU's pitching staff allowed 15 runs – 13 earned – on 38 hits in 50 innings. LSU struck out 32 and walked 17 batters in six games.

 

Matty Ott logged his 13th and 14th save during the tournament. His two saves were most by a pitcher in this year’s tournament and he tied an LSU record with his 14th save of the season.

 

LSU has already been awarded a host site and will host the Baton Rouge Regional next weekend. The Tigers will learn tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. that they will also be a top eight national seed, which means they will also host a super regional if they win the Baton Rouge Regional.

 

SEC Tournament (6 Games)

Top Hitters

Mikie Mahtook – 10-22 (.455), 3 RBI, 2 runs

Leon Landry – 6-15 (.400), 3 2B, 4 RI, 3 runs

Blake Dean – 5-17 (.294), 2 2B, 4 RBI, 5 runs

Sean Ochinko – 4-12 (.333), 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs

Micah Gibbs – 6-20 (.300), 3 2B, 6 RBI, 4 runs

Ryan Schimpf – 6-22 (.273), 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 runs

DJ LeMahieu – 4-18 (.222), 4 RBI, 3 runs

Austin Nola – 3-17 (.176), 1 3B, 3 RBI, 5 runs

Jared Mitchell – 3-17 (.176), 2 2B, 3 RBI, 5 runs

 

Top Pitchers

Daniel Bradshaw – 1-0, 2 APP, 7.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Louis Coleman – 1-0, 8 IP, 1.12 ERA, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Nolan Cain – 1-0, 1 APP, 5.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K

Anthony Ranaudo – 1-0, 7.1 IP, 3.68 ERA, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 6 K

Ryan Byrd – 1-0, 7 IP, 2.86 ERA, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Austin Ross – 0-1, 1 APP, 6.00 ERA, 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K

Paul Bertuccini – 2 APP, 1 SV, 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Chad Jones – 3 APP, 1.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Matty Ott – 2 APP, 2 SV, 2.1 IP, 3.86 ERA, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Buzzy Haydel – 2 APP, 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K


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