LSU Baseball Report – April 12, 2010
Overall Record: 26-6
SEC Record: 8-4 (2nd place in SEC West; 3rd overall)
Last Week: 3-2
April 6 – ALCORN STATE (W, 17-5)
April 7 – vs. Southern Miss (W, 6-5 in 12 innings)
April 9 – at Auburn (W, 14-10)
April 10 – at Auburn (L, 7-11)
April 11 – at Auburn (L, 5-6)
Notes on the Tigers
LSU is ranked in the Top 10 of a college baseball poll for the 32nd consecutive week, a streak that began on May 19, 2008.
The Tigers dropped two of three games at Auburn last weekend, marking their first SEC series loss since April 17-19, 2009 versus Tennessee in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU had won seven straight league series overall and eight consecutive conference series on the road prior to last weekend.
LSU has won 16 of its past 18 SEC series since April 25, 2008.
The Tigers lost two straight games at Auburn on Saturday and Sunday, marking just the second time LSU has lost two in a row over the past 134 games, a stretch that began on April 22, 2008.
Micah Gibbs had another excellent week at the plate for the Tigers, batting .444 (8-for-18) in four games with one double, one triple, one homer, six RBI and six runs. The junior catcher is batting .403 on the year with six doubles, three triples, five homers and 33 RBI.
Sophomore third baseman Grant Dozar batted .438 (7-for-16) last week with two doubles, one triple, six RBI and five runs.
Senior designated hitter Matt Gaudet, who leads the SEC with 11 home runs this season, hit .421 (8-for-19) in five games last week with five RBI and two runs scored.
Mikie Mahtook batted .409 (9-for-22) last week with one double, one triple, one homer, four RBI, four stolen bases and eight runs scored.
LSU hit .350 (69-for-197) as a team in its five games last week with 13 doubles, five triples, five homers and 49 runs scored, an average of just under 10 runs per game.
Anthony Ranaudo earned his first win of the season when the Tigers defeated Auburn on Friday.
Ranaudo fired a season-high 86 pitches in the victory. The junior right-hander, who missed four starts due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and three strikeouts.
Freshman left-hander Chris Cotton earned his first career save on Friday at Auburn, retiring the final two batters with two runners on base and the tying run on deck.
LSU is 8-1 in one-run games this season, including Wednesday’s 6-5, 12-inning victory over Southern Miss at Zephyr Field in Metairie, La.
This Saturday’s LSU game versus Alabama will be “Ben McDonald Day” at Alex Box Stadium. McDonald’s jersey No. 19 will be formally retired and permanently displayed on the fascia of the Alex Box Stadium grandstand.
McDonald, a 6-7 right-hander from Denham Springs, La., won the 1989 Golden Spikes Award and he was the No. 1 overall selection in the ’89 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He is the SEC leader in single-season strikeouts with 202 Ks in 1989.